Poverty in Springfield, Massachusetts

What is the poverty rate in Springfield, Massachusetts?
The poverty rate in Springfield is 28.7%. One out of every 3.5 residents of Springfield lives in poverty.

How many people in Springfield, Massachusetts live in poverty?
42,874 of 149,391 Springfield residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the poverty rate in Springfield compare to the rest of Massachusetts?
The Poverty Rate across the state of Massachusetts is 11.1%, meaning Springfield has a dramatically higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Massachusetts.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Historical Springfield, Massachusetts Poverty Rate

Springfield, Massachusetts Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

26.8% 15.3%

2011

29.4% 9.0% 15.9%

2012

33.3% 13.0% 15.9%

2013

30.3% 9.0% 15.8%

2014

31.7% 4.0% 15.5%

2015

27.3% 15.0% 14.7%

2016

24.7% 10.0% 14.0%

2017

27.9% 13.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Springfield, Massachusetts Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

32,193

21.1% 25.2% 20.8%

Asian

3,167

26.7% 11.9% 2.0%

Other

17,635

51.0% 23.8% 11.4%

Two Or More Races

6,504

32.6% 18.4% 4.2%

White

46,493

13.3% 10.3% 30.1%

Hispanic

67,094

43.5% 22.2% 43.4%

What's the Poverty Rate in Springfield, Massachusetts By Race?

21.1% of Black residents of Springfield, Massachusetts live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Springfield, Massachusetts is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 6,805 of 32,193 black Massachusettsans live below the poverty line. Approximately 20.8% of the total population of Springfield, Massachusetts are black.

26.7% of Asian residents of Springfield, Massachusetts live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Springfield, Massachusetts is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 847 of 3,167 asian Massachusettsans live below the poverty line. Approximately 2.0% of the total population of Springfield, Massachusetts are asian.

13.3% of White residents of Springfield, Massachusetts live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Springfield, Massachusetts is the same as than the national average. 6,170 of 46,493 white Massachusettsans live below the poverty line. Approximately 30.1% of the total population of Springfield, Massachusetts are white.

43.5% of Hispanic residents of Springfield, Massachusetts live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Springfield, Massachusetts is dramatically higher than the national average of 22.2%. 29,168 of 67,094 hispanic Massachusettsans live below the poverty line. Approximately 43.4% of the total population of Springfield, Massachusetts are hispanic.

Springfield, Massachusetts Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Springfield, Massachusetts?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Springfield, Massachusetts is 25.6%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Springfield, Massachusetts is 31.4%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Springfield, Massachusetts

Female residents of Springfield, Massachusetts are meaningfully(22%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

17,944 of 70,112 males in Springfield live below the poverty line.

24,930 of 79,279 females in Springfield live below the poverty line.

Springfield, Massachusetts Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Springfield can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Springfield, Massachusetts have a Poverty Rate of 38.7%.
  • Not Enrolled in School in Springfield, Massachusetts have a Poverty Rate of 23.8%.

Poverty for younger ages in Springfield is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Springfield, Massachusetts have a Poverty Rate of 45.3%.
  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Springfield, Massachusetts have a Poverty Rate of 46.1%.

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Springfield can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Springfield, Massachusetts have a Poverty Rate of 42.7%.
  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Springfield, Massachusetts have a Poverty Rate of 38.7%.

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Springfield, Massachusetts have a Poverty Rate of 24.0%.
  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Springfield, Massachusetts have a Poverty Rate of 26.2%.
Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Springfield, Massachusetts Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate By Age in Springfield, Massachusetts?

Springfield, Massachusetts Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Springfield, Massachusetts Poverty Rate By Age

Age Poverty Rate

Children Under 6

42.5%

Children 6 to 11 Years Old

45.5%

Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old

39.0%

Adults 18 to 59 Years Old

26.2%

Adults 60 to 74 Years Old

16.7%

75 to 84 Years Old

18.3%

Over 85 Years Old

13.1%

Springfield, Massachusetts Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Springfield, Massachusetts born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

US Citizen

The Poverty Rate for residents of Springfield, Massachusetts who were born citizens of the United States is 29.4%.

Foreign

The Poverty Rate for residents of Springfield, Massachusetts who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 22.7%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Springfield, Massachusetts born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Residents of Springfield, Massachusetts who were born as US Citizens have a higher poverty rate than those who were born citizens of a country outside of the United States.

Of the 134,189 residents of Springfield, Massachusetts who were born citizens of the United States, 39,418 (29.4%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 3,456 (22.7%) of 15,202 residents of Springfield, Massachusetts who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Poverty Rate in Springfield, Massachusetts

The poverty rate in Springfield is 28.7%.
Springfield is in Hampden County.
Massachusetts Poverty Rate by City
Here is a comparison of Poverty Rate by city(minimum 1,000 residents) in Hampden County.
City Poverty Rate
Holland 4.8%
Holyoke 28.6%
Longmeadow 3.6%
Monson Center 8.1%
Agawam Town 9.4%
Chicopee 14.4%
Palmer Town 14.1%
Springfield 28.7%
Westfield 8.5%
West Springfield Town 12.1%
Wilbraham 5.9%

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