New poverty estimates paint grim picture for many communities throughout Colorado

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New data released from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey show a continued struggle for many Colorado citizens as recovery stagnates.

• The overall poverty rate in Colorado was statistically unchanged from 2010 to 2011. In 2011, more than 674,000 people, or 13.5 percent of the state’s population, lived below the federal poverty line.1

• In 2011, 9.1 percent of Colorado families lived in poverty a 0.3 percentage point decrease from 2010. However, in 2007 only 8.4 percent of Colorado families lived in poverty.

• The Colorado child poverty rate was up almost 2 percentage points in 2011 compared with the 2007 level. In 2011, more than 211,000 children, or 17.5 percent of all Colorado children lived in poverty.

• 6.1 percent of Colorado’s population lived in deep poverty, or below 50 percent of the federal poverty line 2011.