Snapshot: Affordable "40b" housing units in each community

By Matt Carroll, Boston Globe | June 24, 2010
The chart and map show the percent of affordable "40b" housing units in each community. The percent is important because state law makes it easier for developers to build developments with affordable units in communities with less than 10 percent, and more difficult for towns to block. Once a town passes the 10 percent threshold, a community gains more control over developments with affordable units. The units are called "40b" after the section of state law that was designed to increase the number of low- and moderate income units. Almost all the units are subsidized by the government. Renters of the units must earn less then 80 percent of the area median, as determined by the federal government. The data, from this year, are from the state Department of Housing and Community Development.
Want to create your own chart, using this data? The Globe is introducing interactive charts that allow readers to create their own graphics. Click on “view data” in the lower right corner of the graphic to see the data. Then click on “visualize” at the bottom of the data, and pick the graphic display that you think works best. Click on “publish” to display the data to the Web. The charts are publicly displayed on many-eyes.com. Questions, comments, or suggestions? E-mail Matt Carroll at: mcarroll@globe.com or twitter.com/GlobeMattC.
CommunityPercent subsidizedHousing unitsRank
Abington8.8%5,33271
Acton6.8%7,645126
Acushnet2.5%3,879265
Adams7.4%4,352103
Agawam4.1%11,588204
Alford0.0%173317
Amesbury7.5%6,570101
Amherst11.3%9,02029
Andover9.1%11,51366
Aquinnah26.5%1551
Arlington5.7%19,358157
Ashburnham1.6%1,997283
Ashby0.0%1,000317
Ashfield0.3%770312
Ashland4.2%5,781200
Athol5.3%4,775167
Attleboro7.3%16,519109
Auburn3.2%6,551241
Avon4.3%1,737195
Ayer9.3%3,14164
Barnstable6.7%20,266129
Barre4.1%1,981204
Becket0.0%739317
Bedford18.3%4,6924
Belchertown7.4%5,002103
Bellingham9.4%5,63262
Belmont3.3%9,936234
Berkley0.8%1,870299
Berlin6.7%891129
Bernardston2.8%862255
Beverly11.5%16,15027
Bill erica9.1%13,05566
Blackstone3.7%3,321222
Blandford0.4%472310
Bolton3.2%1,472241
Boston19.4%250,3673
Bourne7.2%7,787111
Boxborough1.3%1,900288
Boxford0.9%2,602297
Boylston1.5%1,602286
Braintree8.7%12,92474
Brewster5.8%4,379150
Bridgewater2.8%7,639255
Brimfield6.9%1,287122
Brockton12.9%34,79416
Brookfield3.2%1,259241
Brookline8.2%26,22481
Buckland0.6%812303
Burlington11.7%8,39523
Cambridge16.1%44,1387
Canton10.6%8,12937
Carlisle1.2%1,647290
Carver3.1%4,063245
Charlemont1.0%576292
Charlton1.3%3,868288
Chatham4.8%3,596181
Chelmsford7.4%12,981103
Chelsea17.8%12,3175
Cheshire0.0%1,458317
Chester9.5%52860
Chesterfield5.8%462150
Chicopee10.5%24,33741
Chilmark0.7%406301
Clarksburg1.2%683290
Clinton9.6%5,81757
Cohasset3.2%2,752241
Colra in0.5%749305
Concord6.0%6,095146
Conway0.0%716317
Cummington4.0%401209
Dalton5.7%2,831157
Danvers10.3%9,71246
Dartmouth8.6%10,83976
Dedham12.3%8,89320
Deerfield1.6%2,045283
Dennis4.2%8,079200
Dighton5.9%2,261149
Douglas5.6%2,510160
Dover0.9%1,874297
Dracut5.5%10,597164
Dudley2.6%3,877262
Dunstable0.0%933317
Duxbury3.7%5,103222
East Bridgewater3.8%4,423220
East Brookfield0.0%797317
Eastham1.9%2,642276
Easthampton6.7%7,058129
East Longmeadow8.1%5,35087
Easton3.3%7,596234
Edgartown4.9%1,718178
Egremont0.0%624317
Erving0.3%625312
Essex2.9%1,357252
Everett8.2%15,88681
Fairhaven7.2%6,853111
Fall River11.4%41,75728
Falmouth6.6%14,440134
Fitchburg10.4%15,96343
Florida0.0%279317
Foxborough8.9%6,26068
Framingham10.3%26,58846
Franklin10.4%10,29643
Freetown2.9%2,991252
Gardner14.1%8,8049
Georgetown13.9%2,60111
Gill4.5%550189
Gloucester6.9%12,997122
Goshen2.1%380271
Gosnold0.0%49317
Grafton5.3%5,820167
Granby3.0%2,288250
Granville1.7%578280
Great Barrington7.0%3,116117
Greenfield14.1%8,2749
Groton5.8%3,339150
Groveland3.6%2,090226
Hadley13.3%1,94313
Halifax1.0%2,804292
Hamilton3.1%2,717245
Hampden3.3%1,843234
Hancock0.0%341317
Hanover9.8%4,44054
Hanson4.5%3,167189
Hardwick3.1%1,054245
Harvard2.8%2,156255
Harwich5.0%5,862173
Hatfield3.3%1,420234
Haverhill8.8%23,67571
Hawley0.0%165317
Heath0.5%416305
Hingham7.1%7,307115
Hinsdale0.0%775317
Holbrook10.6%4,14537
Holden3.3%5,806234
Holland3.1%947245
Holliston4.1%4,861204
Holyoke21.7%16,1802
Hopedale4.9%2,284178
Hopkinton3.3%4,521234
Hubbardston3.9%1,348215
Hudson10.3%7,14446
Hull2.1%4,679271
Huntington7.0%847117
Ipswich8.2%5,41481
Kingston3.9%4,370215
Lakeville4.4%3,385193
Lancaster4.9%2,103178
Lanesborough1.5%1,299286
Lawrence14.8%25,5408
Lee6.9%2,542122
Leicester3.9%3,790215
Lenox7.6%2,354100
Leominster8.4%16,93779
Leverett0.0%642317
Lexington10.6%11,27437
Leyden0.7%288301
Lincoln10.9%2,07634
Littleton8.1%3,01887
Longmeadow4.6%5,832185
Lowell13.2%39,38114
Ludlow2.3%7,815268
Lunenburg1.8%3,605278
Lynn12.8%34,56917
Lynnfield7.4%4,249103
Malden11.2%23,56130
Manchester5.0%2,219173
Mansfield11.6%8,08325
Marblehead3.8%8,746220
Marion4.3%2,095195
Marlborough10.7%14,84636
Marshfield5.8%9,117150
Mashpee4.0%5,578209
Mattapoisett2.7%2,634261
Maynard8.3%4,39880
Medfield4.6%4,038185
Medford7.2%22,631111
Medway5.3%4,243167
Melrose8.0%11,20090
Mendon2.6%1,870262
Merrimac6.4%2,281138
Methuen9.7%16,84855
Middleborough5.7%7,195157
Middlefield7.9%22992
Middleton4.0%2,337209
Milford6.8%10,682126
Millbury4.3%5,086195
Millis3.7%3,060222
Millville2.1%956271
Milton4.8%9,142181
Monroe0.0%66317
Monson5.3%3,184167
Montague10.3%3,82646
Monterey0.0%417317
Montgomery0.0%254317
Mount Washington0.0%69317
Nahant2.9%1,676252
Nantucket3.0%4,040250
Natick10.2%13,33751
Needham7.7%10,79394
New Ashford0.0%107317
New Bedford12.5%41,40318
New Braintree0.0%325317
Newbury3.6%2,614226
Newburyport8.2%7,71781
New Marlborough0.0%630317
New Salem0.3%399312
Newton7.7%31,85794
Norfolk3.9%2,851215
North Adams12.4%7,06119
Northampton11.8%12,28222
North Andover7.0%9,896117
North Attleborough2.8%10,600255
Northborough4.1%4,983204
Northbridge7.7%4,93094
North Brookfield7.5%1,889101
Northfield2.5%1,194265
North Reading11.1%4,83931
Norton7.0%5,942117
Norwell4.2%3,299200
Norwood6.0%11,911146
Oak Bluffs8.7%1,67774
Oakham0.0%583317
Orange11.7%3,23623
Orleans8.9%3,31768
Otis0.0%600317
Oxford7.7%5,20994
Palmer7.0%5,371117
Paxton0.8%1,455299
Peabody10.5%18,83841
Pelham0.5%551305
Pembroke10.8%5,83435
Pepperell3.1%3,905245
Peru0.0%334317
Petersham0.0%453317
Phillipston1.0%598292
Pittsfield9.6%21,00057
Plainfield6.9%262122
Plainville6.1%3,088144
Plymouth4.5%19,008189
Plympton5.0%865173
Princeton1.7%1,185280
Provincetown6.2 %2,062141
Quincy10.3%39,91246
Randolph11.0%11,49732
Raynham11.6%4,19725
Reading7.8%8,81193
Rehoboth1.0%3,588292
Revere10.6%20,10237
Richmond0.0%718317
Rochester0.5%1,619305
Rockland6.2%6,632141
Rockport3.7%3,652222
Rowe0.0%183317
Rowley4.4%1,985193
Royalston0.6%470303
Russell2.8%634255
Rutland4.0%2,316209
Salem13.0%18,10315
Salisbury8.6%3,45676
Sandisfield0.0%351317
Sandwich3.6%7,574226
Saugus7.3%10,111109
Savoy4.5%313189
Scituate4.6%6,869185
Seekonk1.7%4,927280
Sharon6.4%6,006138
Sheffield2.1%1,422271
Shelburne5.8%873150
Sherborn2.3%1,449268
Shirley2.8%2,140255
Shrewsbury6.8%12,606126
Shutesbury0.3%680312
Somerset3.6%7,124226
Somerville9.6%32,38957
Southampton2.2%2,003270
Southborough3.9%2,988215
Southbridge6.6%7,486134
South Hadley5.6%6,757160
Southwick5.6%3,488160
Spencer5.0%4,816173
Springfield16.6%61,0016
Sterling6.2%2,611141
Stockbridge11.0%1,06632
Stoneham5.4%9,231166
Stoughton12.0%10,42921
Stow6.5%2,108137
Sturbridge6.7%3,141129
Sudbury4.8%5,582181
Sunderland0.4%1,658310
Sutton1.6%2,869283
Swampscott3.6%5,804226
Swansea4.1%6,032204
Taunton7.7%22,87494
Templeton8.2%2,49281
Tewksbury6.6%10,125134
Tisbury6.3%1,755140
Tolland0.0%183317
Topsfield5.8%2,126150
Townsend4.0%3,162209
Truro1.0%999292
Tyngsborough5.1%3,784171
Tyringham0.0%146317
Upton8.5%2,08378
Uxbridge6.0%4,080146
Wakefield6.1%9,914144
Wales8.8%69071
Walpole5.8%8,202150
Waltham7.4%23,749103
Ware10.4%4,28543
Wareham8.1%8,65087
Warren5.6%2,004160
Warwick0.0%314317
Washington0.0%210317
Watertown6.7%14,959129
Wayland4.6%4,703185
Webster9.4%7,34362
Wellesley5.5%8,789164
Wellfleet2.6%1,430262
Wendell0.5%405305
Wenham8.9%1,31068
Westborough10.0%6,72952
West Boylston7.7%2,45494
West Bridgewater2.5%2,507265
West Brookfield4.3%1,436195
Westfield7.1%15,362115
Westford9.2%6,87765
Westhampton0.0%557317
Westminster3.3%2,609234
West Newbury1.8%1,414278
Weston3.6%3,796226
Westport4.0%5,545209
West Springfield3.6%12,196226
West Stockbridge0.0%632317
West Tisbury2.1%1,081271
Westwood9.5%5,21860
Weymouth8.2%22,47181
Whately0.3%647312
Whitman4.3%5,100195
Wilbraham5.1%5,021171
Williamsburg7.2%1,057111
Williamstown5.0%2,926173
Wilmington10.0%7,14152
Winchendon9.7%3,56355
Winchester1.9%7,860276
Windsor0.0%378317
Winthrop8.0%8,00990
Woburn7.4%15,312103
Worcester13.6%70,40812
Worthington4.2%522200
Wrentham4.7%3,477184
Yarmouth3.4%12,056233
SOURCE: state Department of Housing and Community Development