Race, Place and Income in Colorado
Colorado is a geographically diverse state with a growing population of people of color and growing economic divide. These broad population trends impact the health of Coloradans and ultimately the overall functioning of the economy; understanding them is a critical step toward ensuring all Coloradans have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health.
The complex relationship between our social structures and economic system often results in significant differences in wages, access to affordable housing, likelihood of living in areas with concentrated poverty or attending a high-poverty school. Low-income people, communities of color and certain areas of the state are more likely to experience these conditions that directly and unequivocally impact health.