The Child Well-Being Project

A bad place to grow up — nothing more disgraceful might be said about a state. Yet for years, New Mexico has been unable to shed that distinction. In 1997, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Book ranked us 44th among states for child well-being. In 2010, we fell to 46th, ahead of only Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Last year, only Mississippi trailed us.