interactive county poverty map for US

Slate.com posted an interactive map today that allows users to examine county-level changes in poverty rates since the start of the Great Recession in 2007. You can click on the map and it will take you to the web site.

Changes in the index range from “much more poverty” to “much less poverty.”

In Colorado, overall poverty rates have increased. Yet optimism is found in Otero, Crowley and Saguache counties, which have “much less poverty,” with -5%, -9.1% and -5-5% reductions, respectively. Crowley’s poverty rate, however, is still estimated at 34.7%.

In general, poverty rates are highest in the state’s southeastern counties, and lowest in the west-central and northwest counties.

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