Nearly 15 Percent of Somerville Residents Live Below Poverty
According to numbers from the U.S. Census, 14.7 percent of people in Somerville live below the poverty level. See how our city compares.
In the United States, the poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, according to the U.S. Census. That number was up from 14.3 percent in 2009 and 12.5 percent in 2007.
Somerville's poverty rate is lower than the national average, but not by much. Also, at 14.7 percent, the percentage of people living in poverty in Somerville is greater than the statewide average, which is 10.5 percent.
The U.S. Census uses a number of "thresholds" to measure poverty, which you can find here. In the example given by the U.S. Census, using 2010 numbers, a family of five, with a mother, father, great aunt and two children living in the household, would be considered living in poverty if the family income were $26,675 or less.
How does Somerville compare to other communities in the area? By way of example, Boston's poverty rate was 21.2 percent, Cambridge's was 15 percent, Medford's was 8.3 percent, and Arlington's was 4.9 percent.
Here's a chart showing the poverty rates in Somerville and neighboring communities.
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