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The 10 most dangerous states to live in for children, according to the CDC

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One child dies every hour from an injury and according to data released by the CDC this week, some states present a significantly greater risk for children than others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently conducted extensive research into the child death rate. Findings, which were posted to the organization's website this week, showed that the No. 1 killer of children is injury.

According to the CDC, injuries that contribute most to child death rates include car accidents, drowning, suffocation, poisoning and falls. As part of the research, which focused on figures from 2009 and compared them to those taken each year since 2000, the CDC revealed which states had the highest death rates among children aged 0 to 19 years old.

As a comparative measure, the United States as a whole had 9,143 child deaths resulting from unintentional injury in 2009. The death rate for the country was 11.0 children deaths for every 100,000 in the specified population.

Here are the top 10 most dangerous states to live in for children, according to CDC statistics.

T-9. Arkansas - Death rate: 17.6 (per 100,000 children)

Arkansas saw a 34 percent decrease in child deaths from 2000, but the state still suffered 139 fatalities in 2009.

T-9. New Mexico - Death rate: 17.6

Unfortunately, New Mexico's death rate rose 2.9 from its 2008 figure of 14.7.

8. South Carolina - Death rate: 18.0

The state lost 219 children to accidental deaths in 2009.

7. Alaska - Death rate: 19.0

Despite a significant 43 percent drop since 2000, Alaska's 36 child deaths in 2009 put it in the top 10.

6. Oklahoma - Death rate 19.5

Oklahoma saw 200 children die due to accidents in 2009.

5. Louisiana - Death rate: 20.1

Louisiana's death rate has fluctuated greatly since 2000 and seen just a 9 percent drop since that year.

4. Wyoming - Death rate: 20.2

Wyoming lost 30 children in 2009, but that was enough to earn a spot in the top five.

3. Montana - Death rate: 20.5

Another northwestern state, Montana's death rate was down 35 percent from its 2000 figure.

2. South Dakota - Death rate: 23.6

After two straight years with a death rate under 18.5, South Dakota ballooned back to 23.6 in 2009.

1. Mississippi - Death rate: 25.1

And Mississippi earns the negative distinction as being the most dangerous state for children, according to CDC figures. The Magnolia State suffered 216 children deaths in 2009, down from the 268 in 2000, but still enough to keep its death rate well above any other state.

According to the CDC numbers, the safest state for children is Massachusetts with a miniscule 4.0 death rate number in 2009. The four other states with the lowest death rates for children are New Jersey (4.5), Connecticut (6.4), New York (6.7) and California (7.5).

Click here for a full list of the CDC's findings sorted by state and cause of death

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