Friday, September 20, 2013

MassBudget: New census data for Massachusetts - income up slightly, poverty unchanged

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New Data for Massachusetts:
Median Income Up Slightly, Poverty Unchanged 
The Massachusetts median income grew slightly between 2011 and 2012, while nationwide median income was basically unchanged, according to new data released today by the Census Bureau. Even with the slight increase in Massachusetts, however, our median income remains 5.4 percent below its pre-recession level.

Our factsheet, New Census Data on Income, Poverty, Health, and Child Well-Being, summarizes the latest information across each of these areas:

  • Poverty: There was no improvement in the statewide poverty level, which has increased substantially since 2007.

  • Child Poverty: More than 1 in 7 children currently live below the poverty line.

  • Health Coverage: Massachusetts continues to have the highest rate of health insurance coverage--for children and for the population as a whole

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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