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Census Figures Show Colorado Child Poverty Rising

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DENVER (AP) – The number of Colorado children living in high-poverty areas has risen sharply, surpassing the rate of most other states.

The latest Census figures show 92,000 Colorado children live in high-poverty areas, a 360 percent increase over the last decade. It’s the third largest increase in the nation.

Colorado Children’s Campaign spokeswoman Chris Watney says the weakening of local economies will impact children for years to come.

At 8 percent, the rate of children already living in high-poverty areas in Colorado is still below the national rate of 11 percent.

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