Has I-News reached you?
It has if you heard any of this news last week:
• Coloradans’ incomes dropped 9% in the past decade.
• Child poverty doubled in Greeley.
• Colorado (on a lighter note) has two of the nation’s top three cities for bike-to-work commuters.
The first salvo of new Census data is out and I-News is analyzing and distributing it to media across Colorado. Our media partners, in turn, are using the information to tell their communities important stories.
This rich demographic information on Colorado cities and counties with at least 65,000 people shows how the recession really impacted Colorado’s largest communities and what a difference a decade has made in residents’ fortunes.
In all, I-News helped seven Colorado media outlets tell the story of the recession’s impact on how we work and live.
In Greeley, the poverty rate was among the highest in the state, the Greeley Tribune was able to tell its community.
In Boulder, incomes adjusted for inflation took a big hit. The Boulder Daily Camera was able to tell its community that the drop was among the largest in the state.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan focused on poverty and its impact on the community in its story.
The Gazette in Colorado Springs also looked at poverty rates.
The Denver Post put together an entire package of stories, including a look at the increasing number of people going back to school and the decline in homeownership.
The Post also included the I-News analysis of the decline in income buying power.
Colorado Public Radio reported about the statewide income drop during its afternoon All Things Considered newscast.
The Colorado State of Mind program on Rocky Mountain PBS featured the I-News analysis as part of its discussion on the statistics and their implications for the state.
Analyzing more survey data from the Census Bureau, I-News then found that more people in Boulder biked to work than in any other place in the nation. Fort Collins ranked third.
We are still poring over the data to see what other stories they tell about Colorado. There are more data – and more stories – coming your way.