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

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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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Number – Number of children under 18 under 200% of the federal poverty level.

Percent – Percent of children 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: Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Table B17024. Updated December 2018 with 2013-2017 data.


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.