New Mexico is the 47th state of the United States, admitted into the union in the year 1912. It is the 5th largest of all the 50 states in terms of area, and the 36th largest in terms of population. At 832 incidents per 100,000 people, the state has one of the highest crime rates in the country - and one that has not shown any visible improvement for over half a decade now. New Mexico saw its largest spike in crime between 2019 and 2020 when the violent crime rate jumped 10% over the period of a year. Comparably its poverty rate is high - New Mexico ranks second highest, with 18.2% overall poverty rate and 24.7 child poverty rate.