Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 45,948
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 232,000
EITC recipients: 351,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 9,900
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 60,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 100,795
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 616,766
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 94,550
Participants in all Head Start programs: 14,719
Asset poverty rate: 23.9%
Average college graduate debt: $25,064
Unbanked households: 6.4%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 15.1%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 223,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 26%
Senior poverty rate: 7%
Women in poverty: 13.0%
Children in foster care: 5,851
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 77,249
Percent of children in immigrant families: 22%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 31%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 20
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 5.1%
Food insecurity: 13.9%
Minimum Wage $8.31
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 134,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 11%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 21.9%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 28.8%
Poverty rate: 11.5%
Unemployment rate: 4.0%
High school graduation rate: 77%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 89.7%
Percent of college students with debt: 56%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 38.3%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 6%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.68%
Homeless people: 10,028
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 164,625
Percent renters: 35%
Total households: 1,998,314
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 1,254
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 31,500

State governments play a significant role in developing policies that help support low-income families. Below is a list of some key Colorado policies and a link to an organization that tracks the issue.

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports