Minnesota ranks first in the nation in the annual Kids Count ranking for child well–being.

The annual Kids Count ranking shows a decline in child deaths and substance abuse has pushed Minnesota into the top spot in measurements of economic well–being, health care, education and family and community issues.

Community Impact Director at Greater Mankato United Way Elizabeth Harstad said, "We live in a state that has a lot of programs and ways to support families and children to grow up on track and healthy."

In past years, Minnesota's rank has held steady in the top ten, ranking in the top just 5 last year.