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New “NERD Boston” database reveals dramatic differences in poverty rates across Boston neighborhoods by race, ethnicity

Heller News Release
August 06, 2018

Twenty-five percent of African-American households in Boston live below the poverty line, but this statistic conceals huge inequities across neighborhoods, ranging from 10 percent in Hyde Park to 56 percent in Charlestown. 

This is according to “NERD Boston” a new, open-source database launched today by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University's  Heller School for Social Policy and Management. The data also reveal large racial and ethnic inequities within neighborhoods: the poverty rate for African-American households is three times higher than for white households in the South End and Jamaica Plain, seven times higher in South Boston, and nine times higher in Charlestown.

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