State Pocketbooks Continue to Feel Pinch of Recession

The recession may be over, but its impact on income and poverty in Colorado lingers, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau study.

New Census data shows that Coloradans continue to fill the pinch of the Great Recession.

New Census data shows that Coloradans continue to fill the pinch of the Great Recession.

The 2012 five-year American Community Survey found that Coloradans lost some ground economically compared to two prior surveys.

The median household income in the state for 2012 was $58,244 compared with inflation adjusted figures of $59,443 in 2010 and $58,879 in 2011.

Incomes varied dramatically by county ranging from $25,309 in Costilla County to $101,108 in Douglas County.

During the same time period, poverty rates in the state continued to inch up.

The latest survey found that 12.9 percent of Coloradans were living in poverty compared to 12.2 percent in 2010 and 12.5 percent in 2011. Among children, the percent of under 18-year-olds in poverty has gone from 16.2 percent in 2010 to 16.6 percent in 2011 and 17.1 percent in this year’s survey.

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