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Just 4 percent of Colorado kids lack health coverage, down from 14 percent in 2008. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The percentage of people living below the federal poverty level in Colorado continues to be below the national average, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. And, the state's child poverty rate dropped to just over 13 percent in 2016, down from nearly 15 percent the pre

A report summarizing four decades of research concludes that immigrants benefit U.S. communities and do not increase crime. (Pixabay)

DENVER – As President Donald Trump continues to make good on promises to deport undocumented immigrants – with some in Colorado seeking protection in sanctuary churches – a new study shows U.S. cities with large immigrant populations experience lower rates of crime. Contrary to t

Colorado's strategic action plan on aging is coming together. (Pixabay)

DENVER – By 2030, one in four Coloradans will be age 60 or older, and the state is bracing for housing, health care, transportation and other challenges. In 2015, the Colorado Legislature created the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging, and the team is working to meet its November deadlin

Photo: The gap between the poorest and wealthiest in Colorado is widening, according to Census data released Thursday. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Fiscal Institute.

DENVER - According to the latest Census data released Thursday, Coloradans are, at least on paper, making slightly more money than they were a year or two ago. The state's median household income increased by 2.4 percent since 2012, but experts warn it's important to read between the lines. Median

Photo: Colorado Springs is the most federally dependent large city in the U.S. Courtesy: Wikipedia

COLORADO SPRING, Colo. - With 53,000 federal employees calling Colorado home, the state's economy is already feeling the pinch from lost federal wages. Collectively, those employees are paid $965 million every quarter, according to the Colorado Fiscal Institute. According to Chris Stiffler, an eco

DENVER - Colorado's poverty rate is 13.5 percent, according to new U.S. Census data. But the picture looks much more bleak among some demographic groups. Poverty is aiming its biggest punch at single mothers with children younger than age 5. In Colorado, almost half of single-parent families headed

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