VALLEY Having a higher score is not necessarily a good thing when it means greater percentages of children living in poverty.
In the recently released KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, the percentage of children living in poverty statewide in Colorado had increased in the last decade, and the percentages for the San Luis Valley counties were higher than the statewide average in all six counties.
The statewide average of children under the age of 18 living in poverty was 18 percent in 2012, the most recent year for which the KIDS COUNT report compiled most of its data. Two San Luis Valley counties Costilla and Saguache reflected more than twice that percentage, and only one Valley county, Mineral, was fairly close to the statewide average.
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