People in poverty or near poverty (<200% poverty threshold) by city and town ("County Subdivision") in Massachusetts

Change Indicator

Why This Indicator Matters

It’s not just people who are living with incomes under the official poverty threshold who struggle to make ends meet. Many families with incomes at twice the official poverty threshold also face economic hardship, and could be called “near poor,” particularly in a state like Massachusetts with relatively high costs. See MassBudget’s report, Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward.

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions:

Number – Number of people of all ages under 200% of the federal poverty level.

Percent – Percent of people under 200% of the federal poverty level.

S – Number suppressed if estimate is less than ten.

Poverty status 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 Census Bureau’s poverty threshold. 200% is twice the poverty threshold.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Table B17024. Updated May 2019 with 2013-2017 data.

Footnotes:

These are estimates based on a survey, and they may be highly unreliable for towns with small populations due to small sample sizes.

When comparing estimates over time, researchers recommend comparing time periods that do not include overlapping years.