Families living in poverty by race and ethnicity

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Definitions: Percentage is derived by dividing the number of families living (with own children under the age of 18) below the poverty level by the total number of families of each race and ethnicity. Thus in 2016, for example, approximately 21% of Hispanic families in New Mexico lived in poverty,

The U.S. Census uses these race categories: White, Black or African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, Some Other Race, and Two or More Races. In addition, the U.S. Census uses two ethnic categories: Hispanic and Non-Hispanic. Hispanic (or Latino) refers to a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term 'origin' is used to indicate a person's (or the person's parents) heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth. People who identify their origin as Spanish or Hispanic may be of any race.  


Data Source: U.S. Census, American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates.
Total data refer to the overall poverty rate statewide: Table B17010. 
Race and Ethnicity data in Tables: B17010B, B17010C, B17010D, B17010E, B17010F,
B17010G, B17010H, B17010I.

Footnotes: Some people in each race listed may identify also as Hispanic.  Thus, the sum of the percentages is greater than 100%.
Data is not available (NA) because the number of sample cases is too small. When this occurs, as in some racial and ethnic groups, problems with statistical instability may occur. An unstable count or rate may fluctuate widely across time periods. An unstable count or rate should be interpreted with caution and should not be used to predict outcomes. For more information on statistical stability, visit the NM-IBIS Reliability & Validity page, https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/resource/ReliabilityValidity.html.

County-level data available by request.

Updated October 2017.