Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 28,006
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 206,000
EITC recipients: 206,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 10,300
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 26,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 64,813
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 338,333
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 49,975
Participants in all Head Start programs: 9,225
Asset poverty rate: 27.1%
Average college graduate debt: $21,314
Unbanked households: 9.4%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 29.9%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 182,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 45%
Senior poverty rate: 12.2%
Women in poverty: 20.8%
Children in foster care: 2,610
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 17,770
Percent of children in immigrant families: 21%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 42%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 30
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 13.0%
Food insecurity: 15.8%
Minimum Wage: $7.50
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 113,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 9.1%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 31.2%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 42.4%
Poverty rate: 19.7%
Unemployment rate: 6.5%
High school graduation rate: 68.6%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 82.4%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 53%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 27.2%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 9%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.13%
Homeless people: 2,482
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 61,000
Percent renters: 32%
Total households: 767,705
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 329
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 363

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