Children in poverty (<100% poverty threshold) by county

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Why This Indicator Matters

When wages are low and incomes aren’t enough to afford the basics, children face significant obstacles to opportunity right from the start. In some communities in Massachusetts, more than one out of every four children lives below the official federal poverty line. These children are more likely to be at risk for many long-term challenges which can have impacts on their overall development as well as physical and mental health. 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 100% of the federal poverty level.

Percent – Percent of children under 100% of the federal poverty level.

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.

 

Data Source: From the U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE).

Footnotes:

The U.S. Census Bureau, with support from other Federal agencies, created the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE), combining data from administrative records, population estimates, the decennial census, and estimates from the American Community Survey. The Census Bureau believes these model-based single-year estimates are more reflective of current conditions than multi-year survey estimates.

Beginning with the SAIPE program's estimates for 2005, SAIPE used data from the American Community Survey (ACS) in the estimation procedure; prior years used data from the Annual Social and Economic Supplements of the Current Population Survey. The Census Bureau does not recommend comparing 2001-2005 data with data for following years due to changes in the estimation methodology.

Updated November 2018 with data from November 2017.