1 in 7 Massachusetts Children Lives in Poverty

Massachusetts remains among the states with the highest median income, but one in seven children here live in poverty, according to the latest information from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

Massachusetts' median income fell 1.7 percent between 2010 and 2011, the Census numbers reveal, part of a national trend of falling median income. But the Bay State has a median income of $63,000, compared to $51,000 on average nationwide.

The Census numbers also include informaiton on poverty and health coverage in Massachusetts, including these findings:

• The poverty rate in Massachusetts remained unchanged between 2010 and 2011, but it is still higher here than it was before the Great Recession in 2007/2008.

• One in every seven children here live in poverty, compared to one in five nationwide.

• The state leads the nation in health insurance coverage. And more young people are picking up health insurance. Between 2010 and 2011, the 18-24 year olds lacking health insurance declined from 8.7 percent to 7.5 percent. And less than 2 percent of children here lack health insurance coverage, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

Read more detailed reports about Massachusetts income, poverty and health insurance information on the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center website at http://www.massbudget.org/landing/census.php?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=census´╗┐

– Deirdre Wilson 

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