U.S. Census Bureau report sounds the alarm on NM’s long-term poverty

A newly published report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows where New Mexico stands regarding long-term poverty. 

The report “incorporates poverty estimates from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses, the 2005–2009 American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates, and the 2015–2019 ACS, 5-year estimates.”

“While most previous studies used three datapoints, this report uses four datapoints to more accurately count persistent poverty areas and to use roughly equal periods between readings,” it noted.

It revealed that New Mexico has 21.3 percent of the population (434,600 people) suffering from persistent poverty since 1985, with nine of the state’s 33 counties with long-term poverty.

The persistently impoverished counties include Cibola, Doña Ana, Luna, McKinley, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Roosevelt, and Socorro.

New Mexico was only beaten by Mississippi, which had a 24.4 percent poverty rate. 

The Census Bureau noted, “For the 1989 to 2015–2019 period, 8,238 census tracts (11.3 percent) were persistently in poverty. There were 28.5 million people living within these tracts, which is 9.0 percent of the total population for whom poverty status could be determined in 2019.”

That means New Mexico’s poverty level is 236.6 percent of the national average — an abysmally high number for the state.

According to the World Population Review, 21,317 out of every 100,000 New Mexicans is on welfare, approximately 21.3 percent. 


9 thoughts on “U.S. Census Bureau report sounds the alarm on NM’s long-term poverty”

  1. Look at the Public Sector vs Private sector ratio and it explains it all. You have a State that’s anti-business, but pro-government.

    When the nicest buildings in our towns are all government buildings funded by taxpayers you know something is wrong.

    Santa Fe is the wealthiest part of the State because they siphon all of our money to themselves.

    1. No one has mentioned yet that with Maggot Oliver and Dominion machines shamming elections . .

      [Why do I constantly, every time, have to fill in my complete info to post? ]

  2. Hollywood gets all kinds of subsidies but what they have mostly done is buy up choice parts of Santa Fe and Taos for themselves. Which has ruined the affordability of the areas they bought for regular New Mexicans. Many people who work in Santa Fe can’t afford to live there so they commute from Albuquerque or elsewhere. Thanks Hollyweird and HRH MLG, etc. Now go away. I understand Texas wants Hollywood now. Point them in the right direction using the digit of your choice.

  3. *nmg mlg won’t even look up from her weygu beef, after all – “it’s just poor people and they don’t count. They can’t afford to buy my attention and they sure can’t afford to pay my price!
    MY tax agents have made sure they don’t have the money to have a seat at THIS table. They can cook MY steak, they can open MY wine, they can wash MY dishes, they can clean MY toilet!! BUT they dare not look at my rotund vastness –

    *nmg =
    not my governess

  4. New Mexicans need to quit watching CNN and other left wing news and quit voting democrats into office. Doing the same thing over and over and getting the same results is lunacy or folks are just stuck on the democratic welfare system.

  5. Does anyone know how many of the impoverished are Native American?
    Doubtful Mississippi has as many NA’s as here.

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