U.S. Census Bureau launches COVID-19 data hub, releases first Colorado results in from Household Pulse Survey

Written by: Erica Manoatl
Date Posted: May 22, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau released two new data products this month to help states and counties understand the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 Hub provides easily accessible pre-pandemic social and demographic data to inform decision making, including local data around poverty, health insurance coverage, and higher risk populations. Before the disruptions of COVID- 19, Colorado saw nearly 225,000 households living below the federal poverty level, and more than 168,000 households receiving nutrition assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Visit the data hub to see the other available state data related to COVID-19 as well as data for your specific county.

The Census Bureau also released the first state results of the new experimental Household Pulse Survey, which began in late April to understand household experiences as a result of the pandemic. The latest Colorado data indicate:

  • 50 percent of Colorado adults report someone in their household has experienced a loss of employment income since mid-March, while 34 percent expect someone in their household will lose employment income in the next month,
  • 8 percent of adults have experienced food scarcity in the last week,
  • 42 percent of adults have delayed getting medical care in the last month because of the pandemic, and
  • 18 percent of adults have faced housing insecurity in the last month or anticipate they will encounter it next month.

Findings from the survey are reported weekly in order to quickly inform states of the needs of their communities. Learn more about Colorado’s results from the first two weeks of the survey here.

Erica Manoatl

About Erica Manoatl

Erica Manoatl is the Research Analyst for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she supports the organization’s research priorities, data analysis, and writing in all issue areas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from George Washington University and a Master of Public Health in Population and Family Health from Columbia University.