Child Poverty in Massachusetts

A tale of two states

Posted September 17, 2008
By Massachusetts KIDS COUNT, Massachusetts Citizens for Children
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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.