The rate of children living in "concentrated poverty" fell more quickly in Colorado than nearly any other state over recent years, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a nonprofit focused on children's well being.
On average, from 2013 to 2017, 5% of Colorado children lived in poverty, down from a peak average of 9% from 2008 to 2012, the report says.
While the rate of Colorado children living in such conditions nearly halved itself, nationwide, the rate of children living in such conditions fell by only 9% over the same time period, according to the report.
Nearly 60,000 Colorado kids still live in concentrated poverty, according to the foundation. It defines concentrated poverty as a community in which 30% or more of the population is living in poverty.
Nearly 12%, or 8.5 million, of U.S. children live in such settings, according to the report.
The foundation bills itself as creating a "brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity, and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work, and grow."