Childhood is a period marked by innocence and a wide-eyed wonder and optimism about the world. Children are blissfully unaware of how unfair life is, or at least that’s how it should be.
But around the world, children are forced under employment, slavery, subjected to mental, physical, and sexual abuse, and face issues that take their childhood away from them.
Across the US, children sometimes face similar situations, and teenage pregnancy and early deaths (and suicides) are a huge threat for children, though an underdiscussed issue.
What is maybe not surprising however is that the states that these children live in have some influence and can increase their risk of having an early pregnancy or death. According to the data provided by Save the Children, Arkansas has the highest rate of food insecurity and teen births, which is in fact twice the national average in the USA.
Comparatively, states like New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire have a much lower rate of young deaths and teen pregnancies.
According to the statistics based on the data, which ranks all states on four factors that end childhood (poor education, food insecurity, early deaths, and teenage pregnancies) these states rank the highest and lowest on the scale.
Infographic by: https://www.statista.com/