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Boston, Massachusetts (MA) Poverty Rate Data
Information about poor and low-income residents


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17.1% of Boston, MA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 45.0% greater than the poverty level of 9.4% across the entire state of Massachusetts. Taking into account residents not living in families, 22.5% of high school graduates and 46.9% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 21.6% among disabled males and 26.1% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 91.0%. For comparison, it was 62.4% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Boston, MA

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2019:
Boston:

17.1%
Whole state:

9.4%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2019:
Boston:

8.5%
Whole state:

4.4%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Boston:

21.6%
Massachusetts:

13.1%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 20.9% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Boston:

27.1%
Massachusetts:

31.3%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Boston:

26.1%
Massachusetts:

18.0%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 21.4% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Boston:

29.0%
Massachusetts:

32.5%

Renting rate in this city among poor and not poor residents:
Residents below poverty level:

91.0%
Residents above poverty level:

62.4%

Poverty by age in Boston, MA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Boston
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Boston,MA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 14.8%Under 5 years
  • 4.8%5 years
  • 33.6%6 to 11 years
  • 29.7%12 to 14 years
  • 18.1%15 years
  • 31.2%16 and 17 years
  • 26.2%18 to 24 years
  • 10.1%25 to 34 years
  • 4.7%35 to 44 years
  • 13.7%45 to 54 years
  • 17.1%55 to 64 years
  • 21.1%65 to 74 years
  • 24.7%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Boston
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Boston,MA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 18.3%Under 5 years
  • 32.9%5 years
  • 20.7%6 to 11 years
  • 28.5%12 to 14 years
  • 33.4%15 years
  • 32.4%16 and 17 years
  • 37.9%18 to 24 years
  • 10.4%25 to 34 years
  • 12.4%35 to 44 years
  • 15.9%45 to 54 years
  • 14.5%55 to 64 years
  • 19.5%65 to 74 years
  • 26.9%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Boston, MA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Boston,MA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 14.5%Under 5 years
  • 13.9%5 years
  • 14.3%6 to 11 years
  • 13.2%12 to 14 years
  • 12.8%15 years
  • 12.5%16 and 17 years
  • 21.8%18 to 24 years
  • 8.3%25 to 34 years
  • 7.5%35 to 44 years
  • 6.6%45 to 54 years
  • 7.9%55 to 64 years
  • 5.2%65 to 74 years
  • 6.1%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Boston, MA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Boston, MA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Boston, MA (%)
  • 9.8%White
  • 19.7%Black
  • 26.7%American Indian
  • 29.3%Asian
  • 6.9%Native Hawaiian
  • 26.7%Other race
  • 21.0%2+ races
  • 25.3%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Boston, MA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Boston, MA (absolute numbers)
  • 27,915White
  • 33,187Black
  • 531American Indian
  • 17,914Asian
  • 28Native Hawaiian
  • 9,883Other race
  • 8,6782+ races
  • 33,421Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 15.2%Below poverty level
  • 84.8%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 21.9%Below poverty level
  • 78.1%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Boston, MA

Children below poverty level:
Boston, Massachusetts:

23.6%
State:

11.3%
Poverty rate among high school graduates not in families:
Boston:

22.5%
Massachusetts:

15.3%
Poverty rate among people who did not graduate high school not in families:
Boston:

46.9%
Massachusetts:

37.8%
Poor families by family type
  • 27.5%Married-couple family
  • 6.3%Male, no wife present
  • 66.1%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Boston not in families by work experience
  • 1.6%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 35.4%Worked part-time
  • 63.0%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.4%Both worked full-time
  • 3.7%One full-time, other part-time
  • 11.2%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 7.7%Both worked part-time
  • 24.5%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 52.4%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.3%1999 to 2000
  • 0.8%1995 to 1998
  • 2.6%1990 to 1994
  • 3.3%1980 to 1989
  • 2.1%1970 to 1979
  • 7.4%1960 to 1969
  • 9.4%1950 to 1959
  • 10.5%1940 to 1949
  • 63.5%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.4%1999 to 2000
  • 0.9%1995 to 1998
  • 1.5%1990 to 1994
  • 4.8%1980 to 1989
  • 2.4%1970 to 1979
  • 6.9%1960 to 1969
  • 7.9%1950 to 1959
  • 7.4%1940 to 1949
  • 67.9%1939 or earlier
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