How aware are you of the issues in your community? 

The following are stats and trends collected every other year in assessments for Douglas County, CO.  This is a big part of the reason I do subsidized (by donations) or reduced fee coaching in the area where I live.  Not only are these issues alarming, but they are growing each year.

  • Poverty, homelessness and reports of child abuse have more than doubled in the past three years.
  • One-fifth (20.4%) of students reported being in a physical fight in the past 12 months.
  • One-fifth (20.0%) of students reported that they had been bullied on school property in the past 12 months.
  • Nearly one-quarter (24.3%) of Douglas County residents reported that they felt sad or hopeless almost every day for at least two weeks within the past 12 months.  6.6% reported attempting suicide in the past 12 months.
  • Overall, 31.0% of high school students reported having one or more drinks of alcohol in the past 30 days.
  • When asked, roughly one out of every eight Colorado residents over the age of 12 reported using marijuana in the previous month.
  • Each year, 1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males engage in self injury.
  • The average number of minutes a father spends talking (intentionally) to his children each day is just under 2 minutes.
  • Human service needs have increased significantly. Across Douglas County people applying for and requesting service from county agencies and nonprofits has increased anywhere from 10% to 200% depending on the service provider.
  • Overall, 56% of working mothers and 50% of working fathers say it’s either very or somewhat difficult for them to balance work and family.
  • Regarding single parent households in Douglas County, CO. Female-headed households 3,740 – 4%. Male-headed households 1,895 – 2%.
  • 3.5% of reported Douglas County households are living under the poverty level, equal to approximately 10780 people.

These are only a few of the issues that Douglas County, CO and it’s surrounding areas deal with on a yearly basis.  Making a difference begins with awareness.  Once you are aware, consider volunteering, or partnering with local services that are seeking to make a difference where you live.

Douglas County Risk assessments are collected annually or bi-annually by Tri-County Health, Colorado State University, and Douglas County School District.


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