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Health Indicator Report of New Mexico Population - Education, No High School Diploma

A good education leads to good health in several ways. First, the more schooling people have, the more money they earn which enables them to purchase better housing in safer neighborhoods, healthier food, better medical care and health insurance, and more education. Each of these factors is associated with improved health. Each one allows individuals to move up the occupational and income ladder, giving them more prestige and power, both of which are associated with better health. High school completion is also the gateway into college, which offers even greater benefits than high school alone. Second, education facilitates healthier behavior choices by offering learners access to health information and tools to acquire help and resources, such as smoking cessation programs. Third, education helps people to acquire social support, strengthen social networks, and mitigate social stressors. The more education people have the more social support they have. Education helps people to gain a sense of control over their lives, an outcome associated with better health.


Data for this view are from the US Census American Community 1 year estimates.

Data Source

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates.


The percentage of adults age 25 years and older with no high school diploma (including equivalency).


Estimated population age 25 years and older with no high school diploma (including equivalency) or higher degree.


Total population age 25 years and older.

Other Objectives

New Mexico Early Learning, Race to the Top Indicator

Evidence-based Practices

Children who participate in high-quality preschool programs are more likely to complete high school.
Page Content Updated On 05/03/2019, Published on 05/03/2019
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Content updated: Fri, 3 May 2019 12:25:47 MDT