The Economic State of Colorado's Children

June 17 2009, 10:00 AM

Poverty, for a family of four, is an annual income of $22,050 or less. And more than one in three children in Colorado live in such a family, according to the annual "Kids Count" report issued yesterday by the Colorado Children's Campaign. The Denver Business Journal points out that the years between 2000 and 2007 saw an 85 percent jump in children living in poverty--to 35 percent of all Colorado kids. Once again the state is last in the nation when it comes to impoverished children who go without health insurance. And Colorado ranks third in terms of the average annual cost of child care--$905 a month in some cases, according to NewsChannel 13 in Colorado Springs. The Reporter-Herald calls the increase in child poverty rates in Loveland "drastic." Some parents have resorted to taking their children to unlicensed care providers because it's cheaper. Despite Colorado's bottom-of-the-barrel rankings when it comes to kids in need, the state is paradoxically weathering the recession well, particularly in Denver, which, as The Denver Post writes, "is still holding up better than most places."