INCOME UP, POVERTY DOWN BUT STILL A REALITY FOR 686,000 IN MASS.
By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 14, 2017....With the state moving toward major decisions over wages, income taxation and health care spending, new data published by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday shows Massachusetts to be a state with declining poverty and rising incomes that rank among the highest in the country.
An estimated 65,474 fewer residents of Massachusetts - for comparison's sake, that's about the size of Waltham or Haverhill - were living in poverty in 2016 than the year before, according to new data released by the federal government from the American Community Survey. But the number of Massachusetts residents still living in poverty - 686,597 - is nearly the size of the population of Boston.
Income growth in Massachusetts also ranked state workers among the highest earners in the country along with residents of Alaska, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland and New Jersey.
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