|Map via Food Research and Action Center|
FRAC’s study features a SNAP Map, an interactive data tool that provides county-by-county and state-by-state participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by type of area--rural, small town, and metro. Each county is grouped into one of three census categories: Metro, Small Town (micropolitan), and Rural. And most counties had elements of each of the three categories. Read the meta-analysis.
|Illustration via FRAC|
In New Mexico, SNAP reaches 200,000 households with 443,000 individuals in an average month (FY 2015), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP helps more than 1 in 6 rural and small town households, and 1 in 7 households in metro areas in our state afford healthy, nutritious meals.
SNAP participation was 15% in metro areas and 18% each in rural communities and small towns. This compares with nationwide rates of 13% for metro areas, 16% for rural communities and 15% for small towns. See fact sheet for the state. Here is the national county-by-county map. The map allows users to zero-in on specific states and counties.
Most counties in our state are classified in the "small town" category, with a handful falling in the rural category and a few clusters of counties grouped around the Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Farmington-Bloomington metropolitan areas. The rate of SNAP enrollment in rural and small-town New Mexico appears higher in the western and southern areas of the state than in the east, particularly the southeast.
|Truchas, New Mexico (Mary Singleton)|
|Gallup (Richie Diesterheft, Wikimedia Commons)|
|Santa Fe Farmers Market|
Note: SNAP Maps is based on American Community Survey (ACS) five-year data (2011–2015) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2015.