What New Census Stats Say About Colorado

December 21 2009, 9:50 AM

Governor Bill Ritter warned that higher education would face a funding crisis next year (via The Associated Press), but that's no surprise to Colorado's university and college presidents. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the state had the third-lowest state and local tax support for public higher education in the nation between 2005 and 2008. Colorado spent $4,213 per student, and Wyoming led the nation with $15,151, notes The Denver Post. The state had the third-highest percentage of adults with college degrees, however--35 percent in 2007. Colorado also had the second-highest percentage of women in the state Legislature last year, at 36 percent, trailing Vermont by just two percent. The state logged the highest rate of fraud complaints in the nation last year. And Colorado claimed the 10th-highest rate of identity-theft victims: 100.9 per 100,000 residents. Arizona was number one, with 149 per 100,000 people.