People in poverty for selected cities and towns ("County Subdivisions")

Change Indicator

Indicator Context

MassBudget's report From Poverty to Opportunity: The Challenge of Building a Great Society traces the economic and policy changes since the launch of the Great Society and how they have affected the lives of people at all income levels in Massachusetts.


Definitions: Poverty: Poverty status is defined by family; either everyone in the family is in poverty or no one in the family is in poverty. Family income is then compared to the poverty threshold; in 2015, the poverty threshold for a family of four was an annual income of approximately $24,036.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates


These data show the high and low ranges of the poverty estimates, based on the Census Bureau’s 90% confidence interval from the 5-Year American Community Survey. These data only include the cities or towns for which this margin of error of the estimate is less than 25% of the estimate.

It is likely that the poverty rates differ in two municipalities only if there is no overlap between the ranges of their respective high and low poverty rate estimates.