Many factors affect the health of individuals and communities, and income is one of them. Coloradans’ health varies widely based on their income. Many studies have demonstrated the relationship between higher incomes and the ability to maximize health. In 2012, over 210,000 Coloradans had incomes below $15,000. These Coloradans are nearly six times more likely to say that they are in poor or fair health compared to Coloradans with family incomes over $50,000.
There is room for improvement in the health of Coloradans at every income level. However, Coloradans with lower incomes face significant challenges to maximize their health due to a lack of affordable quality housing, safe neighborhoods, healthy food choices and the inability to afford health insurance coverage and needed health care. We must take action to ensure that all Coloradans, regardless of income, have the chance to be healthy and thrive in every Colorado community.
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