ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico is now worst in the nation in the percentage of children living in poverty, according to the Kids Count data book for 2015, which is released each year on the first day of the legislative session by the children and families advocacy organization New Mexico Voices for Children.
While the state’s child poverty rate improved slightly from 31 percent to 30 percent, Mississippi’s rate went from 34 percent to 29 percent, dislodging New Mexico from its 49th position among the 50 states.
The Kids Count program is run by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which tracks 16 indicators of child well-being that are used to rank the 50 states. Based on those indicators, New Mexico ranks 49th overall in child well-being.
The annual report is not all bad news for the Land of Enchantment, said Sharon Kayne, spokeswoman for New Mexico Voices for Children.