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Complete Health Indicator Report of New Mexico Population - Poverty Among Children Age 5-17

Definition

The estimated percentage of children under age 5-17 living in households whose income is at or below the federal poverty level.

Numerator

Estimated number of children under age 5-17 living in households whose income is at or below the federal poverty level.

Denominator

The estimated number of children under age 5-17 in the population.

Data Interpretation Issues

The U.S. Poverty Guidelines are published in January of each year, and may be found online at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/. Beginning with the year 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau switched from the Current Population Survey as a data source for these data to the American Community Survey. Poverty estimates from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program are modeled, using ACS data as inputs, and are considered more accurate than estimates directly from the American Community Survey (ACS). Data views for NM and U.S. by year, county, school district, and U.S. States are from SAIPE. Estimates for NM Small Areas and race/ethnicity are not available on SAIPE, so the ACS 5-year estimates are used for those data views. Population size estimates from the UNM Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) program are considered more accurate for New Mexico. For the county, New Mexico by year, and Small Area data views, the poverty percentage estimates were applied to the GPS population estimates to calculate counts and population size. GPS population estimates are not available for U.S. states or school districts, so the SAIPE population estimates were used for those data views. The race/ethnicity categories provided by the U.S. Census do not match those used by NMDOH, so the population estimates provided are ACS 5-year estimates.

Why Is This Important?

Research suggests that living in poverty during early childhood is associated with lower than average academic performance that begins in kindergarten(1) and extends through elementary and high school. Living in poverty during early childhood is associated with lower than average rates of school completion.(2)

Other Objectives

New Mexico Early Learning Indicator

How Are We Doing?

In 2017, 89,200 children, or one out of every four New Mexico school-aged children, 5 to 17 years old, were in families living in poverty.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

In 2017, the U.S. poverty rate for school-age children was 17.3% compared to the New Mexico rate of 24.6%. The poverty rates among the states ranged from 9.1% in New Hampshire to 27% in Mississippi.


Related Indicators

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Percentage of Children Age 5-17 Living in Poverty by School District, New Mexico, 2017

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In 2017, 1 out of every 4 school-aged New Mexico children were living in poverty.
School DistrictPercentage of Children Age 5-17 in PovertyLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 89
Alamogordo Public Schools25.5%24.5%26.5%1,7136,725
Albuquerque Public Schools16.9%16.7%17.1%18,802111,255
Animas Public Schools29.9%22.9%36.9%49164
Artesia Public Schools21.2%19.9%22.5%7943,750
Aztec Municipal Schools16.0%14.8%17.2%5433,401
Belen Consolidated Schools23.1%21.9%24.3%1,1805,119
Bernalillo Public Schools21.9%20.7%23.1%9344,258
Bloomfield Municipal Schools26.0%24.6%27.4%9283,571
Capitan Municipal Schools28.7%24.8%32.6%152529
Carlsbad Municipal Schools19.5%18.5%20.5%1,2686,519
Carrizozo Municipal Schools44.3%36.8%51.8%74167
Central Consolidated Schools36.4%35.3%37.5%2,5667,052
Chama Valley Independent Schools25.6%21.1%30.1%92360
Cimarron Public Schools28.0%23.4%32.6%104371
Clayton Public Schools26.5%22.7%30.3%135509
Cloudcroft Municipal Schools35.0%29.8%40.2%114326
Clovis Municipal Schools26.7%25.8%27.6%2,2848,541
Cobre Consolidated Schools28.3%25.7%30.9%3301,165
Corona Municipal Schools21.6%10.3%32.9%1151
Cuba Independent Schools47.5%44.4%50.6%462972
Deming Public Schools40.4%39.0%41.8%1,8034,466
Des Moines Municipal Schools14.3%6.5%22.1%1177
Dexter Consolidated Schools20.8%18.0%23.6%172827
Dora Consolidated Schools29.0%20.1%37.9%29100
Dulce Independent Schools32.8%29.5%36.1%248756
Elida Municipal Schools21.7%11.3%32.1%1360
Espanola Municipal Schools29.3%28.2%30.4%1,7946,114
Estancia Municipal Schools22.0%18.9%25.1%149678
Eunice Municipal Schools20.6%17.6%23.6%148719
Farmington Municipal Schools22.8%22.0%23.6%2,61611,459
Floyd Municipal Schools24.0%15.8%32.2%25104
Fort Sumner Municipal Schools30.6%25.6%35.6%99324
Gadsden Independent Schools47.3%46.5%48.1%6,95214,710
Gallup-Mckinley County Schools45.5%44.7%46.3%6,41014,077
Grady Municipal Schools25.5%13.0%38.0%1247
Grants-Cibola County Schools36.3%34.9%37.7%1,6844,638
Hagerman Municipal Schools19.6%16.2%23.0%103525
Hatch Valley Municipal Schools42.8%40.2%45.4%6031,408
Hobbs Municipal Schools20.4%19.6%21.2%2,0359,964
Hondo Valley Public Schools25.3%18.7%31.9%42166
House Municipal Schools24.2%9.6%38.8%833
Jal Public Schools10.7%7.9%13.5%50467
Jemez Mountain Public Schools49.4%43.0%55.8%115233
Jemez Valley Public Schools21.2%18.4%24.0%170803
Lake Arthur Municipal Schools19.4%13.2%25.6%30155
Las Cruces Public Schools31.7%31.1%32.3%8,02125,323
Las Vegas City Public Schools30.7%28.5%32.9%5241,708
Logan Municipal Schools22.5%16.0%29.0%36160
Lordsburg Municipal Schools35.9%31.9%39.9%199555
Los Alamos Public Schools3.1%2.5%3.7%1013,217
Los Lunas Public Schools20.9%20.1%21.7%1,8758,978
Loving Municipal Schools18.4%14.8%22.0%83451
Lovington Public Schools15.8%14.6%17.0%5773,656
Magdalena Municipal Schools36.5%32.6%40.4%216591
Maxwell Municipal Schools29.0%17.7%40.3%1862
Melrose Public Schools17.9%12.4%23.4%33184
Mesa Vista Consolidated Schools34.9%29.8%40.0%116332
Mora Independent Schools23.9%20.2%27.6%124519
Moriarty Municipal Schools20.1%18.8%21.4%7743,854
Mosquero Municipal Schools33.3%14.4%52.2%824
Mountainair Public Schools54.3%48.2%60.4%140258
Pecos Independent Schools25.6%22.3%28.9%175684
Penasco Independent Schools32.5%28.4%36.6%162498
Pojoaque Valley Public Schools19.4%17.5%21.3%3131,616
Portales Municipal Schools31.4%29.7%33.1%9072,884
Quemado Independent Schools57.2%49.8%64.6%99173
Questa Independent Schools37.0%32.9%41.1%196530
Raton Public Schools27.0%24.3%29.7%2831,047
Reserve Independent Schools24.1%17.7%30.5%42174
Rio Rancho Public Schools14.2%13.7%14.7%2,60118,286
Roswell Independent Schools22.3%21.5%23.1%2,49911,200
Roy Municipal Schools19.4%6.5%32.3%736
Ruidoso Municipal Schools26.5%24.4%28.6%4661,760
San Jon Municipal Schools26.5%17.0%36.0%2283
Santa Fe Public Schools15.8%15.2%16.4%2,59216,366
Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools30.4%26.8%34.0%195641
Silver City Consolidated Schools29.2%27.6%30.8%8783,004
Socorro Consolidated Schools37.3%35.1%39.5%6631,776
Springer Municipal Schools27.8%21.2%34.4%49176
Taos Municipal Schools27.8%26.3%29.3%9533,430
Tatum Municipal Schools13.1%9.5%16.7%44337
Texico Municipal Schools32.1%27.9%36.3%149464
Truth or Consequences Schools41.2%38.4%44.0%4971,206
Tucumcari Public Schools36.2%33.3%39.1%3841,060
Tularosa Municipal Schools23.8%21.8%25.8%4111,725
Vaughn Municipal Schools19.3%12.1%26.5%22114
Wagon Mound Public Schools86.7%78.1%95.3%5260
West Las Vegas Public Schools46.1%43.5%48.7%6571,424
Zuni Public Schools46.6%44.2%49.0%7481,604

Data Notes

The measure of child poverty includes all children who are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption (except a child who is the spouse of the householder). The householder is the person (or one of the people) who owns or rents (maintains) the housing unit. Poverty status is determined by comparing household income to poverty thresholds (income cutoffs). Thresholds vary by family size and number of children under 18 in the household. For instance, the poverty level for a family of four in 2019 is $25,750.

Data Source

U.S. Census Bureau, Data Integration Division, Small Area Estimates Branch, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE). http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/


Percentage of Children Age 5-17 Living in Poverty by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 1995-2017

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In 2017, 1 out of every 4 school-aged New Mexico children were living in poverty.
NM vs. U.S.YearPercentage of Children Age 5-17 in PovertyLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 46
New Mexico199529.2%26.7%31.7%102,239350,134
New Mexico199627.1%23.5%30.7%96,338355,489
New Mexico199725.7%22.1%29.3%92,737360,845
New Mexico199824.1%20.2%28.0%88,254366,200
New Mexico199925.0%21.0%29.0%92,889371,556
New Mexico200024.4%21.7%27.1%92,008377,082
New Mexico200123.7%20.7%26.7%89,318376,869
New Mexico200223.1%20.6%25.6%87,007376,653
New Mexico200324.2%21.9%26.5%91,097376,432
New Mexico200421.5%18.6%24.4%80,887376,220
New Mexico200524.0%22.7%25.3%90,241376,003
New Mexico200623.6%22.3%24.9%88,685375,786
New Mexico200722.8%21.4%24.2%85,631375,573
New Mexico200822.0%20.6%23.4%82,578375,356
New Mexico200923.8%22.3%25.3%89,283375,137
New Mexico201026.7%25.0%28.4%99,820373,858
New Mexico201127.3%25.8%28.8%101,964373,494
New Mexico201227.0%25.7%28.3%100,759373,180
New Mexico201328.5%27.1%29.9%105,967371,815
New Mexico201426.2%24.8%27.6%97,070370,495
New Mexico201525.6%24.1%27.1%94,449368,940
New Mexico201626.2%24.4%28.0%95,985366,355
New Mexico201724.6%22.9%26.3%89,172362,488
United States199518.7%17.9%19.5%9,306,01849,764,802
United States199618.6%17.8%19.4%9,311,37850,061,172
United States199718.4%17.6%19.3%9,306,70550,579,918
United States199817.5%16.7%18.3%8,922,93551,060,953
United States199915.9%15.1%16.6%8,188,06851,642,359
United States200014.6%13.9%15.4%7,536,57551,548,879
United States200114.8%14.3%15.3%7,662,29451,820,491
United States200215.3%14.8%15.9%8,004,51452,168,584
United States200316.1%15.5%16.6%8,399,57352,278,842
United States200416.2%15.6%16.7%8,430,88652,159,407
United States200517.0%16.8%17.2%8,765,54151,658,744
United States200616.7%16.6%16.9%8,700,04851,999,081
United States200716.4%16.2%16.5%8,499,84451,904,411
United States200816.5%16.3%16.6%8,549,52651,864,080
United States200918.2%18.1%18.4%9,509,14252,143,306
United States201019.8%19.6%20.0%10,484,51352,872,735
United States201120.8%20.6%21.0%10,976,98752,708,799
United States201221.0%20.8%21.2%11,086,53752,675,863
United States201320.8%20.6%21.0%10,958,23252,605,987
United States201420.4%20.2%20.6%10,714,51852,594,799
United States201519.5%19.3%19.7%10,245,02852,635,679
United States201618.3%18.1%18.5%9,648,48652,644,648
United States201717.3%17.1%17.5%9,120,50352,669,201

Data Notes

The measure of child poverty includes all children who are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption (except a child who is the spouse of the householder). The householder is the person (or one of the people) who owns or rents (maintains) the housing unit. Poverty status is determined by comparing household income to poverty thresholds (income cutoffs). Thresholds vary by family size and number of children under 18 in the household. For instance, the poverty level for a family of four in 2019 is $25,750.

Data Sources

  • U.S. Census Bureau, Data Integration Division, Small Area Estimates Branch, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE). http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/
  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program, http://gps.unm.edu/.
  • U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. http://factfinder.census.gov.


Percentage of Children Age 5-17 Living in Poverty by County, New Mexico, 2017

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In 2017, 1 out of every 4 school-aged New Mexico children were living in poverty.
CountyPercentage of Children Age 5-17 in PovertyLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 35
Bernalillo17.4%14.3%20.5%19,321111,039
Catron44.2%29.0%59.4%147332
Chaves22.9%14.8%31.0%2,96012,924
Cibola37.0%27.4%46.6%1,7414,705
Colfax28.1%19.0%37.2%4741,686
Curry27.4%20.2%34.6%2,5239,208
De Baca31.1%20.6%41.6%102329
Dona Ana37.8%31.7%43.9%14,93639,513
Eddy20.4%14.6%26.2%2,21310,847
Grant29.5%20.7%38.3%1,2514,241
Guadalupe27.3%17.9%36.7%193707
Harding26.6%17.5%35.7%1867
Hidalgo34.8%22.9%46.7%256737
Lea19.2%12.8%25.6%2,97915,516
Lincoln28.7%18.8%38.6%7732,695
Los Alamos3.2%2.1%4.3%1033,219
Luna41.1%28.7%53.5%1,8644,536
McKinley46.2%37.5%54.9%7,26515,726
Mora31.7%20.8%42.6%197621
Otero30.1%21.0%39.2%3,28210,904
Quay34.7%23.1%46.3%4781,377
Rio Arriba30.9%22.8%39.0%2,0796,727
Roosevelt32.2%24.1%40.3%1,0583,285
Sandoval16.9%12.9%20.9%4,32425,586
San Juan26.8%21.2%32.4%6,89425,724
San Miguel37.5%27.3%47.7%1,4463,857
Santa Fe16.6%11.7%21.5%3,47920,960
Sierra41.9%27.5%56.3%5141,226
Socorro37.7%25.5%49.9%1,0932,899
Taos29.9%19.9%39.9%1,3514,517
Torrance34.0%23.2%44.8%8672,550
Union25.6%16.7%34.5%153596
Valencia21.7%14.5%28.9%2,95813,630
New Mexico24.6%22.9%26.3%89,172362,488
U.S.17.3%17.1%17.5%9,120,50352,669,201

Data Notes

The measure of child poverty includes all children who are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption (except a child who is the spouse of the householder). The householder is the person (or one of the people) who owns or rents (maintains) the housing unit. Poverty status is determined by comparing household income to poverty thresholds (income cutoffs). Thresholds vary by family size and number of children under 18 in the household. For instance, the poverty level for a family of four in 2019 is $25,750.

Data Sources

  • U.S. Census Bureau, Data Integration Division, Small Area Estimates Branch, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE). http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/
  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program, http://gps.unm.edu/.
  • U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. http://factfinder.census.gov.


Percentage of Children Age 5-17 Living in Poverty by Race and Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2013-2017

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In 2017, 1 out of every 4 school-aged New Mexico children were living in poverty.
Race/EthnicityPercentage of Children Age 5-17 in Poverty
Record Count: 7
American Indian/Alaska Native40.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander9.0%
Black/African American33.4%
Hispanic31.8%
White13.7%
New Mexico27.4%
United States19.0%

Data Notes

The measure of child poverty includes all children who are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption (except a child who is the spouse of the householder). The householder is the person (or one of the people) who owns or rents (maintains) the housing unit. Poverty status is determined by comparing household income to poverty thresholds (income cutoffs). Thresholds vary by family size and number of children under 18 in the household. For instance, the poverty level for a family of four in 2019 is $25,750.   Some of the race category definitions used the by U.S. Census Bureau differ from those used in the New Mexico Department of Health. The American Indian, Asian/NHOPI, and Black poverty estimates in this data view include both Hispanic and non-Hispanic persons. The White estimate includes only White, non-Hispanic persons, and the Hispanic estimate includes all persons of Hispanic origin, regardless of race, which are the same definitions for White and Hispanic that the NMDOH uses.

Data Sources

  • U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. http://factfinder.census.gov.
  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program, http://gps.unm.edu/.


Percentage of Children Age 5-17 Living in Poverty by 108 New Mexico Small Areas, 2013-2017

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In 2017, 1 out of every 4 school-aged New Mexico children were living in poverty.
Small AreaPercentage of Children Age 5-17 in PovertyLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 110
1-Bernalillo County, Central Penn49.4%39.1%59.6%2,3874,836
2-Bernalillo County, Central Tabo34.9%23.8%46.0%1,8665,345
3-Bernalillo County, East Gateway13.5%4.3%22.6%3322,468
4-Bernalillo County, Lomas San Mateo19.7%9.7%29.8%3891,969
5-Bernalillo County, Lomas Girard23.3%9.2%37.4%2361,014
6-Bernalillo County, Gibson University47.2%30.9%63.4%8531,807
7-Bernalillo County, Rio Bravo Second50.2%36.0%64.4%9981,990
8-Bernalillo County, Lomas Broadway31.4%20.2%42.6%7102,262
9-Military Bases6.8%0.8%12.8%1321,931
10-Bernalillo County, Isleta Gun Club23.4%13.9%32.9%6022,570
11-Bernalillo County, Arenal Unser31.8%20.6%43.0%1,4604,594
12-Bernalillo County, Chavez OneEighteenth19.3%13.3%25.4%1,2116,259
13-Bernalillo County, Southwest17.6%12.4%22.9%3922,223
14-Bernalillo County, Arenal Tapia43.4%33.3%53.5%1,6643,837
15-Bernalillo County, Central Coors41.8%29.7%53.8%1,8854,516
16-Bernalillo County, So. Ninetyeight30.0%21.9%38.0%2,0976,998
17-Bernalillo County, No. Ninetyeight18.9%11.1%26.6%9284,919
18-Bernalillo County, Montano Rio Grande23.5%7.9%39.0%4001,706
19-Bernalillo County, Candelaria Second35.5%22.0%49.0%9322,623
20-Bernalillo County, Comanche Carlysle41.3%29.8%52.9%1,2202,951
21-Bernalillo County, Indian School Pennsylvania13.9%6.5%21.3%4673,362
22-Bernalillo County, Indian School Juan Tabo33.6%22.6%44.6%9952,960
23-Bernalillo County, Montgomery Louisiana16.1%7.9%24.3%4462,773
24-Bernalillo County, Montgomery Moon12.1%3.5%20.8%2161,777
25-Bernalillo County, Comanche Juan Tabo14.5%8.2%20.9%3972,733
26-Bernalillo County, Paseo Louisiana12.8%5.5%20.1%3863,020
27-Bernalillo County, Paseo Ventura7.4%3.1%11.7%3705,027
28-Bernalillo County, East Mountain6.1%0.3%11.9%1752,865
29-Bernalillo County, Del Norte4.7%0.8%8.6%1693,589
30-Bernalillo County, Montano Coors20.6%8.2%32.9%4622,246
31-Bernalillo County, Alameda Coors17.1%8.1%26.1%7914,627
32-Bernalillo County, Alameda Edith23.3%10.5%36.1%7233,104
33-Bernalillo County, Academy Tramway8.7%3.2%14.2%3223,685
34-Bernalillo County, Irving Unser8.4%4.2%12.5%4855,808
35-Chaves County, Roswell N.W.20.1%13.1%27.1%1,2136,027
36-Chaves County, Roswell S.E.35.6%23.8%47.4%1,1803,312
37-Chaves County, Other34.5%24.8%44.2%1,3233,834
38-Cibola County40.2%33.9%46.5%1,9014,727
39-Colfax/Union Counties27.4%18.6%36.3%6502,371
40-Curry County, Clovis West42.2%32.5%51.9%1,3723,254
41-Curry County, Clovis East24.1%15.3%33.0%9263,837
42-Dona Ana County, Anthony Berino Chaparral60.0%51.2%68.7%3,4115,688
43-Dona Ana County, Central Las Cruces32.7%19.6%45.8%1,0213,121
44-Dona Ana County, Dona Ana Fort Selden35.1%23.9%46.4%1,6364,655
45-Dona Ana County, Hatch and Surrounding Area32.8%20.3%45.3%7132,176
46-Dona Ana County, Las Alturas Talavera24.0%9.0%39.1%3761,565
47-Dona Ana County, Mesilla Picacho Mesilla Park32.7%20.0%45.3%6982,137
48-Dona Ana County, Northwest Las Cruces32.3%24.0%40.6%1,5694,857
49-Dona Ana County, Sonoma Butterfield Moongate27.0%16.8%37.2%1,4235,270
50-Dona Ana County, South Valley30.4%17.3%43.5%8932,936
51-Dona Ana County, Sunland Park50.2%42.1%58.3%2,2484,482
52-Dona Ana County, South Las Cruces52.2%35.0%69.4%1,4092,699
53-Eddy County, Carlsbad15.4%8.5%22.2%8495,530
54-Eddy County, Other18.4%9.6%27.2%9745,279
55-Grant County, Silver City37.1%23.3%50.9%9822,647
56-Hidalgo County/Grant County, Other28.1%20.4%35.8%7372,624
57-Lea County, Hobbs No.19.6%9.7%29.5%9284,728
58-Lea County, Hobbs So.38.7%28.8%48.5%1,3793,567
59-Lea County, Other14.1%9.5%18.8%1,0177,192
60-Lincoln County20.2%10.9%29.4%5522,738
61-Los Alamos County5.0%0.4%9.7%1593,157
62-Luna County40.2%31.3%49.1%1,8624,633
63-McKinley County, Gallup36.3%25.1%47.5%1,8645,131
64-McKinley County, NW53.0%47.9%58.1%1,9963,766
65-McKinley County, SW44.8%38.6%51.1%1,9134,270
66-McKinley County, Other52.0%45.9%58.0%1,5292,943
67-San Miguel County, Las Vegas35.8%24.0%47.7%7572,112
68-San Miguel County, Pecos/Villanueva32.6%7.8%57.4%4211,288
69-Mora/Guadalupe/San Miguel East21.4%8.3%34.6%4372,041
70-Otero County, Alamogordo N.E.23.5%12.2%34.8%6642,824
71-Otero County, Alamogordo S.W.26.0%13.6%38.5%6102,345
72-Otero County, Other41.6%31.1%52.1%2,2045,298
73-Quay/DeBaca/Harding Counties32.2%20.2%44.2%5601,737
74-Rio Arriba, Espanola and Pueblos32.9%23.4%42.4%1,5494,711
75-Rio Arriba, North33.4%21.3%45.6%6742,017
76-Roosevelt County/Curry County, Other28.3%21.9%34.7%1,5465,460
77-San Juan County, Farmington North16.9%7.1%26.7%5473,235
78-San Juan County, Farmington Southeast24.3%13.0%35.6%6802,798
79-San Juan County, Farmington West/Kirtland/La Plata27.3%16.5%38.2%1,3604,974
80-San Juan County, North/Aztec17.2%10.5%24.0%8695,041
81-San Juan County, Northeast/Bloomfield17.3%8.2%26.3%5623,251
82-San Juan County, South40.6%34.8%46.5%1,3653,359
83-San Juan County, West47.9%42.4%53.4%1,6973,545
84-Sandoval County, Rio Rancho Blvd, No.3.6%1.0%6.2%2145,907
85-Sandoval County, Rio Rancho Blvd, So.11.9%4.0%19.8%2442,057
86-Sandoval County, Rio Rancho West23.4%14.3%32.5%1,3755,873
87-Sandoval County, Rio Rancho So.18.7%9.4%28.0%8844,733
88-Sandoval County, Bernalillo/Placitas20.6%15.2%26.0%4402,139
89-Sandoval County, Corrales3.5%0.0%10.2%411,169
90-Sandoval County Other East30.0%22.6%37.3%6192,065
91-Sandoval County Other West40.5%33.0%48.1%7461,841
92-Santa Fe County, East Foothills + Eldorado8.6%1.5%15.6%2362,766
93-Santa Fe County, Opera Vicinity3.0%0.0%8.4%501,655
94-Santa Fe County, Pueblos Plus28.0%20.0%36.0%8773,132
95-Santa Fe Co., Agua Fria Neighborhood + Downtown26.4%17.3%35.5%6172,337
96-Santa Fe County, Agua Fria Village24.6%11.7%37.6%6842,776
97-Santa Fe, Bellamah/Stamm18.0%8.6%27.4%4182,322
98-Santa Fe County, Airport Road22.1%14.5%29.6%9194,168
99-Santa Fe County, South15.5%7.1%24.0%3812,448
101-Sierra/Catron Counties26.2%13.9%38.6%4311,643
102-Socorro County30.3%16.2%44.5%9092,995
103-Torrance County29.1%20.2%38.0%7682,641
104-Taos County, Northwest31.4%18.5%44.2%3781,205
105-Taos County, Downtown and High Road27.7%16.7%38.7%9613,470
106-Valencia County, Los Lunas17.1%8.5%25.7%5273,076
107-Valencia County, NE31.6%20.4%42.8%9493,003
108-Valencia County, SE33.4%23.3%43.5%1,5084,510
109-Valencia County, West and Belen26.2%13.4%39.1%8983,424
New Mexico27.4%26.2%28.6%101,089368,940
United States19.0%18.8%19.2%52,644,648

Data Notes

The measure of child poverty includes all children who are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption (except a child who is the spouse of the householder). The householder is the person (or one of the people) who owns or rents (maintains) the housing unit. Poverty status is determined by comparing household income to poverty thresholds (income cutoffs). Thresholds vary by family size and number of children under 18 in the household. For instance, the poverty level for a family of four in 2019 is $25,750.

Data Sources

  • U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. http://factfinder.census.gov.
  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program, http://gps.unm.edu/.


Percentage of Children Age 5-17 Living in Poverty by U.S. States and District of Columbia, 2017

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In 2017, 1 out of every 4 school-aged New Mexico children were living in poverty.
StatePercentage of Children Age 5-17 in PovertyLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 52
Alabama22.8%21.6%24.0%180,594790,771
Alaska13.3%11.6%15.0%16,855126,482
Arizona19.7%18.7%20.7%230,3861,169,122
Arkansas21.2%19.8%22.6%106,559503,209
California17.4%16.9%17.9%1,123,3186,466,584
Colorado11.4%10.4%12.4%103,485909,099
Connecticut12.3%11.1%13.5%67,750552,836
Delaware16.0%14.3%17.7%23,452146,930
District of Columbia26.0%22.0%30.0%20,50478,774
Florida19.6%18.9%20.3%589,0553,007,194
Georgia20.3%19.2%21.4%370,1421,820,882
Hawaii10.7%9.3%12.1%22,463210,341
Idaho13.3%11.9%14.7%42,957322,323
Illinois16.0%15.3%16.7%333,8182,089,975
Indiana16.3%15.2%17.4%182,4551,119,608
Iowa10.9%10.1%11.7%56,921520,196
Kansas13.4%12.2%14.6%67,873506,188
Kentucky20.6%19.5%21.7%146,838713,897
Louisiana26.0%24.7%27.3%203,606783,478
Maine13.1%11.7%14.5%23,871182,594
Maryland11.6%10.8%12.4%112,037966,850
Massachucetts12.7%11.7%13.7%126,029991,310
Michigan17.7%17.0%18.4%275,4111,559,485
Minnesota10.8%10.1%11.5%99,614920,413
Mississippi27.0%25.7%28.3%139,482517,248
Missouri17.2%16.2%18.2%168,099978,732
Montana14.0%12.6%15.4%22,472160,263
Nebraska12.6%11.3%13.9%42,235334,062
Nevada17.9%16.6%19.2%87,307488,207
New Hampshire9.1%7.7%10.5%17,303189,360
New Jersey13.1%12.3%13.9%189,0481,440,645
New Mexico24.6%22.9%26.3%86,767352,418
New York18.9%18.3%19.5%554,5562,926,441
North Carolina19.6%18.6%20.6%326,3891,664,663
North Dakota10.4%9.0%11.8%12,386118,762
Ohio18.2%17.5%18.9%339,8881,862,800
Oklahoma20.1%19.1%21.1%136,937681,378
Oregon14.9%13.7%16.1%92,236620,237
Pennsylvania15.7%15.0%16.4%300,0681,917,164
Rhode Island17.1%15.3%18.9%25,638150,339
South Carolina21.3%20.2%22.4%169,622794,644
South Dakota15.2%13.7%16.7%22,503147,940
Tennessee19.8%18.8%20.8%213,9121,079,385
Texas19.9%19.3%20.5%1,047,6255,263,460
Utah9.5%8.5%10.5%62,631660,338
Vermont11.6%9.8%13.4%9,80384,815
Virginia13.3%12.5%14.1%177,7411,332,649
Washington13.4%12.4%14.4%155,5681,163,723
West Virginia22.3%20.6%24.0%58,443261,768
Wisconsin13.5%12.7%14.3%124,586921,897
Wyoming11.6%9.9%13.3%11,26597,323
United States17.3%17.1%17.5%9,120,50352,669,201

Data Notes

The measure of child poverty includes all children who are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption (except a child who is the spouse of the householder). The householder is the person (or one of the people) who owns or rents (maintains) the housing unit. Poverty status is determined by comparing household income to poverty thresholds (income cutoffs). Thresholds vary by family size and number of children under 18 in the household. For instance, the poverty level for a family of four in 2019 is $25,750.

Data Source

U.S. Census Bureau, Data Integration Division, Small Area Estimates Branch, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE). http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/

References and Community Resources

(1) 2 Mulligan, G.M., Hastedt, S., and McCarroll, J.C. (2012). First-Time Kindergartners in 2010-11: First Findings From the Kindergarten Rounds of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) (NCES 2012-049). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. As cited in Children Living in Poverty(3). (2) Ross, T., Kena, G., Rathbun, A., KewalRamani, A., Zhang,J., Kristapovich, P., and Manning, E. (2012). Higher Education: Gaps in Access and Persistence Study (NCES 2012-046). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for EducationStatistics. As cited in Children Living in Poverty(3). (3) The Condition of Education 2015, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Downloaded from https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/pdf/coe_cce.pdf on 7/9/15.

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

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