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Florida ranked 40th in health well-being of children, according to the 2019 Kids Count profile.
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The well-being of Florida’s children is getting worse, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Despite improvements in education and economic well-being, the report shows that there are other indicators where Florida declined, leading the state’s overall ranking to sink to 37th in the country. This is down from 34th a year earlier.

Florida Kids Count

By most indications the economy has improved a lot over the past five years, but some Florida children aren’t reaping the benefits.

Between 2011 and 2016 the number of children living in poverty in the state decreased by nearly four percent. Still, one in five children live in poverty, and the number of children who are living in high poverty areas went up by nearly a percent, according to the latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

A new study from The Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that 13 percent of Florida's 18 thousand foster youth are living in group homes instead of with a family.   That's just under the national average of 14 percent.

WUSF's Lisa Peakes spoke with the foundation 's Tracey Field about Florida's ranking.