child poverty report released
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While Massachusetts has the 4th highest median family income in the country and many of its children thrive, it is also a state where many struggle. In its latest KIDS COUNT report, Child Poverty in Massachusetts: A Tale of Three Cities, MCC hones in on three cities where child poverty rates hover at 40%, well above the rates in Mississippi and Louisiana.
Springfield, New Bedford and Lawrence comprise 19% or 32,000 of the 169,000 children who are poor in Massachusetts. The report outlines reasons poverty has persisted in these urban hubs and describes the historical dynamics that keep groups of immigrants, people of color, and single mothers persistently poor. The report highlights key programs in each city working to support children and their families. Finally, it describes emerging efforts in these communities to achieve child poverty reduction goals.