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Nevada Fares Poorly In New Study Of At Risk Youth

Only Three Other States Did Worse

July 17, 2019 - 6:42 am

LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) -  With about one in nine young Americans today neither working nor in school, exposing them to greater risk of poverty and violence, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on states with the most at-risk youth and Nevada fares poorly.

The site ranks the Silver State with the 5th highest number of at-risk youth. Factors taken into account include percentages of homeless youth, youth drug users, overweight and obese youth, and those without high school diplomas. Also factored in are the number of young people participating in the work force.

Nevada fares worst when it comes to homeless youth, ranking at the top of that list. Also hurting the state's overall ranking- kids without diplomas (3rd), overweight and disconnected youth (5th in both) and youth drug users (12th)

The only states that fared worse than Nevada were Arkansas, Mississippi, The District Of Columbia, and - at the bottom - Louisiana. 

New Hampshire, Utah, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and New Jersey had the least at-risk youth.