News Briefs: Child poverty on the rise at an alarming rate

Published December 2009 Vol. 13 Issue 11

The rate of children living in poverty in Colorado is on the rise. According to a recent report from the Colorado Children’s Campaign, in 2000 there were an estimated 104,214 children living in poverty and by 2007 the number had increased by 84 percent to 191,725.  A large portion of these children are concentrated in the Front Range with more than 37,000 in Denver County and more than 25,500 in Adams County and  25,500 in Arapahoe County. The fastest growth in child poverty is in the Denver metro area while rural counties endure high rates of persistent poverty.