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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 www.girlscouts.org/stateofgirls.