SNAPSHOT: COMMUNITY BUDGET PER PERSON, 2012

By Matt Carroll, Boston Globe | June 21, 2012
Take the town budget and divide by the number of residents, and you get this chart. See where your town ranks. Summer communities -- with high warm weather populations but low permanent populations -- dominate the list. Wealthy communities, such as Weston, Lexington, and Cohasset are also ranked high. The data is from fiscal 2012. The chart looks at town budgets divided by residents. Towns ranked at the top tend to be summer communities, whose seasonal populations swell during the warm months, but which basically
CommunityBudget per person, 2012RankTotal budget, 2012
ABINGTON$2,936 216$46,934,186
ACTON$3,899 75$85,484,020
ACUSHNET$2,689 265$27,701,330
ADAMS$1,539 349$13,056,942
AGAWAM$2,954 212$84,000,551
ALFORD$2,873 226$1,419,388
AMESBURY$3,501 120$57,004,211
AMHERST$1,988 331$75,179,228
ANDOVER$4,350 50$144,409,829
AQUINNAH$12,006 2$3,733,738
ARLINGTON$3,163 176$135,505,943
ASHBURNHAM$2,472 284$15,029,838
ASHBY$1,971 334$6,058,980
ASHFIELD$2,309 304$4,009,914
ASHLAND$3,478 124$57,718,026
ATHOL$1,646 347$19,062,878
ATTLEBORO$2,845 235$124,042,889
AUBURN$3,127 178$50,612,494
AVON$5,020 31$21,865,180
AYER$3,597 108$26,712,735
BARNSTABLE$3,820 83$172,626,876
BARRE$1,852 339$9,995,948
BECKET$3,429 128$6,099,618
BEDFORD$5,799 21$77,236,238
BELCHERTOWN$3,097 184$45,363,743
BELLINGHAM$3,270 156$53,403,122
BELMONT$4,042 63$99,962,703
BERKLEY$2,735 256$17,534,907
BERLIN$3,818 85$10,941,017
BERNARDSTON$2,044 326$4,352,401
BEVERLY$2,969 209$117,267,968
BILLERICA$3,496 122$140,697,267
BLACKSTONE$2,326 302$20,993,783
BLANDFORD$2,842 237$3,504,540
BOLTON$4,006 64$19,618,800
BOSTON$3,947 71$2,147,483,647
BOURNE$3,266 157$64,518,741
BOXBOROUGH$4,148 59$20,724,915
BOXFORD$3,538 115$28,179,874
BOYLSTON$2,991 205$13,025,700
BRAINTREE$3,310 152$118,326,331
BREWSTER$4,128 60$40,537,968
BRIDGEWATER$1,971 333$52,364,336
BRIMFIELD$2,331 299$8,413,583
BROCKTON$3,732 95$350,118,273
BROOKFIELD$2,355 297$7,982,967
BROOKLINE$3,963 69$232,739,180
BUCKLAND$2,198 313$4,181,198
BURLINGTON$4,727 41$115,792,243
CAMBRIDGE$4,903 33$515,644,508
CANTON$3,940 72$84,957,444
CARLISLE$5,095 29$24,722,156
CARVER$3,008 202$34,620,095
CHARLEMONT$2,564 277$3,245,473
CHARLTON$1,943 335$25,221,554
CHATHAM$6,707 12$41,078,959
CHELMSFORD$3,395 135$114,768,879
CHELSEA$3,744 92$131,720,136
CHESHIRE$1,528 350$4,943,037
CHESTER$2,243 308$2,998,605
CHESTERFIELD$2,722 259$3,326,554
CHICOPEE$3,075 187$170,051,191
CHILMARK$9,913 6$8,584,995
CLARKSBURG$2,379 294$4,049,671
CLINTON$2,847 234$38,742,672
COHASSET$5,882 18$44,363,124
COLRAIN$2,128 318$3,555,165
CONCORD$4,746 39$83,856,408
CONWAY$2,881 223$5,466,108
CUMMINGTON$2,390 293$2,084,228
DALTON$2,148 316$14,509,060
DANVERS$3,725 96$98,677,030
DARTMOUTH$2,479 282$84,369,799
DEDHAM$3,963 68$98,002,126
DEERFIELD$2,658 268$13,621,991
DENNIS$3,566 111$50,657,911
DIGHTON$2,334 298$16,538,148
DOUGLAS$3,171 175$26,864,423
DOVER$5,578 23$31,176,914
DRACUT$2,599 274$76,553,880
DUDLEY$1,388 351$15,805,448
DUNSTABLE$2,545 279$8,089,467
DUXBURY$4,433 46$66,755,276
EAST BRIDGEWATER$3,221 165$44,424,397
EAST BROOKFIELD$1,987 332$4,337,708
EASTHAM$4,680 42$23,193,944
EASTHAMPTON$2,371 295$38,068,095
EAST LONGMEADOW$3,515 119$55,253,518
EASTON$3,051 192$70,514,890
EDGARTOWN$8,103 8$32,954,537
EGREMONT$3,372 143$4,130,628
ERVING$5,626 22$10,126,106
ESSEX$4,343 51$15,216,996
EVERETT$3,749 89$156,207,076
FAIRHAVEN$3,095 185$49,119,106
FALL RIVER$2,830 240$251,507,699
FALMOUTH$3,819 84$120,427,988
FITCHBURG$2,951 213$118,994,648
FLORIDA$4,052 62$3,046,844
FOXBOROUGH$3,748 91$63,205,053
FRAMINGHAM$3,705 98$253,095,954
FRANKLIN$3,403 134$107,668,120
FREETOWN$2,358 296$20,915,904
GARDNER$2,898 220$58,612,975
GEORGETOWN$3,323 149$27,188,579
GILL$1,931 336$2,896,300
GLOUCESTER$3,624 104$104,345,683
GOSHEN$2,680 267$2,825,079
GOSNOLD$18,464 1$1,384,779
GRAFTON$2,765 250$49,112,388
GRANBY$3,179 173$19,838,066
GRANVILLE$2,965 210$4,643,529
GREAT BARRINGTON$3,385 138$24,045,234
GREENFIELD$3,065 188$53,500,721
GROTON$3,055 191$32,518,409
GROVELAND$2,219 311$14,334,420
HADLEY$3,121 181$16,384,319
HALIFAX$2,698 264$20,286,023
HAMILTON$3,454 126$26,815,296
HAMPDEN$2,216 312$11,386,513
HANCOCK$2,472 285$1,772,128
HANOVER$3,961 70$54,974,075
HANSON$2,026 328$20,683,177
HARDWICK$1,673 346$5,002,678
HARVARD$3,619 106$23,598,073
HARWICH$4,827 35$59,092,290
HATFIELD$3,047 193$9,991,883
HAVERHILL$2,843 236$173,072,067
HAWLEY$3,123 180$1,052,402
HEATH$2,864 229$2,022,071
HINGHAM$3,998 65$88,586,788
HINSDALE$2,330 300$4,734,450
HOLBROOK$3,196 168$34,487,937
HOLDEN$2,729 258$47,340,088
HOLLAND$2,580 275$6,401,683
HOLLISTON$4,170 58$56,487,308
HOLYOKE$3,642 101$145,254,482
HOPEDALE$3,837 81$22,682,840
HOPKINTON$4,434 45$66,179,397
HUBBARDSTON$1,797 341$7,876,634
HUDSON$3,534 116$67,373,845
HULL$3,606 107$37,113,652
HUNTINGTON$2,001 329$4,362,622
IPSWICH$3,480 123$45,852,452
KINGSTON$3,630 103$45,842,716
LAKEVILLE$2,043 327$21,663,282
LANCASTER$2,158 315$17,385,985
LANESBOROUGH$3,263 159$10,087,108
LAWRENCE$3,377 141$257,945,456
LEE$3,749 90$22,279,710
LEICESTER$2,429 289$26,643,152
LENOX$4,790 36$24,072,152
LEOMINSTER$3,045 195$124,111,551
LEVERETT$3,424 129$6,337,113
LEXINGTON$5,986 16$187,909,591
LEYDEN$2,304 305$1,638,128
LINCOLN$5,443 24$34,627,199
LITTLETON$4,334 53$38,674,675
LONGMEADOW$3,701 99$58,417,245
LOWELL$3,015 198$321,111,145
LUDLOW$2,763 251$58,299,022
LUNENBURG$2,938 214$29,631,259
LYNN$2,885 222$260,556,425
LYNNFIELD$3,740 93$43,364,145
MALDEN$2,852 232$169,542,572
MANCHESTER$5,153 26$26,466,302
MANSFIELD$3,678 100$85,265,692
MARBLEHEAD$3,875 76$76,752,907
MARION$4,840 34$23,748,149
MARLBOROUGH$3,444 127$132,607,452
MARSHFIELD$3,368 144$84,643,595
MASHPEE$3,861 77$54,080,834
MATTAPOISETT$4,342 52$26,245,159
MAYNARD$3,768 88$38,080,587
MEDFIELD$4,378 49$52,636,740
MEDFORD$2,623 272$147,344,257
MEDWAY$3,820 82$48,715,155
MELROSE$3,026 196$81,657,423
MENDON$2,576 276$15,039,554
MERRIMAC$2,436 288$15,440,050
METHUEN$2,866 228$135,428,563
MIDDLEBOROUGH$2,975 207$68,771,253
MIDDLEFIELD$2,641 270$1,375,785
MIDDLETON$3,010 200$27,051,043
MILFORD$3,004 203$84,107,985
MILLBURY$2,781 246$36,874,889
MILLIS$3,407 132$26,886,192
MILLVILLE$1,603 348$5,113,633
MILTON$3,392 137$91,600,313
MONROE$6,045 15$731,385
MONSON$2,964 211$25,374,127
MONTAGUE$2,272 307$19,171,784
MONTEREY$3,580 110$3,439,930
MONTGOMERY$2,320 303$1,944,577
MOUNT WASHINGTON$7,135 10$1,191,620
NAHANT$3,554 112$12,117,778
NANTUCKET$10,640 4$108,229,933
NATICK$3,970 67$131,040,458
NEEDHAM$4,733 40$136,707,000
NEW ASHFORD$3,065 189$698,763
NEW BEDFORD$3,120 182$296,641,777
NEW BRAINTREE$2,107 321$2,104,727
NEWBURY$2,701 263$18,004,073
NEWBURYPORT$3,802 87$66,223,196
NEW MARLBOROUGH$3,013 199$4,546,424
NEW SALEM$2,606 273$2,579,859
NEWTON$4,247 55$361,603,797
NORFOLK$3,064 190$34,396,409
NORTH ADAMS$2,925 218$40,093,739
NORTHAMPTON$3,341 148$95,370,226
NORTH ANDOVER$3,192 169$90,488,873
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH$3,025 197$86,862,293
NORTHBOROUGH$3,713 97$52,558,749
NORTHBRIDGE$2,856 230$44,851,830
NORTH BROOKFIELD$2,989 206$13,990,635
NORTHFIELD$2,470 286$7,488,299
NORTH READING$3,848 79$57,300,687
NORTON$2,796 244$53,203,055
NORWELL$4,386 48$46,081,358
NORWOOD$5,399 25$154,414,440
OAK BLUFFS$6,073 14$27,494,628
OAKHAM$1,710 343$3,252,690
ORANGE$2,474 283$19,394,092
ORLEANS$5,054 30$29,768,954
OTIS$3,189 171$5,139,956
OXFORD$2,878 225$39,450,585
PALMER$2,640 271$32,047,765
PAXTON$2,425 290$11,653,864
PEABODY$2,937 215$150,520,557
PELHAM$3,940 73$5,204,210
PEMBROKE$3,186 172$56,827,292
PEPPERELL$2,114 320$24,300,042
PERU$2,300 306$1,948,004
PETERSHAM$3,124 179$3,855,166
PHILLIPSTON$2,097 323$3,527,089
PITTSFIELD$3,046 194$136,285,260
PLAINFIELD$2,485 281$1,610,028
PLAINVILLE$3,247 161$26,831,516
PLYMOUTH$3,290 155$185,753,002
PLYMPTON$2,895 221$8,164,178
PRINCETON$2,713 262$9,258,419
PROVINCETOWN$10,244 5$30,136,690
QUINCY$3,191 170$294,437,893
RANDOLPH$2,750 254$88,304,632
RAYNHAM$2,771 248$37,088,953
READING$3,587 109$88,769,086
REHOBOTH$1,873 337$21,737,489
REVERE$2,841 238$147,037,351
RICHMOND$3,914 74$5,773,474
ROCHESTER$3,466 125$18,135,736
ROCKLAND$2,898 219$50,684,439
ROCKPORT$4,240 56$29,478,496
ROWE$10,807 3$4,247,215
ROWLEY$2,682 266$15,703,641
ROYALSTON$1,690 344$2,125,735
RUSSELL$2,792 245$4,955,906
RUTLAND$2,221 310$17,705,321
SALEM$3,228 163$133,463,816
SALISBURY$2,869 227$23,762,122
SANDISFIELD$3,394 136$3,105,778
SANDWICH$3,382 140$69,914,188
SAUGUS$2,969 208$79,049,827
SAVOY$2,992 204$2,070,304
SCITUATE$3,981 66$72,181,467
SEEKONK$3,346 146$45,915,599
SHARON$4,084 61$71,927,849
SHEFFIELD$2,850 233$9,282,680
SHELBURNE$2,099 322$3,972,955
SHERBORN$5,871 19$24,181,857
SHIRLEY$1,849 340$13,334,183
SHREWSBURY$2,931 217$104,377,204
SHUTESBURY$3,358 145$5,947,316
SOMERSET$3,420 130$62,120,410
SOMERVILLE$2,838 239$215,010,417
SOUTHAMPTON$2,813 242$16,292,440
SOUTHBOROUGH$4,781 37$46,692,402
SOUTHBRIDGE$3,198 167$53,471,097
SOUTH HADLEY$2,439 287$42,711,520
SOUTHWICK$2,237 309$21,256,843
SPENCER$1,682 345$19,655,535
SPRINGFIELD$3,840 80$587,699,525
STERLING$2,762 252$21,568,114
STOCKBRIDGE$4,651 43$9,055,339
STONEHAM$3,118 183$66,836,319
STOUGHTON$3,314 151$89,361,980
STOW$3,621 105$23,864,503
STURBRIDGE$3,384 139$31,361,970
SUDBURY$4,765 38$84,143,828
SUNDERLAND$2,045 325$7,535,195
SUTTON$3,156 177$28,289,453
SWAMPSCOTT$4,221 57$58,201,105
SWANSEA$2,329 301$36,946,873
TAUNTON$3,225 164$180,166,148
TEMPLETON$1,859 338$14,892,497
TEWKSBURY$3,499 121$101,340,016
TISBURY$6,575 13$25,965,953
TOLLAND$2,797 243$1,356,576
TOPSFIELD$3,855 78$23,457,518
TOWNSEND$2,073 324$18,500,591
TRURO$8,554 7$17,133,154
TYNGSBOROUGH$3,178 174$35,883,474
TYRINGHAM$4,273 54$1,397,349
UPTON$2,739 255$20,658,129
UXBRIDGE$3,080 186$41,452,372
WAKEFIELD$3,245 162$80,895,683
WALES$2,167 314$3,982,106
WALPOLE$3,344 147$80,495,651
WALTHAM$3,642 102$220,823,508
WARE$2,826 241$27,898,516
WAREHAM$2,778 247$60,624,438
WARREN$1,715 342$8,806,623
WARWICK$2,557 278$1,994,548
WASHINGTON$2,536 280$1,364,216
WATERTOWN$3,539 114$112,953,942
WAYLAND$5,814 20$75,546,931
WEBSTER$2,401 292$40,257,044
WELLESLEY$5,126 28$143,434,060
WELLFLEET$6,847 11$18,829,476
WENDELL$3,205 166$2,717,734
WENHAM$3,264 158$15,910,791
WESTBOROUGH$5,127 27$93,689,488
WEST BOYLSTON$3,374 142$25,875,250
WEST BRIDGEWATER$3,816 86$26,392,505
WEST BROOKFIELD$1,997 330$7,390,915
WESTFIELD$3,252 160$133,624,847
WESTFORD$4,428 47$97,191,299
WESTHAMPTON$2,879 224$4,626,350
WESTMINSTER$3,009 201$21,895,256
WEST NEWBURY$3,406 133$14,424,229
WESTON$7,697 9$86,677,292
WESTPORT$2,127 319$33,032,644
WEST SPRINGFIELD$3,409 131$96,793,375
WEST STOCKBRIDGE$3,734 94$4,876,571
WEST TISBURY$5,904 17$16,177,225
WESTWOOD$4,946 32$72,296,696
WEYMOUTH$2,852 231$153,301,759
WHATELY$3,542 113$5,298,583
WHITMAN$2,143 317$31,056,113
WILBRAHAM$2,720 261$38,673,593
WILLIAMSBURG$2,731 257$6,778,370
WILLIAMSTOWN$2,770 249$21,475,358
WILMINGTON$3,525 117$78,686,531
WINCHENDON$2,753 253$28,359,222
WINCHESTER$4,486 44$95,889,752
WINDSOR$2,408 291$2,164,412
WINTHROP$2,642 269$46,218,345
WOBURN$3,520 118$134,177,972
WORCESTER$3,295 154$596,606,133
WORTHINGTON$2,722 260$3,146,172
WRENTHAM$3,318 150$36,345,276
YARMOUTH$3,301 153$78,546,624
SOURCE: Department of Revenue