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Census: Colorado poverty rate higher, income lower, fewer jobs since ’07

By BURT HUBBARD
I-News Network

Coloradans have lower real incomes, a higher percent are living in poverty and fewer own their own homes than the year before the recession began in 2007, according to an I-News analysis of new Census figures released Wednesday night. The analysis also found glimmers of good news:

The percent of Coloradans without health insurance is slowly declining. High school and college graduation rates among adults edged up. The latest economic data came from the 2011 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau for every state and for cities and counties with 65,000 or more in population. The survey found that median household incomes in the state had declined by about 7.5 percent to $55,387 between 2007 and 2011 when adjusted for inflation. Continue Reading →

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I-News helps its partners make sense of the census

One of the most important things I-News does is help our media partners make sense of the census. It’s safe to say journalists have a love-hate relationship with the U.S. Census Bureau. Love the information. Hate how complicated, convoluted and complex it can be just to access the data, let alone start to analyze it. At I-News, we have three decades of census experience. Continue Reading →

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Census bonanza

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. Continue Reading →

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Sorting and sifting through U.S. Census data

It was a good day at the I-News newsroom yesterday. When we started I-News, we wanted to find a way to get more in-depth news to more Coloradans by boosting the power of newsrooms across the state. And we wanted to focus on the kinds of stories that were hard to tell – those that required specific technical skills or significant investment of time or resources. In other words, stories that might not otherwise be told. So yesterday at 6 a.m. mountain time, the Census Bureau released thousands of bits of data from its American Community Survey. Continue Reading →

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