NM Has 2nd Highest Percentage Of Children In Below-Poverty Households
The U.S. has the seventh highest rate of child poverty — over 29 percent — among economically developed countries. But the plight of underprivileged children is different in every state. New Mexico has the fourth most underprivileged children in the nation, according to a recent WalletHub survey.
In order to bring awareness to the plight of millions of underprivileged children across the U.S., the personal-finance website compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key measures of neediness. The data set ranges from share of children in households with below-poverty income to child food-insecurity rate to share of maltreated children.
New Mexico received the worst score of any state in the category of education, which was measured by the public high school graduation rate, the share of teens and young children not attending school, and the quality of the public school system.
The state received a socio-economic rank of 15, likely due to having the second highest percentage of children in households with below-poverty income. New Mexico also came in fourth place for having most children in single-parent families. Other metrics were the share of children in foster care or living with grandparents, homeless children, and economic mobility.
New Mexico had the second highest child food-insecurity rate and the third highest percentage of maltreated children, earning an overall score of 20 in terms of health. Other determining factors were the share of uninsured children, child death rate and infant mortality rate.
Welfare of Children in New Mexico (1=Most; 25=Avg.):
- 2nd – Percentage of Children in Households with Below-Poverty Income
- 2nd – Child Food-Insecurity Rate
- 3rd – Percentage of Maltreated Children
- 4th – Percentage of Children in Single-Parent Families
- 12th – Percentage of Uninsured Children
- 22nd – Child & Youth Homeless Rate