Household status matters in terms of poverty. People living in married-couples families are much less likely to be poor than those living in non-married households in Massachusetts and the US.
Poverty rates in Massachusetts’ ten largest cities are typically higher than the rates for the state for all households types. Springfield has the highest rates for those in married couples, female-headed families, and males not living with relatives. Lynn has the highest for females not living with relatives. Quincy has the lowest rates among all household statuses.
Albelda, Randy; Cadet, Ferry; and Mei, Dinghong, "Poverty in Massachusetts by Household Status" (2011). Center for Social Policy Publications. Paper 54.