BOSTON - Inflation-adjusted income dipped and the poverty rate ticked up slightly in Massachusetts in 2011, according to the American Community Survey data released by the U.S. Census Bureau yesterday.

The number of households receiving food stamps increased by 18,840, rising to 307,473 or 12.1 percent of the population. The number of people living in poverty rose from 11.4 percent in 2010 to 11.6 percent in 2011, an uptick that is within the 0.4 percent margin of error, and below the nationwide rate, which climbed from 15.3 percent in 2010 to 15.9 percent in 2011.

Once adjusted for inflation, the median household income in 2010 dropped from $63,967 to $62,859, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, though without the inflation-adjustment, household median income has increased by about $800.

The median household income in Massachusetts is about $10,000 higher than the median household income nationwide. The percentage of people who receive health insurance remained largely unchanged at 95.7 percent, with the number of children under 18 at 98.3 percent, according to the survey. Nationwide, 84.9 percent of people and 92.5 percent of people under 18 receive health insurance, according to the Census.

Patrick administration estimates of the state's insured population are higher, approaching 99 percent.



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