The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that the median income in Massachusetts grew slightly between 2011 and 2012, although it is still 5.4 percent lower than it was before the recession began. Despite this slight increase in median income, the statewide poverty rate did not improve, and more than 1 in 7 Massachusetts children continue to live below the poverty line.

The 5 charts below provide a snapshot of the new information on median income, poverty, child poverty, health insurance coverage for all residents, and health coverage for children.

1) Median Income

  • Median household income in Massachusetts grew to $65,339 in 2012. This is a statistically significant increase of $1,167 or 1.8 percent from the 2011 level of $64,172 (adjusted to 2012 dollars).

  • For the U.S. as a whole, the ACS data show median household income stood at $51,371 in 2012, which is essentially unchanged from 2011.

  • Since 2007 (in the final month of which the nation officially fell into recession), median household income in Massachusetts dropped an inflation-adjusted $3,723 or 5.4 percent. During the same period, U.S. median household income fell $4,818 or 8.6 percent.