KidsFlash Fast Fact – Jan. 4, 2013

Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: January 4, 2013

In 2011, 18 percent of all Colorado children under 18 (approximately 217,000 kids) lived in poverty, defined as an annual income of $23,000 for a family of four. Child poverty rates vary widely across the state, with Saguache County having the highest poverty rate of 42 percent and Douglas County with the lowest at 5 percent. Statewide, the number of children in poverty has more than doubled since 2000. To find child poverty rates for your county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

Sarah Hughes

About Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Vice President of Research Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she leads the organization’s research and data analysis efforts, including the development and publication of the annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, and provides research and data support to inform and advance the Children’s Campaign’s policy agenda. She also co-chairs the organization’s internal Equity Team. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah worked in communications and spent several years working and volunteering with kids in various capacities. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Business and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Denver with her husband and their two crazy dogs.