New Census Data: Colorado Hits a False Flat on Poverty
As today’s theme at the Democratic National Convention in Denver turns to economic struggles, and as the 88th anniversary of women’s suffrage is commemorated, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data today on poverty, income, and health insurance. Nearly 570,000 Coloradans, or 12 percent, struggle with poverty—the same rate from the previous year. The trend of increasing child poverty continued with Colorado’s child poverty rate rising slightly to 15.9 percent. Statewide data also showed that median household income increased from the previous year, and that 16.8 percent of Coloradans are uninsured, which is higher than the national rate. Nationally, income inequality is a growing problem facing low- and middle-income earners.
Released Aug. 28, 2008