NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If you're raising daughters, you might have an easier time if you live in the Midwest, Northeast or Mid-Atlantic regions.

A recent report by the Girl Scout Research Institute titled "The State of Girls: Thriving Or Surviving?" ranks the best and worst states for young girls to grow up in. The index of girls' well-being is a calculation of five indicators: physical health and safety, emotional health, economic well-being, education, and extracurricular and out-of-school time activity, according to Kamla Modi, Ph.D., senior researcher for the Girl Scout Research Institute.

"These five indicators, when calculated together, form a cohesive story about the measure of how girls are faring," Modi says.

For example, a number of research studies on youth have shown a correlation between participation in extracurricular activities and educational success metrics, such as lower high school dropout, greater college attendance and higher grades, Modi explains. Modi says extracurricular participation "presents a needed balance that supplements the curriculum learned in the classroom."

The Girl Scout study's methodology is based on national data sources, such as the U.S. Census, the Center for Disease Control's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System and the National Center for Education Statistics.

"The findings in this report are compelling; in the United States, where girls live matters," the report emphasizes.

"When it comes to well-being, there are clear differences between girls who live in the north and those who live in the south. Namely, girls generally fare better in the northern states than in the southern states," the report goes on to explain.

In addition to ranking the best places to raise girls by state, the Girl Scout Research Institute also highlights some big-picture findings. For example, roughly 37% of fourth-grade girls in the U.S. are proficient in reading and 34% of eighth-grade girls are proficient in math, according to 2011 data compiled from the U.S. Department of Education.

Forty-eight percent of 3- to 4-year-old girls across the country are enrolled in preschool, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 American Community Survey's Public Use Microdata Sample.

Roughly 82% of girls ages 6 to 17 participate in at least one extracurricular activity, according to the CDC's 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health.

As they grow older, there are 130 women enrolled in college for every 100 men, according to the American Community Survey 2010 Public Use Microdata Sample.

Among the negative findings, 39% of girls say they have been discouraged or put down when trying to lead, based on 2008 data from the Girl Scout Research Institute. Furthermore, 34% of teen girls say they are depressed, according to the CDC's 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.

Here's a closer look at how each of the top 10 and bottom 10 states fare for young girls.

The Top 10 States to Raise Girls

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1. New Hampshire

Girls living in New Hampshire excel when it comes to participation in extracurricular activities, with roughly 91% of girls ages 6 to 17 participating in at least one, according to the CDC's 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health.

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2. North Dakota

This state ranked first for economic well-being, based on an index calculated by the Girl Scouts Research Institute made up of four indicators: girls in poverty, girls in single-parent families, girls without health insurance and girls who are disconnected from work and school. North Dakota also outperforms in extracurricular activities, with about 88% of girls ages 6 to 17 participating in at least one extracurricular activity, such as a sport like softball or soccer or volunteering.

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3. South Dakota

South Dakota takes the helm for emotional health, based on the Girl Scout Research Institute's well-being index. About 88% of girls ages 6 to 17 participate in at least one extracurricular activity. Only 4% of girls ages 6 to 17 need treatment for emotional, behavioral or developmental issues, compared to the U.S. national average of 9%.

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4. Massachusetts

Extracurricular participation for girls ages 6 to 17 is as high as 87% in Massachusetts. In this state, about 54% of fourth-grade girls are proficient in reading and 51% of eighth-grade girls are proficient in math. However, 12% of girls in Massachusetts have reported needing treatment for an emotional, behavioral or developmental issue, compared to 11% in New Hampshire and 8% in North Dakota.

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5. Vermont

Vermont places second for physical health and safety. About 8% of girls ages 6 to 17 have experienced neighborhood violence. Roughly 92% of girls ages 6 to 17 participate in at least one extracurricular activity.

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6. Connecticut

In this state, 88% of girls ages 6 to 17 participate in at least one extracurricular activity. Roughly 46% of fourth-grade girls are proficient in reading and 37% of eighth-grade girls are proficient in math.

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7. Minnesota

About 89% of girls ages 6 to 17 participate in at least one extracurricular activity in Minnesota. Roughly 48% of eighth-grade girls are proficient in math.

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8. Virginia

In Virginia, 43% of fourth-grade girls are proficient in reading. About 46% of 3- to 4-year-old girls are enrolled in preschool.

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9. New Jersey

New Jersey ranks third in the U.S. when it comes to education. About 46% of fourth-grade girls are proficient in reading and 46% of eighth-grade girls are proficient in math. Preschool enrollment is at 63% for 3- to 4-year-old girls.

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10. Utah

This state places second for extracurricular activities, with 84% of girls ages 6 to 17 participating in at least one. About 41% of 3- to 4-year-old girls are enrolled in preschool.

Following are the worst states to raise girls, the 10 states that ranked at the bottom of the Girls Scouts' ranking.

The Worst 10 States to Raise Girls

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41. Arkansas

Forty-two percent of girls ages 3 to 4 are enrolled in preschool in Arkansas. Roughly 31% of girls ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese. About 26% of school-age girls are living in poverty.

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42. Georgia

About 36% of girls ages 10 to 17 in Georgia are overweight or obese. About 26% of school-age girls are living in poverty. Good news: Seventy-seven percent of girls ages 6 to 17 participate in at least one extracurricular activity.

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43. Tennessee

This state ranks second to last for emotional health. Twelve percent of girls ages 6 to 17 need treatment for emotional, behavioral or developmental issues. Roughly 28% of girls ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese.

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44. West Virginia

This state ranks second to last for extracurricular activities. About 28% of girls ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, and 24% of school-age girls are living in poverty.

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45. Louisiana

Roughly 37% of girls ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, and about 12% of girls ages 6 to 17 have experienced neighborhood violence. Extracurricular activity, though, is bustling, with 82% of girls participating in at least one.

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46. Oklahoma

This state ranked second to last for physical health and safety. Twenty-nine percent of girls ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, 16% of girls ages 6 to 17 have experienced neighborhood violence, and 11% of girls ages 6 to 17 need treatment for emotional, behavioral or developmental issues.

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47. Arizona

In this state, about 25% of school-age girls are living in poverty. About 33% of girls ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese. Roughly 13% of girls ages 6 to 17 have experienced neighborhood violence. On the bright side, about 79% of girls ages 6 to 17 participate in at least one extracurricular activity.

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48. New Mexico

In New Mexico, only 22% of fourth-grade girls are proficient in reading and 24% of eighth-grade girls are proficient in math. Roughly 15% of girls ages 6 to 17 have experienced neighborhood violence, and 28% of school-age girls are living in poverty.

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49. Nevada

Nevada ranked at the very bottom for education and extracurricular activities. In this state, one out of four girls ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese and 22% of school-age girls are living in poverty.

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50. Mississippi

This state ranked at the bottom of the list for physical health and safety, with 37% of girls ages 10 to 17 being overweight or obese and about 13% of girls ages 6 to 17 experiencing neighborhood violence. It also ranked last for emotional health, with 8% of girls ages 6 to 17 needing treatment for emotional, behavioral or developmental issues.