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Why Is This Important?
Research suggests that living in poverty during early childhood is associated with lower than average academic performance that begins in kindergarten(1) and extends through elementary and high school. Living in poverty during early childhood is associated with lower than average rates of school completion.(2)
The estimated percentage of children under age 5-17 living in households whose income is at or below the federal poverty level. Poverty status is determined by comparing household income to poverty thresholds (income cutoffs). Thresholds vary by family size and number of children under 18 in the household. For instance, the poverty level for a family of four in 2021 is $26,500. For more information, see [https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines].
- New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program.
- U.S. Census Bureau, Data Integration Division, Small Area Estimates Branch, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)
How the Measure is Calculated
|Numerator:||Estimated number of children under age 5-17 living in households whose income is at or below the federal poverty level.|
|Denominator:||The estimated number of children under age 5-17 in the population.|
How Are We Doing?
In 2017, 89,200 children, or one out of every four New Mexico school-aged children, 5 to 17 years old, were in families living in poverty.
(1) 2 Mulligan, G.M., Hastedt, S., and McCarroll, J.C. (2012). First-Time Kindergartners in 2010-11: First Findings From the Kindergarten Rounds of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) (NCES 2012-049). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. As cited in Children Living in Poverty(3). (2) Ross, T., Kena, G., Rathbun, A., KewalRamani, A., Zhang,J., Kristapovich, P., and Manning, E. (2012). Higher Education: Gaps in Access and Persistence Study (NCES 2012-046). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for EducationStatistics. As cited in Children Living in Poverty(3). (3) The Condition of Education 2015, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Downloaded from https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/pdf/coe_cce.pdf on 7/9/15.