Study finds poverty still a problem for state's children

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. While the country continues to recover from the recession, more than 200,000 children are still living poverty line in Colorado.

The 2014 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! study found 18% of children in the state were living under the poverty line in 2012.

The Colorado Children's Campaign released the study to state legislators this morning in hopes of persuading lawmakers to think about children in their decision making as the issue can affect a child's entire life.

"We think of poverty as really an umbrella issue," said Chris Watney, CEO of the Colorado Children's Campaign. "We know that kids living in poverty are much less likely to have health insurance coverage so they're not going to be able to see the doctor when they need it. Communities can really use that data in their own towns to make sure that they're turning those trends around"

The report looked at the conditions in 25 individual counties with Mesa County ranking 12th for child well-being.

"Mesa County tends to be a reflection of what we see statewide," Watney said. "While you rank 12th out of 25 in terms of child well-being we can assume that many children in Mesa County are doing very well and then there are children in Mesa County who are struggling."

Colorado has the third fastest growing poverty rate in the country since 2000, the study said.

Children under the age of six were found to be the hardest hit with 1 in 5 living in poverty.

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