Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 29,535
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 202,000
EITC recipients: 210,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 10,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 25,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 64,995
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: N/A
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 58,773
Participants in all Head Start programs: 10,491
Asset poverty rate: 23.4%
Average college graduate debt: $18,969
Unbanked households: 10.9%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 29.1%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 181,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 41%
Senior poverty rate: 16%
Women in poverty: 21.0%
Children in foster care: 2,077
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 54,007
Percent of children in immigrant families: 21%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 41%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 38
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 8.7%
Food insecurity: 13.2%
Minimum Wage: $7.50
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 111,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 12%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 33.3%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 42.3%
Poverty rate: 20.4%
Unemployment rate: 6.7%
High school graduation rate: 70%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 83.3%
Percent of college students with debt: 48%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 26.4%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 9%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.92%
Homeless people: 2,746
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 56,277
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 764,684
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 522
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 14,400

State governments play a significant role in developing policies that help support low-income families. Below is a list of some key New Mexico policies and a link to an organization that tracks the issue.

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports