Colorado’s child poverty rate increases

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DENVER — A report released Monday shows more children in Colorado were living in poverty in 2012 than during the worst part of the recession.

The Colorado Children’s Campaign’s annual report showed 224,000 children — 18 percent — lived in poverty in the state in 2012. The poverty rate is defined as annual income below $23,000 for a family of four.

During the height of the recession, 210,000 children in the state were living in poverty.

In the latest report, those younger than 6 are most likely to be in poverty and the areas of concentrated poverty (higher than 30 percent) has more than quadrupled since 2000.

“One in six Colorado children still lives in poverty, years after the recession officially ended,” said Chris Watney, President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. “We’ve made some steady progress in areas like improving access to quality health care and education, but poverty is a powerful influence on child well-being. If we don’t reverse this trend, we may start losing ground in areas we’ve worked so hard to address.”


  • coloradocommish

    Chuck, Chuck, Chuck…. You really missed a great opportunity here to pin this on the “Extremists”, and divert attention from the present leadership of our State and Nation… You might want to meet with Mr. Stokols for a quick lesson in the “Art of the Deception”.

    Just here to help.

  • Harold Seaward

    They make “poverty” sound bad. Housing and utility assistance, free cell phones, free internet, free breakfast and lunch for your kids, FOOD STAMPS that you cash out for pot, nearly free health care and Escalades with 22″ rims. Sign me up!

  • Oliver Tractor

    Colorado is a sanctuary city. We have more people migrating here who have no education and are dependent on us tax payers. Unfortunately these people are having children, multiple children. So yea duh, the child poverty rate is and will continue to rise in Colorado. Time for a tax increase.

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