SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Census Bureau reports that New Mexico ranks fifth nationally for the percentage of children living in poverty.
The agency's American Community Survey found that slightly more than 25% of children under 18 in New Mexico were below the federal poverty level in 2009.
That's an increase of about 1% from 2008.
Three states and the District of Columbia had higher rates of child poverty than New Mexico. Mississippi was the highest at 31%.
Nationally, 20% of children were living in poverty last year, an increase of not quite 2%.
The Census Bureau released the results of its survey last week.