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Colorado

  • By: John H. Barnhill
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Colorado, in the western United States, has a population of 4.86 million people. Colorado is 89.9 percent white, compared with the national average of 80 percent, as of 2007. African Americans represent just over 4 percent of the population and Hispanics just under 20 percent, above the national 14 percent. More than 86 percent are high school graduates, above the national average of 80.4 percent. A third have college degrees, compared with one-fourth nationally. Income per capita in 1999 was $24,000, above the national rate of $20,500. The poverty rate is 11.5 percent, compared to the national rate of 13 percent.

In 2007, Coloradans gave birth to 68,453 babies. Births by unmarried women—divorced, single, and widowed—accounted for 17,971 of those children. The largest rate for unmarried ...

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