The report ranks the 50 states using 16 indicators of child well-being under the general categories of economic well-being, in which New Mexico is ranked 48th; education, the state ranked 49th; health, New Mexico is 48th; and family and community, the state is 49th.
In 2013, New Mexico’s overall ranking was 50th, but improved in 2014 to 49th, where the state remains. The worst state in the nation for child well-being is Mississippi, which was again ranked 50th, while Minnesota garnered the overall No. 1 position as the best state in the nation for child well-being.
New Mexico’s child poverty rate was 31 percent, an increase from 29 percent in last year’s Data Book, and the percentage of children living in high-poverty areas increased to 24 percent, up from 22 percent.