Census figures show Colorado poverty rate rising

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show the poverty rate in Colorado is rising.

The Census Bureau says about 11.4 percent of Colorado residents lived below the poverty level in 2008, up from 9.2 percent in 2000. Poverty is defined as a family of four earning less than $22,050 a year. For an individual, the poverty line is set at $10,830.

The number of Colorado children living in poverty rose from 11.3 percent in 2000 to 15.1 percent in 2008, according to the Census data.

The Census figures show Greeley had the highest poverty rate among Colorado's largest cities, with about one in every five people living below the federal poverty line. Almost 27 percent of children younger than 18 in Greeley were living in poverty.

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