Mississippi is the state with the most at-risk youth according to the results of a recent study.
WalletHub, an online financial site, recently ranked the states.
Following Mississippi in the top 10 with high numbers of at risk youth were Louisiana, New Mexico, Alabama, West Virginia, Arkansas, Oregon, Oklahoma and South Carolina.
Georgia came in at No. 11.
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According to the study, the state with the least number of at risk youth is North Dakota.
The study can be found here.
One of the factors used to determine the list was the share of disconnected youth which refers to the population ages 18-24 who are not attending school, not working and have no degree beyond a high school diploma.
Drug use, obesity, poverty and labor force participation were all factors.
According to WalletHub, about one in eight individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither working nor attending school. Others suffer from poor health conditions that hinder their ability to develop physically or socially.
According to a report from Mission: Readiness, 71 percent of young adults today are ineligible to join the U.S. military due primarily to a lack of basic academic skills, criminal records or health issues such as obesity and diabetes.
Sources included the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Nation’s Report Card, The Annie F. Casey Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, Substance And Mental Health Services Administration, National Priorities Project and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.