Denver's high wage jobs are attracting the college educated.
Credit Sheila Sund / Flickr - Creative Commons
You've been delayed on Front Range highways, felt the crowds while shopping and generally get the feeling that Fort Collins, Greeley, Boulder and Denver are starting to blend into one giant metropolitan area. Several statistics from places like the U.S. Census bear that out. The educated are finding Colorado very appealing.
Colorado is no stranger to lists, which why it comes as no surprise that the state ranks seventh in the nation as a great place to live. But our rival to the north came in ahead. That's right, Wyoming came in sixth followed by Colorado.
Sunset frames a water tank near LaSalle, Colo., on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Weld County has been the epicenter of a movement to form a 51st state from ten northeastern Colorado counties.
Credit Joe Mahoney / I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS
Colorado could stand to benefit financially and would see some improvement in the educational and economic standings of its remaining citizens if 10 northeastern counties should make good on their threat to secede and carve out a new state of North Colorado.
For the third year in a row, the poverty rate has remained stuck at about 15 percent. Nearly one in six Americans was living in poverty in 2012, according to a new report by the Census Bureau. Despite a slow-moving economic recovery, these latest numbers show that for poor Americans, there are few signs of any recovery.
For the first year since the recession, median household incomes did not decline in 2012. But it's hardly a reassuring picture. Incomes were flat despite the economic recovery and big gains in the stock market. That's a troubling aspect about today's labor market. It's four years since the official end of the recession and many households are worse off than when it started.