Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 43,103
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 235,000
EITC recipients: 342,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 13,000
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 60,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 79,028
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 601,119
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 84,582
Participants in all Head Start programs: 10,373
Asset poverty rate: 22.6%
Average college graduate debt: $26,529
Unbanked households: 4.4%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 13.1%
Number of Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 206,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 25%
Senior poverty rate: 7.8%
Women in poverty: 11.2%
Children in foster care: 5,733
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 22,497
Percent of children in immigrant families: 23%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 27%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 18
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 5.0%
Food insecurity: 11.3%
Minimum Wage $10.20
Number of Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 118,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 7.5%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 17.6%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 25.3%
Poverty rate: 10.3%
Unemployment rate: 2.7%
High school graduation rate: 77.3%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 88.9%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 52%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 39.9%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 7%
Home foreclosure rate: 0.33%
Homeless people: 10,940
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 175,000
Percent renters: 36%
Total households: 2,139,207
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 383
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 999

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