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.