COLUMBIA — South Carolina ranks among the worst states in its care of underprivileged children, according to a national study released Monday morning.

The state ranks 32nd in percentage of maltreated children, with one being the lowest ranking; 46th in health for the children and 42nd for education.

Overall, the study by WalletHub, a personal finances website, ranked South Carolina 45th in its care of underprivileged children.

The study used a variety of factors to rank each state, ranging from infant death rates, to food insecurity to percentage of children in foster care.

South Carolina had one of the lowest percentages of children in foster care, according to the study, but one of the highest percentages of children in single-parent families.

The United States has the second highest rate of relative child poverty among economically developed nations, according to WalletHub.

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