Understanding Brookline Poverty
Poverty cuts across all age and demographic groups in Brookline with some more affected than others.
- Poverty varies by gender: 68.1% of those living in poverty are girls and women.
- It varies by race: 19.4% of Latino, 13.5% of Asian, 13.1% of black and 11.6% of white residents have income at or below poverty.
- It varies by education level: 6.9% of adults with at least a Bachelor’s degree live in poverty, compared with 25.8% of adults without a high school diploma.
- It varies by geography and household type: Poverty households more highly concentrated in the northeast areas of the town and among single people and non-families.
- Disabled residents are disproportionately affected too: Approximately a third (32.9%) of adults reporting disabilities have income at or below the poverty threshold.