2009 poverty rates in Massachusetts by county

The table below shows the poverty rate by county in Massachusetts in 2009 for the entire population (the second column) as well as for the population under 18 (the third column). The last column shows the median household income. Poverty rates are set as a percentage of the the population below a certain income household income level. Because of differences in household composition the poverty rate doesn’t necessarily fluctuate with household income. For example, Suffolk county – where Boston is – has a poverty level almost 50% higher than Franklin’s even though Suffolk has a median household income almost 20% higher than Franklin’s. Single-mom family households are particulalry likely to be below the poverty line.

  Poverty
rate
Poverty
rate
<18
Median income
Massachusetts 10.3 13.3 64,057
Barnstable County 8.1 12.3 56,991
Berkshire County 12.8 18.3 44,061
Bristol County 11.1 14.7 54,048
Dukes County 8.2 11.5 57,076
Essex County 10.8 14.5 62,758
Franklin County 12.8 16.4 48,993
Hampden County 17.2 27.0 46,646
Hampshire County 11.3 11.1 56,263
Middlesex County 7.4 7.8 77,672
Nantucket County 7.1 6.7 68,746
Norfolk County 6.4 6.6 79,548
Plymouth County 7.6 9.0 70,447
Suffolk County 17.3 24.5 53,751
Worcester County 9.4 12.2 62,885