Households receiving SNAP by race and ethnicity

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Definitions: The percentage is the number of households in each racial or ethnic population receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) benefits in the past 12 months divided by the total number of households of that race or ethnicity.  Thus, for example, approximately 24% of all Hispanic households in New Mexico received SNAP benefits in 2016.  

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 percentage of SNAP recipients statewide: Table S2201.
Race and Ethnicity data are available in Tables: B22005B, B22005C, B22005D, B22005E, B22005F, B22005G, B22005H, and B22005I.

Footnotes: Some people in each race listed may identify also as Hispanic.  Thus, the sum of the percentages is greater than 100%.
1-year data for the Native Hawaiian population is not available (NA) because the number of sample cases is too small.
County-level data are available by request.

Updated October 2017.