9 percent of Colorado residents live in poverty, Census Bureau finds

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Published Saturday, November 9, 2019

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Colorado residents living below the poverty line in 2017-18 made up 9.0 percent of the state's population, the eighth lowest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new Census Bureau data.

The state's poverty rate was down 0.2 percentage points from the two-year average of 2015-16 (9.2 percent), the Census Bureau reported.

Nationwide, the median household income stood at $63,179 last year, which was unchanged from 2017, according to the analysis. But the U.S. poverty rate did tick down 0.5 percent from 2017 to 2018, to 11.8 percent, the study found.

Over the same time period, the median earnings of all American workers rose by 3.4 percent to $40,247, according to the Census Bureau.

The share of the U.S. population with health insurance in 2018, however, was 91.5 percent, compared to 92.1 percent a year earlier, the study says.

The Census Bureau's 2018 numbers also showed that the national poverty rate had declined for the fourth year in a row.

Poverty Rates by State

State

2015-2016 Average Poverty Rate

2017-2018 Average Poverty Rate

Change in % From  2015-2016 to 2017-2018

Rank Based on 2017-2018 Poverty Rate

Louisiana

19.4

19.8

0.4

1

Mississippi

20.1

19.0

-1.1

2

New Mexico

18.7

18.2

-0.5

3

West Virginia

16.3

16.5

0.2

4

Alabama

16.3

15.6

-0.6

5

Arkansas

16.1

15.4

-0.7

6

Kentucky

17.4

14.6

*-2.8

7

District of Columbia

16.5

14.3

*-2.2

8

North Carolina

14.4

14.1

-0.3

9

Georgia

16.8

14.0

*-2.8

10

South Carolina

14.2

14.0

-0.2

11

Florida

14.6

13.5

-1.0

12

Texas

14.3

13.4

-0.8

13

Arizona

16.6

13.2

*-3.4

14

Nevada

11.5

13.1

1.5

15

Oklahoma

14.4

13.1

-1.2

16

Alaska

10.9

12.6

1.7

17

Ohio

13.6

12.4

-1.3

18

California

13.9

12.0

*-1.9

19

Maine

12.5

12.0

-0.5

20

Missouri

11.4

11.9

0.5

21

New York

13.1

11.9

*-1.1

22

Tennessee

14.8

11.7

*-3.1

23

Indiana

12.7

11.6

-1.1

24

Idaho

11.7

11.5

-0.2

25

Pennsylvania

11.7

11.4

-0.4

26

Wyoming

10.3

11.2

0.9

27

North Dakota

10.9

11.1

0.2

28

Michigan

11.9

11.0

-1.0

29

Nebraska

9.9

11.0

1.1

30

Illinois

11.5

10.9

-0.6

31

Kansas

12.7

10.9

-1.8

32

South Dakota

14.2

10.7

*-3.5

33

Oregon

11.8

10.6

-1.2

34

Connecticut

9.5

10.4

1.0

35

Montana

11.8

10.3

*-1.5

36

Rhode Island

11.6

10.1

-1.5

37

Virginia

11.1

10.1

-1.0

38

Massachusetts

10.6

10.0

-0.6

39

Hawaii

10.1

9.9

-0.2

40

Washington

11.2

9.7

-1.5

41

Vermont

10.2

9.2

-1.0

42

New Jersey

10.3

9.1

-1.2

43

Colorado

9.2

9.0

-0.2

44

Wisconsin

11.1

8.9

*-2.1

45

Iowa

10.1

8.2

*-1.8

46

Minnesota

8.2

8.2

0.0

47

Delaware

11.3

8.1

*-3.3

48

Maryland

8.4

7.8

-0.6

49

Utah

8.9

7.8

-1.1

50

New Hampshire

6.8

6.6

-0.2

51

*estimated

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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