Fast Fact – July 16, 2021

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: July 16, 2021

In 2019, 11.2 percent of children under 18 in Colorado (about 139,000 children) were living in poverty. Colorado’s child poverty rate has fallen consistently since 2012, yet there are still too many children and families struggling to make ends meet. In 2019, Douglas, Broomfield and Pitkin counties saw less than 6 percent of children in poverty, while Otero, Huerfano, Saguache and Costilla saw more than one third of children in poverty. Because of policies that have created and maintained inequitable opportunity, Colorado’s children of color are significantly more likely to be impacted by poverty than their white peers. To see historical child poverty rates for the state and specific counties, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center. 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit