Outcome: Families in Pueblo Have the Resources to  Nurture Their Children

Indicator: Child Poverty Rate in Pueblo County (ages 18 and under)

Significance of this indicator:

According to the American Psychological Association, research has demonstrated that living in poverty has a wide range of negative effects on the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our nation’s children. Poverty impacts children within their various contexts at home, in school, and in their neighborhoods and communities.   A few examples include:

  • Substandard housing or homelessness
  • Poor academic achievement and/or school dropout
  • Abuse and neglect of children by parents, and behavioral and socioemotional problems among children
  • Physical health issues and developmental delays

Click here for the poverty thresholds the Census Bureau uses to determine poverty status, or to go to the United States Census Bureau’s poverty page which lists definitions, methodology, data sources, and more. 

How we are doing on this indicator:

The poverty rate has remained consistent for both Pueblo and Colorado for the timeframe between 2009 and 2011.  The percent of Pueblo’s children living in poverty is 9% higher than in Colorado as a whole.  The rates for Pueblo and Colorado have been consistent since 2007.

The poverty rate increased in 2012, especially for Pueblo County.  The poverty rates came back down to the consistent level they were at prior to 2012.

What the Data Tell Us


Definition:  The number and percent of children living below the poverty line as defined by 100% of the Federal Poverty Level by county.  Only counties with over 65,000 people were included in the state averages.

Data Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2000-2009
Provided by the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Kids Count Data Center.

Data Considerations: The margins of error are provided on the U.S. Census Bureau website at: http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DatasetMainPageServlet?_program=ACS&_submenuId=&_lang=en&_ts=