Child Poverty in Massachusetts

A tale of two states

By Massachusetts KIDS COUNT, Massachusetts Citizens for Children

September 17, 2008


This report explores the scope and sources of child poverty in Massachusetts. It closes by sharing potential first steps and questions to ask related to reducing child poverty statewide.

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Key Takeaway

When it comes to its 1.4 million children, Massachusetts is a tale of two states

On one hand, Massachusetts can be proud of its high family incomes, top-rated hospitals, renowned colleges and universities and its overall high ranking on indicators of child well-being. On the other hand, the state’s poverty rate has hovered around 13% for a decade and counting, and it is home to one of the nation’s largest divides between high-income and low-income residents.

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