Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in New Mexico

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April 29, 2022
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Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in New Mexico

Food insecurity is a widespread problem in the United States, with people experiencing food insecurity in every single county in the nation. The nonprofit Feeding America describes food insecurity as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.”

Food insecurity hits children particularly hard. The USDA estimates that more than 5.3 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic put further strain on households already experiencing food hardship, with Feeding America estimating that 13 million children may experience food insecurity in 2021—that’s one in six children. Not having consistent access to enough food can affect cognitive abilities, overall health, moods, and attention spans—not to mention the psychological effects of living with scarcity.

Stacker compiled a list of counties in New Mexico with the highest rate of food insecure children using data from Feeding America. Counties are ranked by highest percent of children with food insecurity as of 2019.

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#33. Los Alamos County

- Child food insecurity rate: 9.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 420
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 20.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 81.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 7.6%
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#32. Eddy County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,530
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 64.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 36.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 11.0%
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#31. Lea County

- Child food insecurity rate: 16.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,580
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 66.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 34.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.9%
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#30. Santa Fe County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 4,670
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 79.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 21.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 10.6%
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#29. De Baca County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 120
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 84.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 16.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.4%

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#28. Sandoval County

- Child food insecurity rate: 17.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 6,040
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 59.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 41.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 11.1%
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#27. Lincoln County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 680
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 75.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 26.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.3%
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#26. Bernalillo County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 29,220
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 67.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 33.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.8%
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#25. Guadalupe County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 180
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 45.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 55.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.5%
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#24. Valencia County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,870
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 75.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 25.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 12.6%

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#23. Rio Arriba County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,000
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 74.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 26.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.1%
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#22. Chaves County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,790
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 81.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 19.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.8%
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#21. Taos County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,300
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 85.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 16.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.0%
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#20. Curry County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,090
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 76.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 24.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.4%
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#19. Torrance County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 800
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 90.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 11.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.3%

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#18. San Juan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 8,340
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 74.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 26.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.5%
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#17. Roosevelt County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,140
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 77.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 24.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.0%
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#16. Otero County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,870
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 77.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 23.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.7%
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#15. Doña Ana County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 13,400
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 78.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 22.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.5%
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#14. Colfax County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 580
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 78.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 22.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.6%

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#13. Hidalgo County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 240
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 74.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 26.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.7%
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#12. Grant County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,480
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 73.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 27.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.3%
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#11. Union County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 220
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 64.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 36.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.1%
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#10. Socorro County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,090
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 81.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 19.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.1%
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#9. San Miguel County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,510
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 77.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 23.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.2%

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#8. Catron County

- Child food insecurity rate: 29.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 160
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 85.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 15.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.4%
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#7. Cibola County

- Child food insecurity rate: 29.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,860
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 85.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 15.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.6%
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#6. Harding County

- Child food insecurity rate: 29.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 20
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 81.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 19.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.9%
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#5. Mora County

- Child food insecurity rate: 29.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 150
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 52.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 48.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.6%
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#4. Quay County

- Child food insecurity rate: 30.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 570
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 74.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 26.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.3%

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#3. Sierra County

- Child food insecurity rate: 31.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 560
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 74.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 26.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 20.6%
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#2. McKinley County

- Child food insecurity rate: 32.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 6,800
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 83.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 18.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 22.6%
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#1. Luna County

- Child food insecurity rate: 32.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,080
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 89.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 11.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 21.4%

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