Massachusetts has lower poverty rates compared to the US average for all families with children. The poverty rates for female-headed families with children (single mother families) are 5.5 times higher than those of married couples with children in Massachusetts and the US.
Poverty rates for families with children differ considerably across Massachusetts’ ten largest cities, and are typically considerably higher than the Massachusetts average for all family types. Springfield has the highest poverty rates for each family type with children while Quincy has the lowest.
Albelda, Randy; Cadet, Ferry; and Mei, Dinghong, "Poverty in Massachusetts for Families with Children" (2011). Center for Social Policy Publications. 57.