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Child poverty increased in Mass., report shows

A growing percentage of Massachusetts children are living in poverty, with more than a quarter of youngsters in Suffolk County and nearly a third in Hampden County coming from families with incomes below the federal poverty line in 2012, according to a new report that concludes that where residents live significantly affects their health and their longevity.

Even as the economy has rebounded, the data show that children in poor households have not enjoyed a similar recovery. In 2007, before the recession hit, 13 percent of the state’s children were living in poverty. By 2012 that had grown to 15 percent, and the rates remain higher now than in 2007 in every county except Suffolk, which includes Boston.

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