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Square miles per fire station

In this table The Boston Globe ranks communities in Massachusetts by the territory that fire stations cover, as measured by square miles per station. Communities with the best coverage are ranked at the top.

To count the stations, the newspaper started with an old list from the state fire marshal's office, and then telephoned and faxed every fire department in the state. If you know of a change in the number of stations in any community, please let us know. The Globe counted as a fire station only buildings with a fire engine or ladder truck. Stations were included whether or not they were staffed; many of the stations listed here are not staffed, or are staffed only part time. Figures for the area of each town come from the US Census Bureau.

Please send any questions or corrections to Bill Dedman, at Dedman@Globe.com.

Rank Community Square miles
per station
Square miles Fire stations
1 Chelsea 0.7 2.2 3
2 Somerville 0.8 4.1 5
3 Cambridge 0.9 7.1 8
4 Winthrop 1.0 2.0 2
5 Everett 1.1 3.4 3
6 Lawrence 1.2 7.4 6
7 Nahant 1.2 1.2 1
8 Brookline 1.4 6.8 5
9 Watertown 1.4 4.2 3
10 Medford 1.4 8.4 6
11 Lynn 1.4 11.4 8
12 Boston 1.5 49.6 34
13 Revere 1.5 6.0 4
14 Hull 1.6 3.1 2
15 Belmont 1.6 4.7 3
16 Malden 1.7 5.1 3
17 Lowell 1.8 14.5 8
18 Arlington 1.8 5.5 3
19 Salem 2.0 8.2 4
20 Quincy 2.1 16.9 8
21 Marblehead 2.3 4.5 2
22 Waltham 2.3 13.6 6
23 Melrose 2.4 4.8 2
24 Millville 2.5 5.0 2
25 Woburn 2.6 12.9 5
26 New Bedford 2.9 20.2 7
27 Newton 3.0 18.2 6
28 Swampscott 3.1 3.1 1
29 Hanover 3.1 15.7 5
30 Winchester 3.1 6.3 2
31 Provincetown 3.3 9.9 3
32 Peabody 3.4 16.8 5
33 Worcester 3.5 38.6 11
34 Rockport 3.6 7.2 2
35 Brockton 3.6 21.6 6
36 Springfield 3.7 33.2 9
37 Holbrook 3.7 7.4 2
38 Blackstone 3.7 11.2 3
39 Hudson 3.9 11.8 3
40 Wakefield 4.0 7.9 2
41 Chicopee 4.0 23.9 6
42 Natick 4.0 16.1 4
43 Wenham 4.0 8.1 2
44 Millbury 4.1 16.3 4
45 Somerset 4.2 8.4 2
46 Milton 4.4 13.1 3
47 Newburyport 4.4 8.8 2
48 Weymouth 4.5 17.8 4
49 Avon 4.6 4.6 1
50 Chelmsford 4.6 23.2 5
51 Groveland 4.7 9.4 2
52 Holliston 4.8 19.0 4
53 Braintree 4.8 14.4 3
54 Reading 5.0 9.9 2
55 Abington 5.1 10.2 2
56 Beverly 5.1 15.4 3
57 Lynnfield 5.2 10.5 2
58 Wellesley 5.2 10.5 2
59 Randolph 5.3 10.5 2
60 Billerica 5.3 26.4 5
61 Framingham 5.3 26.4 5
62 Dedham 5.3 10.6 2
63 Hopedale 5.3 5.3 1
64 Maynard 5.4 5.4 1
65 Westwood 5.6 11.1 2
66 Holyoke 5.7 22.8 4
67 Saugus 5.7 11.5 2
68 Medway 5.8 11.5 2
69 Aquinnah 5.8 5.8 1
70 Methuen 5.8 23.1 4
71 Scituate 5.8 17.4 3
72 Swansea 5.8 23.4 4
73 West Springfield 5.8 17.5 3
74 Pembroke 5.9 23.5 4
75 Burlington 5.9 11.9 2
76 Tyngsborough 6.0 18.1 3
77 Fall River 6.1 36.6 6
78 Seekonk 6.1 18.4 3
79 Fairhaven 6.2 12.4 2
80 Wareham 6.2 37.3 6
81 Bellingham 6.3 19.0 3
82 North Attleborough 6.4 19.1 3
83 Needham 6.4 12.7 2
84 Ashland 6.5 12.9 2
85 Tisbury 6.6 6.6 1
86 Georgetown 6.6 13.2 2
87 Gloucester 6.7 26.6 4
88 Stoneham 6.7 6.7 1
89 Acton 6.8 20.3 3
90 Amesbury 6.8 13.6 2
91 Danvers 6.9 13.8 2
92 Whitman 7.0 7.0 1
93 Walpole 7.0 21.0 3
94 Tewksbury 7.0 21.1 3
95 Norwell 7.1 21.2 3
96 Attleboro 7.1 28.3 4
97 Dracut 7.1 21.4 3
98 Haverhill 7.1 35.6 5
99 Lenox 7.2 21.5 3
100 Erving 7.2 14.4 2
101 Shrewsbury 7.2 21.6 3
102 Webster 7.3 14.5 2
103 Clinton 7.3 7.3 1
104 West Newbury 7.3 14.6 2
105 Marion 7.3 14.7 2
106 Marlborough 7.4 22.2 3
107 Milford 7.4 14.9 2
108 Oak Bluffs 7.5 7.5 1
109 Hingham 7.6 22.7 3
110 Southborough 7.8 15.7 2
111 Manchester-by-the-Sea 7.9 7.9 1
112 Stockbridge 7.9 23.7 3
113 Wayland 8.0 15.9 2
114 Sherborn 8.1 16.2 2
115 Stoughton 8.1 16.3 2
116 Auburn 8.2 16.4 2
117 Sudbury 8.2 24.6 3
118 Lexington 8.3 16.5 2
119 Berkley 8.3 16.5 2
120 Yarmouth 8.4 25.3 3
121 Pittsfield 8.5 42.3 5
122 Chatham 8.5 17.1 2
123 Weston 8.7 17.3 2
124 Merrimac 8.8 8.8 1
125 Russell 8.9 17.9 2
126 Barnstable 8.9 62.6 7
127 Northbridge 9.0 18.1 2
128 Falmouth 9.2 45.9 5
129 South Hadley 9.2 18.4 2
130 Fitchburg 9.4 28.1 3
131 Acushnet 9.4 18.9 2
132 Kingston 9.5 18.9 2
133 Egremont 9.5 19.0 2
134 Longmeadow 9.5 9.5 1
135 Marshfield 9.5 28.6 3
136 Ayer 9.6 9.6 1
137 Taunton 9.6 47.9 5
138 Easton 9.7 29.2 3
139 Canton 9.8 19.6 2
140 Buckland 9.9 19.8 2
141 Leominster 9.9 29.8 3
142 Rockland 10.1 10.1 1
143 Uxbridge 10.1 30.4 3
144 Wellfleet 10.2 20.3 2
145 Cohasset 10.2 10.2 1
146 Chilmark 10.3 20.5 2
147 Bourne 10.3 41.3 4
148 Mansfield 10.4 20.7 2
149 East Brookfield 10.4 10.4 1
150 Boxborough 10.4 10.4 1
151 Westford 10.4 31.3 3
152 Norwood 10.5 10.5 1
153 Dennis 10.7 21.3 2
154 Palmer 10.7 32.0 3
155 Andover 10.7 32.1 3
156 Monroe 10.8 10.8 1
157 Townsend 11.0 33.1 3
158 Wilbraham 11.2 22.4 2
159 Groton 11.2 33.7 3
160 Dighton 11.3 22.5 2
161 Harwich 11.3 22.6 2
162 Sutton 11.3 33.9 3
163 Wrentham 11.5 22.9 2
164 Plainville 11.5 11.5 1
165 Alford 11.6 11.6 1
166 Pepperell 11.6 23.2 2
167 Duxbury 12.1 24.2 2
168 Agawam 12.1 24.2 2
169 Newbury 12.1 24.2 2
170 Rochester 12.1 36.4 3
171 Millis 12.3 12.3 1
172 Boxford 12.3 24.6 2
173 Hadley 12.4 24.7 2
174 Chester 12.4 37.1 3
175 Dartmouth 12.5 62.3 5
176 Freetown 12.5 37.4 3
177 Topsfield 12.8 12.8 1
178 Clarksburg 12.8 12.8 1
179 Williamsburg 12.9 25.7 2
180 Concord 12.9 25.9 2
181 East Longmeadow 13.0 13.0 1
182 Berlin 13.1 13.1 1
183 Holland 13.1 13.1 1
184 West Tisbury 13.2 26.4 2
185 Pelham 13.2 26.5 2
186 Carver 13.3 39.8 3
187 Huntington 13.5 26.9 2
188 Harvard 13.5 27.0 2
189 Franklin 13.5 27.0 2
190 North Reading 13.5 13.5 1
191 Lee 13.5 27.0 2
192 New Ashford 13.5 13.5 1
193 Easthampton 13.6 13.6 1
194 Gosnold 13.6 13.6 1
195 Oxford 13.8 27.5 2
196 Warren 13.8 27.6 2
197 West Boylston 13.8 13.8 1
198 Bedford 13.9 13.9 1
199 Amherst 13.9 27.8 2
200 North Andover 13.9 27.8 2
201 Lancaster 14.1 28.2 2
202 Eastham 14.4 14.4 1
203 Essex 14.4 14.4 1
204 Middleton 14.4 14.4 1
205 Orleans 14.5 14.5 1
206 Edgartown 14.5 29.0 2
207 Southampton 14.5 29.1 2
208 Medfield 14.6 14.6 1
209 Sandwich 14.7 44.0 3
210 Plymouth 14.7 102.7 7
211 Sunderland 14.8 14.8 1
212 Gill 14.8 14.8 1
213 Norton 14.9 29.8 2
214 Hamilton 14.9 14.9 1
215 Lincoln 15.0 15.0 1
216 Plympton 15.1 15.1 1
217 Montgomery 15.2 15.2 1
218 Norfolk 15.2 15.2 1
219 Dover 15.4 15.4 1
220 Paxton 15.5 15.5 1
221 Carlisle 15.5 15.5 1
222 Rehoboth 15.6 46.8 3
223 Hanson 15.7 15.7 1
224 Montague 15.7 31.4 2
225 Westfield 15.8 47.3 3
226 Salisbury 15.8 15.8 1
227 West Bridgewater 15.8 15.8 1
228 Shirley 15.9 15.9 1
229 Wales 16.0 16.0 1
230 Templeton 16.2 32.4 2
231 Nantucket 16.4 49.2 3
232 Ipswich 16.5 32.9 2
233 Mattapoisett 16.5 16.5 1
234 Brookfield 16.6 16.6 1
235 Deerfield 16.7 33.4 2
236 Athol 16.7 33.4 2
237 Dunstable 16.7 16.7 1
238 Hatfield 16.8 16.8 1
239 Wilmington 17.2 17.2 1
240 Halifax 17.3 17.3 1
241 East Bridgewater 17.5 17.5 1
242 Littleton 17.6 17.6 1
243 Goshen 17.7 17.7 1
244 Northampton 17.8 35.6 2
245 Princeton 17.9 35.8 2
246 Orange 18.0 36.0 2
247 Leyden 18.0 18.0 1
248 Stow 18.1 18.1 1
249 Holden 18.1 36.2 2
250 Mendon 18.3 18.3 1
251 West Stockbridge 18.6 18.6 1
252 Northborough 18.7 18.7 1
253 Rowley 18.8 18.8 1
254 Tyringham 18.9 18.9 1
255 Richmond 19.2 19.2 1
256 Hampden 19.6 19.6 1
257 Boylston 19.7 19.7 1
258 Bolton 20.0 20.0 1
259 Ashburnham 20.5 41.0 2
260 North Adams 20.6 20.6 1
261 Whately 20.7 20.7 1
262 New Braintree 20.9 20.9 1
263 Raynham 20.9 20.9 1
264 Southbridge 20.9 20.9 1
265 Foxborough 20.9 20.9 1
266 Hubbardston 21.0 41.9 2
267 West Brookfield 21.1 21.1 1
268 Plainfield 21.3 21.3 1
269 Oakham 21.5 21.5 1
270 Westborough 21.6 21.6 1
271 Hinsdale 21.7 21.7 1
272 Truro 21.7 21.7 1
273 Upton 21.7 21.7 1
274 North Brookfield 21.7 21.7 1
275 Dalton 21.9 21.9 1
276 Charlton 21.9 43.8 2
277 Greenfield 21.9 21.9 1
278 Dudley 22.1 22.1 1
279 Barre 22.3 44.6 2
280 Great Barrington 22.8 45.7 2
281 Adams 22.9 22.9 1
282 Leverett 23.0 23.0 1
283 Gardner 23.0 23.0 1
284 Cummington 23.1 23.1 1
285 Grafton 23.3 23.3 1
286 Bernardston 23.4 23.4 1
287 Shelburne 23.4 23.4 1
288 Becket 23.9 47.8 2
289 Rowe 24.1 24.1 1
290 Middleborough 24.1 72.3 3
291 Middlefield 24.2 24.2 1
292 Ashby 24.2 24.2 1
293 Sharon 24.2 24.2 1
294 Florida 24.6 24.6 1
295 Phillipston 24.6 24.6 1
296 Leicester 24.7 24.7 1
297 Heath 24.9 24.9 1
298 Brewster 25.4 25.4 1
299 Westport 25.7 51.5 2
300 Mashpee 25.8 25.8 1
301 Peru 26.0 26.0 1
302 Charlemont 26.4 26.4 1
303 Sandisfield 26.5 53.0 2
304 Shutesbury 27.2 27.2 1
305 Monterey 27.3 27.3 1
306 Westhampton 27.3 27.3 1
307 Cheshire 27.6 27.6 1
308 Lunenburg 27.7 27.7 1
309 Granby 28.1 28.1 1
310 Hopkinton 28.2 28.2 1
311 Bridgewater 28.2 28.2 1
312 Ludlow 28.2 28.2 1
313 Lanesborough 29.7 29.7 1
314 Hawley 30.9 30.9 1
315 Chesterfield 31.3 31.3 1
316 Sterling 31.6 31.6 1
317 Southwick 31.7 31.7 1
318 Worthington 32.1 32.1 1
319 Wendell 32.2 32.2 1
320 Tolland 32.8 32.8 1
321 Spencer 34.0 34.0 1
322 Windsor 35.1 35.1 1
323 Brimfield 35.2 35.2 1
324 Northfield 35.4 35.4 1
325 Hancock 35.8 35.8 1
326 Savoy 36.0 36.0 1
327 Lakeville 36.1 36.1 1
328 Rutland 36.4 36.4 1
329 Westminster 37.3 37.3 1
330 Warwick 37.6 37.6 1
331 Douglas 37.7 37.7 1
332 Conway 37.8 37.8 1
333 Otis 38.0 38.0 1
334 Washington 38.7 38.7 1
335 Sturbridge 38.9 38.9 1
336 Ware 40.0 40.0 1
337 Ashfield 40.4 40.4 1
338 Hardwick 40.8 40.8 1
339 Royalston 42.5 42.5 1
340 Granville 43.0 43.0 1
341 Colrain 43.5 43.5 1
342 Winchendon 44.1 44.1 1
343 Monson 44.8 44.8 1
344 Williamstown 46.9 46.9 1
345 New Marlborough 47.9 47.9 1
346 Sheffield 48.5 48.5 1
347 Blandford 53.6 53.6 1
348 Belchertown 55.4 55.4 1
349 New Salem 58.7 58.7 1
350 Petersham 68.3 68.3 1
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