Fast Fact – July 23, 2021
In 2019, 10.7 percent of school-aged children in Colorado (ages 5-17) were living in poverty. Prior to the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the poverty rate for school-aged children had fallen consistently since 2012, and in 2019 reached its lowest level since the early 2000s. Still, the reach of poverty continues to vary tremendously between our state’s counties; in 2019, Costilla County saw 37 percent of school-aged children facing poverty (more than one in three children), while Douglas County saw 2 percent of children in this age range living in poverty. Research indicates that the experience of poverty can significantly disrupt a child’s ability to learn and develop. To understand more about child poverty in your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.