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New census data shows the state's median household income rose slightly to $69,160 a year. (walknboston/Flickr)
New census data shows the state's median household income rose slightly to $69,160 a year. (walknboston/Flickr)
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When it comes to income and poverty, Massachusetts continues to do better than the rest of the country. The latest census data show that the state's median household income rose slightly, but the poverty level remained unchanged, at 11.6 percent.

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Noah Berger, president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. He tweets @MassBudget.

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The Boston Globe: Incomes Rise, But Many Mass. Families Still In Need

  • "Many factors contribute to this apparent discrepancy. Housing and heating costs continue to rise in Massachusetts as hourly wages stagnate, putting more families on the margins, even if they are not considered poor by federal standards, according to public policy researchers."

This segment aired on September 17, 2015.

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