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Study: Where To Raise Your Kid

Looking for the best place to raise a child?

New England might be the place to go-that's according to a list released by the Children's Rights Council Tuesday.

Maine tops the list, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Maryland, Kansas, Wisconsin and Iowa.

The worst places to raise a child: California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Washington, D.C.

Council President David Levy told CBS This Morning Co-Anchor Mark McEwen that high numbers of divorces, teen birth rates, juvenile arrests and family breakups of all sorts can affect a state's performance.

"Parenting really is a key factor in how well children do and how well a state does," Levy said. "We found that out repeatedly."

Levy said the list is meant to keep people wondering how their state can do better.

"The more we encourage parents who feel pushed away to get back in the picture, the better children and families will do," Levy said.

[The Council's press release, including the complete list of all 50 states and D.C.]