KUSA - Eighteen percent of Colorado kids live in poverty. That's what the latest Kids Count Report is saying.
Each year, the report is issued to guide lawmakers and others in decisions regarding the well-being of children in our state.
The Colorado Children's Campaign put the report together. They say some 224,000 - or 18 percent of the state's more than 1 million children - lived below the poverty threshold of $23,000 in annual income for a family of four in 2012. They say that's a one percent increase from the last time they checked.
Children of color were especially hard-hit. The report notes the number of black children living in poverty increased 28 percent in 2007 to 41 percent in 2012. Latino children came in second at 31 percent, but the number was essentially flat from 2007 to 2012.
The Kids Count report evaluates economic, school, health and family data to rank the 25 largest counties in Colorado based on the well-being of children. Denver County, where one in every four children live in poverty, was at the bottom of the list for child well-being. Douglas County, with a child poverty rate of 4.9 percent, ranked best.