Poverty in Colorado

What is the poverty rate in Colorado?
The poverty rate in Colorado is 11.5%. One out of every 8.7 residents of Colorado lives in poverty.

How many people in Colorado live in poverty?
612,143 of 5,316,870 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Colorado compare to the national average?
Colorado ranks 14th in Poverty Rate at 11.5%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Colorado is meaningfully lower than the national average of 14.6%.

Colorado Poverty Rate County Map

Colorado County Poverty Rate Comparison

Colorado Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Colorado?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Colorado is 10.5%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Colorado is 12.5%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Colorado

Female residents of Colorado are moderately(19%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

279,081 of 2,654,885 males in Colorado live below the poverty line.

333,062 of 2,661,985 females in Colorado live below the poverty line.

Colorado Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Colorado By Age?

Colorado Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Colorado Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 16.0%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 14.5%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 13.1%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 11.5%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 7.8%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 7.8%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 9.7%.

Historical Colorado Poverty Rate

Colorado Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

13.4% 15.3%

2011

13.5% 0.0% 15.9%

2012

13.7% 1.0% 15.9%

2013

13.0% 5.0% 15.8%

2014

12.0% 7.0% 15.5%

2015

11.5% 4.0% 14.7%

2016

11.0% 4.0% 14.0%

2017

10.3% 7.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Colorado Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

209,645

19.9% 25.2% 3.9%

American Indian

48,853

21.1% 26.8% 0.9%

Asian

161,458

11.3% 11.9% 3.0%

Pacific Islander

8,169

15.6% 19.0% 0.2%

Other

223,078

20.7% 23.8% 4.1%

Two Or More Races

184,626

14.7% 18.4% 3.4%

White

3,658,343

8.5% 10.3% 67.3%

Hispanic

1,131,146

19.3% 22.2% 20.8%

What's the Poverty Rate in Colorado By Race?

19.9% of Black residents of Colorado live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Colorado is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 41,732 of 209,645 black Coloradans live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.9% of the total population of Colorado are black.

11.3% of Asian residents of Colorado live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Colorado is the same as than the national average. 18,258 of 161,458 asian Coloradans live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.0% of the total population of Colorado are asian.

8.5% of White residents of Colorado live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Colorado is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 310,952 of 3,658,343 white Coloradans live below the poverty line. Approximately 67.3% of the total population of Colorado are white.

19.3% of Hispanic residents of Colorado live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Colorado is the same as than the national average. 218,275 of 1,131,146 hispanic Coloradans live below the poverty line. Approximately 20.8% of the total population of Colorado are hispanic.

Colorado Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Colorado can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 16.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Colorado residents enrolled in school is meaningfully lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 218,502 of 1,335,473 Coloradans enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 24.6% of the total population of Colorado are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 9.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Colorado residents not enrolled in school is meaningfully lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 361,937 of 3,783,897 Coloradans not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 69.6% of the total population of Colorado are currently not enrolled in school.

Poverty for younger ages in Colorado is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 12.7%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Colorado residents enrolled in nursery school is dramatically lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 10,827 of 85,266 Coloradans enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.6% of the total population of Colorado are currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 15.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Colorado residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is dramatically lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 41,711 of 278,270 Coloradans enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.1% of the total population of Colorado are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Colorado can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 13.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Colorado residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is dramatically lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 37,343 of 279,463 Coloradans enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.1% of the total population of Colorado are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 13.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Colorado residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is significantly lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 36,467 of 276,894 Coloradans enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.1% of the total population of Colorado are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12).

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 26.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Colorado residents enrolled in undergraduate school is moderately higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 70,144 of 269,016 Coloradans enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.9% of the total population of Colorado are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Colorado have a Poverty Rate of 14.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Colorado residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is moderately lower than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 11,079 of 76,905 Coloradans enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.4% of the total population of Colorado is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Colorado Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Colorado born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

11.0%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Colorado who were born citizens of the United States is 11.0%.

16.6%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Colorado who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 16.6%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Colorado born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of Colorado have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 4,790,197 residents of Colorado who were born citizens of the United States, 524,554 (11.0%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 87,589 (16.6%) of 526,673 residents of Colorado who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Colorado Poverty Rate By City

Colorado Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Air Force Academy

34th

4.1% 6,098

Alamosa

212th

34.8% 9,675

Applewood

67th

6.4% 8,173

Arvada

72nd

6.9% 115,320

Aspen

102nd

9.5% 7,097

Aurora

139th

13.7% 357,323

Avon

118th

11.0% 6,503

Berkley

152nd

14.9% 11,868

Berthoud

69th

6.7% 6,018

Black Forest

9th

1.7% 14,188

Boulder

192nd

21.6% 106,271

Brighton

115th

10.9% 38,016

Broomfield

51st

5.2% 64,283

Carbondale

105th

9.8% 6,632

Castle Pines

10th

1.8% 10,623

Castle Rock

39th

4.4% 57,274

Cañon City

184th

20.6% 16,298

Centennial

37th

4.3% 108,448

Cherry Creek

55th

5.4% 12,310

Cherry Hills Village

15th

2.3% 6,542

Cimarron Hills

84th

8.0% 17,744

Clifton

207th

26.2% 20,045

Colorado Springs

133rd

12.8% 450,000

Columbine

19th

2.7% 25,060

Commerce City

128th

12.2% 52,905

Cortez

197th

22.6% 8,579

Craig

112th

10.7% 8,903

Dakota Ridge

22nd

3.0% 33,942

Delta

159th

16.4% 8,739

Denver

153rd

15.1% 678,467

Derby

205th

25.9% 9,365

Durango

119th

11.2% 17,986

Eagle

53rd

5.3% 6,711

Edwards

111th

10.6% 9,202

Englewood

154th

15.5% 33,155

Erie

45th

4.8% 22,019

Estes Park

129th

12.3% 6,248

Evans

146th

14.3% 19,967

Evergreen

46th

4.9% 8,516

Fairmount

88th

8.4% 8,298

Federal Heights

187th

21.1% 12,449

Firestone

32nd

3.8% 12,282

Fort Carson

178th

19.4% 15,015

Fort Collins

163rd

17.0% 159,150

Fort Lupton

99th

9.2% 7,829

Fort Morgan

93rd

8.8% 11,251

Fountain

82nd

7.9% 28,799

Frederick

12th

2.1% 11,397

Fruita

156th

15.8% 13,039

Fruitvale

101st

9.4% 7,785

Gleneagle

14th

2.3% 6,706

Glenwood Springs

123rd

11.7% 9,850

Golden

181st

19.7% 20,365

Grand Junction

171st

18.3% 60,882

Greeley

166th

17.5% 100,760

Greenwood Village

57th

5.5% 15,397

Gunbarrel

94th

8.8% 9,321

Gunnison

204th

25.7% 6,250

Gypsum

74th

7.0% 6,926

Highlands Ranch

28th

3.6% 105,264

Johnstown

6th

1.5% 14,386

Ken Caryl

54th

5.4% 33,087

La Junta

208th

27.2% 6,900

Lafayette

87th

8.3% 27,440

Lakewood

113th

10.8% 151,411

Lamar

183rd

20.2% 7,627

Littleton

79th

7.5% 45,848

Lone Tree

30th

3.7% 13,430

Longmont

126th

12.0% 91,730

Louisville

61st

5.8% 20,319

Loveland

92nd

8.7% 74,125

Milliken

44th

4.7% 6,362

Montrose

193rd

21.8% 18,918

Monument

25th

3.3% 6,760

Northglenn

116th

11.0% 38,473

Orchard Mesa

136th

13.3% 6,380

Parker

40th

4.4% 51,125

Pueblo West

86th

8.3% 30,901

Pueblo

199th

24.4% 109,122

Redlands

24th

3.3% 9,367

Rifle

150th

14.8% 9,526

Roxborough Park

2nd

0.6% 9,588

Security-Widefield

96th

9.0% 37,325

Sheridan

191st

21.5% 6,018

Sherrelwood

124th

11.8% 18,616

Steamboat Springs

122nd

11.6% 12,520

Sterling

186th

20.9% 13,961

Stonegate

11th

2.0% 9,379

Superior

43rd

4.6% 12,879

The Pinery

8th

1.7% 11,720

Thornton

89th

8.5% 132,310

Trinidad

177th

19.4% 8,054

Twin Lakes

160th

16.5% 6,767

Welby

151st

14.8% 16,002

Wellington

27th

3.5% 7,941

Westminster

90th

8.6% 111,895

Wheat Ridge

120th

11.4% 31,162

Windsor

49th

5.1% 23,386

Woodland Park

83rd

7.9% 7,287

Woodmoor

38th

4.3% 9,264

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