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Maryland No. 19 in girls’ well-being

Maryland ranks 19th in the United States for how girls are faring in key social, economic and health issues affecting the 479,066 girls ages 5 to 17 in the state, according to data compiled by the Girl Scout Research Institute. Maryland ranked No. 26 in physical health and safety, 13 in economic well-being, 6 in education, 22 in emotional health and 32 in extracurricular activities. Thestudy says about 13 percent of Maryland’s school-age girls live in poverty, 28 percent of those 10 to 17 are overweight and 11 percent of those 6 to 17 have experienced neighborhood violence. About 83 percent participate in at least one extracurricular activity. New Hampshire ranked first overall, and Mississippi ranked last. To see the full rankings, go to