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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Children play as a mothers group meets at a local park on May 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Tony Abbott's Coalition government will deliver it's first federal budget tonight and is expected to reveal several welfare spending cuts and tax increases as well as increases in defence and infrastructure spending. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The Garden State is apparently one of the best places to raise a child.  Kids Count, an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, rates New Jersey the fifth best state to raise a child, behind only New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Iowa, and Minnesota. Quality of education and the low number of children who lack health coverage are among the factors New Jersey fared well in the study.  The number of children living in poverty, however, remains unchanged at 14-percent.  Arizona, Nevada, Mississippi, Louisiana and New Mexico were ranked the worst.