Report: NM ranks 49th for child education, health care

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Report ranks NM 49th for child education, health care

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico is once again trailing when it comes to child welfare.

The annual kids count report ranks New Mexico 49th based on education, health care and poverty.

The report shows 29 percent of New Mexico children are living in poverty.

Another startling statistic, 77 percent of 8th graders here are not proficient in math.

New Mexico did improve in several areas including teen birth rates, it now sits at 4.7 percent.

Two other southwestern states, Nevada and Arizona, also ranked low on the list.

Mississippi came in dead last. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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