snapshot: homes built in 1939 or earlier

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | July 25, 2013
The US Census tracks when homes were built. In Massachusetts, homes built in 1939 or earlier appear to be concentrated in the urban area around Boston and in communities scattered in central and western Mass. Many of the suburbs around Boston have fewer older homes, reflecting how the suburbs grew after World War II. The data is for 2011.
CommunityPercent homes built 1939 or beforeRankNumber
ABINGTON 26.91561,698
ACTON 9336738
ACUSHNET 19.9217798
ADAMS 57.9102,373
AGAWAM 15.62711,869
ALFORD 27.415096
AMESBURY 39.7712,808
AMHERST 21.42061,983
ANDOVER 25.11763,186
AQUINNAH 11.531359
ARLINGTON 54.51910,906
ASHBURNHAM 25.5170671
ASHBY 25.1176286
ASHFIELD 43.552385
ASHLAND 9.7331633
ATHOL 48.2362,564
ATTLEBORO 29.21315,165
AUBURN 21.22081,423
AVON 34.1105585
AYER 26.1165890
BARNSTABLE 132963,590
BARRE 34.8101817
BECKET 16.3260290
BEDFORD 10.5320545
BELCHERTOWN 7.9340451
BELLINGHAM 9.5335577
BELMONT 64.236,468
BERKLEY 8339159
BERLIN 26.9156282
BERNARDSTON 30127294
BEVERLY 44.5507,431
BILLERICA 12.83001,857
BLACKSTONE 34.31041,344
BLANDFORD 37.184208
BOLTON 9.8329164
BOSTON 56.414153,352
BOURNE 17.92421,967
BOXBOROUGH 6.3345128
BOXFORD 7.2342198
BOYLSTON 19.3223344
BRAINTREE 28.11443,874
BREWSTER 7.3341566
BRIDGEWATER 20.32131,703
BRIMFIELD 12.8300184
BROCKTON 41.66115,119
BROOKFIELD 27153393
BROOKLINE 55.41715,191
BUCKLAND 56.116525
BURLINGTON 4.4350410
CAMBRIDGE 56.81227,782
CANTON 13.92841,227
CARLISLE 18238307
CARVER 5.8348266
CHARLEMONT 45.246308
CHARLTON 11.6311554
CHATHAM 18.32351,322
CHELMSFORD 14.52801,997
CHELSEA 67.528,853
CHESHIRE 26167398
CHESTER 48.733298
CHESTERFIELD 32.3115175
CHICOPEE 31.91187,930
CHILMARK 16.4258258
CLARKSBURG 35.595278
CLINTON 47.7372,993
COHASSET 33.8108984
COLRAIN 39.771321
CONCORD 28.51411,890
CONWAY 3598272
CUMMINGTON 47.638230
DALTON 36.9851,059
DANVERS 26.11652,858
DARTMOUTH 18.82302,499
DEDHAM 38.2793,834
DEERFIELD 35.693819
DENNIS 11.63111,748
DIGHTON 28.8136687
DOUGLAS 24.3186811
DOVER 22.7194426
DRACUT 15.22741,777
DUDLEY 26.21641,047
DUNSTABLE 12.4305139
DUXBURY 17253975
EAST BRIDGEWATER 25.31741,222
EAST BROOKFIELD 32.4114289
EASTHAM 5.3349296
EASTHAMPTON 31.31222,435
EAST LONGMEADOW 9.7331564
EASTON 15.72701,277
EDGARTOWN 13.5292700
EGREMONT 22.1199204
ERVING 35.989271
ESSEX 40.767663
EVERETT 63.4410,755
FAIRHAVEN 38.1802,800
FALL RIVER 58.6925,536
FALMOUTH 13.72883,002
FITCHBURG 47.5408,125
FLORIDA 24.518487
FOXBOROUGH 19.12241,307
FRAMINGHAM 22.31966,112
FRANKLIN 14.72791,655
FREETOWN 13.8286452
GARDNER 42.4583,775
GEORGETOWN 21.9202635
GILL 32.7111203
GLOUCESTER 53.8227,538
GOSHEN 20.5210118
GOSNOLD 45.745111
GRAFTON 22.21971,497
GRANBY 15.9264427
GRANVILLE 27.5148159
GREAT BARRINGTON 51.8251,703
GREENFIELD 48.8324,013
GROTON 13296503
GROVELAND 25178608
HADLEY 28.9134627
HALIFAX 10.2323294
HAMILTON 31.1123836
HAMPDEN 14.1282277
HANCOCK 17.824593
HANOVER 13.7288678
HANSON 18.4233657
HARDWICK 51.825676
HARVARD 18238353
HARWICH 15.42721,504
HATFIELD 35.693590
HAVERHILL 40.46810,534
HAWLEY 39.57487
HEATH 21.7204122
HINGHAM 27.71462,395
HINSDALE 29.5128321
HOLBROOK 29.41301,280
HOLDEN 13.3293876
HOLLAND 10.3322145
HOLLISTON 15.9264810
HOLYOKE 43.4537,385
HOPEDALE 39.275914
HOPKINTON 13.9284692
HUBBARDSTON 19.6219314
HUDSON 22.11991,780
HULL 43.4532,417
HUNTINGTON 3598364
IPSWICH 33.71091,937
KINGSTON 25.41731,294
LAKEVILLE 12.4305504
LANCASTER 26.9156685
LANESBOROUGH 24.2187326
LAWRENCE 44.74913,008
LEE 29133871
LEICESTER 321171,329
LENOX 28.2143802
LEOMINSTER 28.51414,844
LEVERETT 26.5162194
LEXINGTON 222012,655
LEYDEN 23.719174
LINCOLN 12.8300308
LITTLETON 15.9264537
LONGMEADOW 26.91561,532
LOWELL 48.53420,963
LUDLOW 192261,566
LUNENBURG 17.4250708
LYNN 63.3523,071
LYNNFIELD 12.2307520
MALDEN 502912,495
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA 3881862
MANSFIELD 182381,507
MARBLEHEAD 42.7573,614
MARION 18.3235406
MARLBOROUGH 21.72043,668
MARSHFIELD 15.92641,696
MASHPEE 2.7351253
MATTAPOISETT 20.5210683
MAYNARD 39.6731,707
MEDFIELD 10326422
MEDFORD 59.7714,128
MEDWAY 18.9228882
MELROSE 54.2206,182
MENDON 10326215
MERRIMAC 28.1144706
METHUEN 27.41505,119
MIDDLEBOROUGH 271532,362
MIDDLEFIELD 35.79295
MIDDLETON 15.8268427
MILFORD 31.81203,530
MILLBURY 30.81251,664
MILLIS 16263500
MILLVILLE 35.296388
MILTON 47.6384,387
MONROE 42.95636
MONSON 32.31151,154
MONTAGUE 43.1551,694
MONTEREY 24.1188198
MONTGOMERY 2021663
MOUNT WASHINGTON 44.45160
NAHANT 5224824
NANTUCKET 17.52482,014
NATICK 24.81803,475
NEEDHAM 26.81602,897
NEW ASHFORD 25.517037
NEW BEDFORD 56.51324,431
NEW BRAINTREE 1922674
NEWBURY 19.5221575
NEWBURYPORT 52.7234,317
NEW MARLBOROUGH 40.169409
NEW SALEM 28.6139123
NEWTON 54.22017,346
NORFOLK 8.2338264
NORTH ADAMS 61.364,173
NORTHAMPTON 46.5425,860
NORTH ANDOVER 16.82551,787
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH 19.92172,211
NORTHBOROUGH 11316578
NORTHBRIDGE 35.8902,049
NORTH BROOKFIELD 45.844933
NORTHFIELD 44.948652
NORTH READING 8.5337458
NORTON 9.8329627
NORWELL 10.1325360
NORWOOD 28.91343,541
OAK BLUFFS 31.11231,328
OAKHAM 18.4233128
ORANGE 36.2871,338
ORLEANS 18.6232968
OTIS 21.3207341
OXFORD 22.41951,234
PALMER 34.71021,868
PAXTON 15.2274250
PEABODY 241895,210
PELHAM 17.8245104
PEMBROKE 10.4321685
PEPPERELL 15.1276648
PERU 11.131548
PETERSHAM 46.941232
PHILLIPSTON 20.2215169
PITTSFIELD 41.2659,012
PLAINFIELD 34.6103110
PLAINVILLE 11.2314384
PLYMOUTH 17.32524,286
PLYMPTON 12.7303134
PRINCETON 21.2208279
PROVINCETOWN 50.9272,237
QUINCY 42.45818,053
RANDOLPH 12.13091,509
RAYNHAM 9.6333483
READING 29.51282,784
REHOBOTH 17253728
REVERE 37.6827,889
RICHMOND 25.2175234
ROCHESTER 10326181
ROCKLAND 31.91182,325
ROCKPORT 50.3282,054
ROWE 38.47896
ROWLEY 14.9278355
ROYALSTON 35.890193
RUSSELL 25.5170186
RUTLAND 13.7288370
SALEM 56.91110,668
SALISBURY 19.4222892
SANDISFIELD 23.9190169
SANDWICH 6.8343656
SAUGUS 32.61123,386
SAVOY 26.316388
SCITUATE 27.71462,240
SEEKONK 13296659
SHARON 13.2294855
SHEFFIELD 37.682710
SHELBURNE 55.218479
SHERBORN 18.8230275
SHIRLEY 19.6219465
SHREWSBURY 13.72881,887
SHUTESBURY 14283131
SOMERSET 18.92281,393
SOMERVILLE 69.5122,897
SOUTHAMPTON 6.1346138
SOUTHBOROUGH 12.5304424
SOUTHBRIDGE 50293,730
SOUTH HADLEY 24.61821,780
SOUTHWICK 10.6319412
SPENCER 36.9851,920
SPRINGFIELD 45.24628,433
STERLING 13.8286402
STOCKBRIDGE 42.458694
STONEHAM 26.81602,558
STOUGHTON 16.82551,816
STOW 18238446
STURBRIDGE 15.1276607
SUDBURY 9.6333560
SUNDERLAND 16.1262266
SUTTON 25178814
SWAMPSCOTT 48.4352,754
SWANSEA 20.52101,375
TAUNTON 341068,088
TEMPLETON 28.6139885
TEWKSBURY 6.6344743
TISBURY 30.1126886
TOLLAND 13.229466
TOPSFIELD 10.8318227
TOWNSEND 16.3260538
TRURO 17.4250535
TYNGSBOROUGH 11316434
TYRINGHAM 24.418576
UPTON 24.6182678
UXBRIDGE 25.81681,327
WAKEFIELD 41.4634,441
WALES 20.3213194
WALPOLE 17.92421,602
WALTHAM 38.8779,784
WARE 41.6611,994
WAREHAM 22.81932,737
WARREN 46.1431,024
WARWICK 34106115
WASHINGTON 1231036
WATERTOWN 56.2158,313
WAYLAND 19.1224982
WEBSTER 39.9703,302
WELLESLEY 39.1763,558
WELLFLEET 17.5248815
WENDELL 17.924299
WENHAM 22.2197305
WESTBOROUGH 13296938
WEST BOYLSTON 22.9192536
WEST BRIDGEWATER 28.8136753
WEST BROOKFIELD 33.6110565
WESTFIELD 27.51484,367
WESTFORD 10.2323783
WESTHAMPTON 17.6247124
WESTMINSTER 16.5257463
WEST NEWBURY 24.8180388
WESTON 21.8203788
WESTPORT 16.42581,125
WEST SPRINGFIELD 29.21313,538
WEST STOCKBRIDGE 32.6112288
WEST TISBURY 15.8268359
WESTWOOD 18.1237957
WEYMOUTH 271536,335
WHATELY 31.5121213
WHITMAN 36.2871,967
WILBRAHAM 12.2307685
WILLIAMSBURG 41.166487
WILLIAMSTOWN 35.1971,173
WILMINGTON 15.42721,145
WINCHENDON 35981,444
WINCHESTER 41.4633,313
WINDSOR 25.6169117
WINTHROP 59.684,813
WOBURN 28.71384,678
WORCESTER 49.63138,983
WORTHINGTON 27.4150158
WRENTHAM 14.2281586
YARMOUTH 63471,039