Fast Fact- Jan. 11, 2019
In 2017, 11.4 percent of Colorado’s school-aged children (ages 5 to 17) were living in families with incomes at or below the federal poverty level; for a family of four, this was an annual income of $24,600 or less. The share of Colorado’s school-aged children living in poverty has decreased each year over the past 5 years, from a high of 17 percent in 2012. Despite the improvement in the state figure, different counties within Colorado continue to see dramatically different shares of children in poverty. In 2017, more than 39 percent of school-aged children in Costilla County were living in poverty, while Douglas County saw just more than 2 percent. A large body of research consistently demonstrates that the challenges that often accompany poverty, such as poor nutrition or chronic stress, put students at increased risk for low academic achievement, dropping out of school and exhibiting behavioral problems. To find data on the number of school-aged children who are living in poverty in your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.