Texas Gov. Rick Perry came to Connecticut recently trying to convince businesses here that they'd be far better off moving to the Lone Star State. Maybe, unless those corporate types have children.
According to this year's Kids Count ratings, Texas ranks 42nd out of the 50 states in terms of "Overall child well-being."
Connecticut happens to be near the top of the non-profit organization's best places to raise children, in the Number 9 spot.
The Kids Count rating system is done by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and this is the 24th edition of their national rankings. The group uses 16 indicators including stuff like poverty, education and health to determine how good a place is for children to live.
The best places in the nation, according to the foundation, are New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. The bottom three are Nevada, Mississippi and New Mexico.
Here's just a quick example of why Connecticut may be a slightly better place for kids than Texas:
- In our state, 15 percent of children are living in poverty.
- In Texas, 27 percent of kids live below the poverty line.
Could be Gov. Perry might want to take care of that little problem (and a few others) if he wants to lure Connecticut businesses to his state.