Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 29,364
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 202,000
EITC recipients: 214,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 10,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 20,715
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 60,592
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 356,970
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 51,902
Participants in all Head Start programs: 10,491
Asset poverty rate: 27.1%
Average college graduate debt: $20,776
Unbanked households: 9.4%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 28.5%
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: 11.5%
Women in poverty: 21.4%
Children in foster care: 2,471
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 34,843
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: 35
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 13.0%
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: 9.2%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 33.1%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 42.3%
Poverty rate: 19.8%
Unemployment rate: 6.8%
High school graduation rate: 68.5%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 83.3%
Percent of college students with debt: 58%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 26.5%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 9%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.44%
Homeless people: 2,263
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 62,000
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 758,364
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 522
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 15,894

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