Poverty not only impacts children, but the entire family and community. According to the article, “Poverty and The Effects on Children and Parents” written by A. Driscoll, N.G. Nagel (see www.education.com), extensive stresses from poverty can include anxiety, depression, and irritability for all members of the family. Overcrowding, malfunctioning heating or plumbing systems and health hazards can arise from poor housing options. Because inadequate economic resources constrain the housing choices of poor families, low-income families in the U.S. are more likely than non-poor families to grow up in areas of concentrated poverty characterized by crime, unemployment and lack of resources (The Impacts of Neighborhood Poverty Deconcentration Efforts on Low-Income Children’s and Adolescents’ Well-Being, Rebecca C. Fauth, Children, Youth and Environments, University of Colorado).
Pueblo’s poverty rate increased (2-3%) during the timeframe between 2008 and 2011, whereas Colorado’s overall poverty rate had a 2% increase in 2009 and then remained at that same rate for the rest of the timeline. In 2011 Pueblo shows a 6% higher overall poverty rate than Colorado.
Both Pueblo and Colorado's overall poverty rate remained close to the same level as was reported in 2011.
Definition: The percent of the total population living below the poverty line.
Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates
Provided by the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Kids Count Data Center
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