Health Indicator Report of New Mexico Population - Poverty Among Children Age 5-17
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)
Children Age 5-17 Living in Poverty by County, New Mexico, 2016
NotesNOTE: 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.
- 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/
- Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program, http://gps.unm.edu/.
Data Interpretation IssuesBeginning 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.
DefinitionThe estimated percentage of children under age 5-17 living in households whose income is at or below the federal poverty level.
NumeratorEstimated number of children under age 5-17 living in households whose income is at or below the federal poverty level.
DenominatorThe estimated number of children under age 5-17 in the population.
Other ObjectivesNew Mexico Early Learning Indicator
How Are We Doing?In 2015, an estimated 91,400 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 2015, the U.S. poverty rate for school-age children was 19.5% compared to the New Mexico rate of 25.6%. The poverty rates among the states ranged from 9.8% in New Hampshire to 30.1% in Mississippi.
Page Content Updated On 10/19/2018, Published on 10/19/2018