LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Household incomes in Doña Ana County have considerable disparities when comparing large and smaller cities.
New Mexico is home to more than 2 million people and 20 percent of them live below the poverty line.
THE GOVERNMENT DETERMINED A FAMILY OF FOUR NEEDS $22,314 TO MEET THEIR NEEDS.
According to the last census, about 40 percent of households in the state make less than $25,000.
In Las Cruces, the city is the second largest in New Mexico with about 97,000 residents.
Of those of age to work, 44,000 are employed and bringing money into a household.
Las Cruces beats the state average with only 34 percent of the households making less than $25,000 a year.
The recently incorporated town of Anthony is home to about 9,000 people.
6,000 are of age to work, but only about 3,000 are employed.i
More than half of those working, make less than $25,000 a year.
A few miles south in the embattled City of Sunland Park, now known for numerous arrests of public officials, 14,000 people live in the city bordering texas.
60 percent of the population is employed, but only 50 percent make more than $25,000.