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Massachusetts Economic Independence Index 2010

The Massachusetts Economic Independence Index (Mass. Index) reports what it takes for a family to make ends meet in Massachusetts without relying on public or private assistance. The Mass. Index calculates a budget of basic expenses including housing, child care, healthcare, food, transportation, personal and essential household items, and taxes.

The Mass. Index measures costs at the state and county levels and for the city of Boston, capturing local markets and prices. Mass. Index budgets are specific to family composition, presenting values for 410 family types. On average in Massachusetts, a single-parent family with one preschooler and one school-age child needs an income of $61,618 a year to meet its day-to-day essential expenses without public assistance.

Methodology: Mass. Index 2010 Complete Tables (MS Excel)  |  Mass. Index Methodology Narrative (PDF)

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