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These are the 10 poorest cities in Massachusetts

In the city of Lawrence, 29.2 percent of its population is living below the poverty level.

Lawrence was named the poorest city in the state of Massachusetts, according to a Wikimedia/Daderot

The nation’s economy has some cities facing large poverty levels, and a report posted by the site onlyinyourstate.com — which used data from the United States Census Bureau — points out the 10 cities in Massachusetts that are struggling to get by the most.

The list was compiled from information off of the 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, an ongoing survey that covers a range of topics about social, economic, demographic and housing characteristics.

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To compile the list of the poorest cities in the state, onlyinyourstate.com used each Massachusetts town’s per capita income — which is the average income earned per person in a year — median household income and poverty level.

  1. Lawrence: Per capita income: $16,987; Median Household income: $32,851; Living below poverty level: 29.2 percent
    (According to onlyinyourstate.com, Lawrence is also listed as one of the poorest cities in the whole nation.)
  2. Springfield: Per capita income: $18,133; Average Household income: $34,311; Living below poverty level: 29.4percent.
  3. Amherst: Per capita income: $19,796; Average Household income: $53,191; Living below poverty level: 48percent.
    (According to onlyinyourstate.com, this data is based on results from North Amherst. Amherst Center has a poverty rate of 34.1%.)
  4. Holyoke: Per capita income: $19,968; Median Household income: $31,628; Living below poverty level: 31.5 percent.
  5. Chelsea: Per capita income: $20,617; Median Household income: $47,291; Living below poverty level: 23.7percent.
  6. New Bedford: Per capita income: 21,056; Median Household income: 35,999; Living below poverty level: 23.3percent.
  7. Fall River: Per capita income: 21,257; Median Household income: 33,211; Living below poverty level: 23.3percent.
  8. North Adams: Per capita income: 21,263; Median Household income: $38,317; Living below poverty level: 21.4percent.
  9. Southbridge: Per capita income: $21, 579. Median Household income: $42,471. Living below poverty level: 17.2percent.
  10. Brockton: Per capita income: $21,942; Median Household income: $49,025; Living below poverty level: 17.9percent.

 

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