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7/6/2003

Gap widest in ski resorts

The Associated Press

FORT COLLINS — The top three Colorado counties with the largest gap between rich and poor are home to ski resorts, according to a Colorado State University study.

San Miguel, Pitkin and Hinsdale counties top the list released by the school’s Cooperative Extension service. Those counties are home to Telluride, Aspen and Lake City. In those areas, afluent ski town residents live near the low-income workers who supply the service-industry labor.

Statewide, the poorest 40 percent of Coloradans earn about 14 percent of the state’s income, while the richest 10 percent receive about 32 percent of the income. Denver ranked fifth.