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


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11.6% of Cambridge, MA residents had an income below the poverty level in 2019, which was 18.6% greater than the poverty level of 9.4% across the entire state of Massachusetts. Taking into account residents not living in families, 15.4% of high school graduates and 46.7% of non high school graduates live in poverty. The poverty rate was 19.9% among disabled males and 23.4% among disabled females. The renting rate among poor residents was 90.9%. For comparison, it was 64.4% among residents with income above the poverty level.

Poverty rates in Cambridge, MA

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

11.6%
Whole state:

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

7.4%
Whole state:

4.4%

Poverty rate among disabled males:
Cambridge:

19.9%
Massachusetts:

13.1%
Disability rate in this city among poor males (it is 13.5% among male residents who are not classified as poor):
Cambridge:

25.0%
Massachusetts:

31.3%

Poverty rate among disabled females:
Cambridge:

23.4%
Massachusetts:

18.0%
Disability rate in this city among poor females (it is 14.6% among female residents who are not classified as poor):
Cambridge:

27.9%
Massachusetts:

32.5%

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

90.9%
Residents above poverty level:

64.4%

Poverty by age in Cambridge, MA

Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Cambridge
  • Breakdown by age of poor male residents in Cambridge,MA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 10.7%Under 5 years
  • 0.0%5 years
  • 18.8%6 to 11 years
  • 33.2%12 to 14 years
  • 0.0%15 years
  • 38.0%16 and 17 years
  • 26.9%18 to 24 years
  • 12.4%25 to 34 years
  • 6.4%35 to 44 years
  • 7.2%45 to 54 years
  • 6.3%55 to 64 years
  • 13.2%65 to 74 years
  • 5.3%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Cambridge
  • Breakdown by age of poor female residents in Cambridge,MA (percentage below poverty level)
  • 3.7%Under 5 years
  • 0.0%5 years
  • 18.8%6 to 11 years
  • 23.4%12 to 14 years
  • 31.0%15 years
  • 0.0%16 and 17 years
  • 22.0%18 to 24 years
  • 8.3%25 to 34 years
  • 7.3%35 to 44 years
  • 5.8%45 to 54 years
  • 12.5%55 to 64 years
  • 7.2%65 to 74 years
  • 6.2%75 years and over
Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Cambridge, MA
  • Breakdown by age of very poor residents in Cambridge,MA (% below half of poverty level)
  • 9.9%Under 5 years
  • 7.9%5 years
  • 8.3%6 to 11 years
  • 6.6%12 to 14 years
  • 5.7%15 years
  • 9.6%16 and 17 years
  • 14.3%18 to 24 years
  • 8.3%25 to 34 years
  • 4.2%35 to 44 years
  • 3.9%45 to 54 years
  • 4.9%55 to 64 years
  • 3.1%65 to 74 years
  • 4.1%75 years and over

Poverty by race and place of birth in Cambridge, MA

Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Cambridge, MA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Cambridge, MA (%)
  • 6.5%White
  • 21.2%Black
  • 15.3%American Indian
  • 12.8%Asian
  • 0.0%Native Hawaiian
  • 13.8%Other race
  • 11.9%2+ races
  • 22.4%Hispanic
Breakdown of poor residents within races (income below poverty level) in Cambridge, MA
  • Breakdown of poor residents within races in Cambridge, MA (absolute numbers)
  • 3,959White
  • 2,492Black
  • 21American Indian
  • 2,029Asian
  • 0Native Hawaiian
  • 274Other race
  • 5532+ races
  • 2,104Hispanic
Poverty status for native-born residents
  • 9.8%Below poverty level
  • 90.2%Above poverty level
Poverty status for foreign-born residents
  • 16.4%Below poverty level
  • 83.6%Above poverty level

Poverty in families in Cambridge, MA

Children below poverty level:
Cambridge, Massachusetts:

11.0%
State:

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

15.4%
Massachusetts:

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

46.7%
Massachusetts:

37.8%
Poor families by family type
  • 41.9%Married-couple family
  • 14.5%Male, no wife present
  • 43.7%Female, no husband present
Breakdown of poor residents in Cambridge not in families by work experience
  • 2.1%Worked full-time, year-round
  • 39.5%Worked part-time
  • 58.4%Did not work
Breakdown of poor married-couple families by work experience
  • 0.0%Both worked full-time
  • 0.7%One full-time, other part-time
  • 10.4%One full-time, other didn't work
  • 6.8%Both worked part-time
  • 31.4%One part-time, other didn't work
  • 50.6%Both didn't work

Other data

Year house/condo built for residents below and above poverty levels
  • Owners below poverty level
  • 0.0%1999 to 2000
  • 0.0%1995 to 1998
  • 10.7%1990 to 1994
  • 8.2%1980 to 1989
  • 1.6%1970 to 1979
  • 8.5%1960 to 1969
  • 1.6%1950 to 1959
  • 1.0%1940 to 1949
  • 68.4%1939 or earlier
  • Owners above poverty level
  • 0.5%1999 to 2000
  • 1.5%1995 to 1998
  • 2.0%1990 to 1994
  • 8.9%1980 to 1989
  • 3.2%1970 to 1979
  • 2.8%1960 to 1969
  • 2.5%1950 to 1959
  • 2.6%1940 to 1949
  • 76.1%1939 or earlier
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