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Linking COVID-19 cases with race, housing and socioeconomic status in Mass. spotlights inequalities

Crises like the COVID-19 outbreak shine a light on existing inequalities. While much of the discourse around the coronavirus focuses on “at-risk” populations, such as individuals with pre-existing conditions or the elderly, researchers are also highlighting the relationship between demographic and socioeconomic characteristics and COVID-19. 

While virtually every community in the Commonwealth has been impacted by COVID-19, we see notable concentrations in urban areas, particularly Gateway Cities, around the state.

Go to the dashboard.

Our Economic and Public Policy Research team is producing a new series of occasional quick data analyses (the Donahue Data Dash) examining important issues facing Massachusetts, New England, and the nation on a variety of economic, demographic, or other topics. These examinations are not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to help stimulate discussion around some of the key issues in public policy today.  Go to the dashboard home page.

For more information, please contact Mark Melnik, Director of Economic and Public Policy Research, at

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