SNAPSHOT: % CHILDREN UNDER 5

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | Aug. 23, 2012
Communities with the highest percent of children who are under the age of 5 tend to be in cities in the eastern half of the state. Among those at the top are Chelsea, Lawrence, Holyoke and Lynn. Towns at the low end include Provincetown, Amherst, and Tyringham.
CommunityPercent population under 5Rank
ABINGTON5.870
ACTON5.2154
ACUSHNET4.5228
ADAMS4.6222
AGAWAM4.7208
ALFORD2.6344
AMESBURY6.147
AMHERST2.2348
ANDOVER5.1169
AQUINNAH6.430
ARLINGTON6.622
ASHBURNHAM5.1165
ASHBY4.9186
ASHFIELD3.7311
ASHLAND7.18
ATHOL5.6104
ATTLEBORO6.431
AUBURN4.9189
AVON5.1161
AYER6.624
BARNSTABLE4.6214
BARRE5.4129
BECKET4.5232
BEDFORD5.4130
BELCHERTOWN5.5116
BELLINGHAM6.432
BELMONT6.340
BERKLEY5.2155
BERLIN4.5225
BERNARDSTON3.9294
BEVERLY5.3139
BILLERICA5.5114
BLACKSTONE5.4128
BLANDFORD4.4250
BOLTON5.876
BOSTON5.2147
BOURNE4.5233
BOXBOROUGH4.2277
BOXFORD4.1288
BOYLSTON5.1170
BRAINTREE5.874
BREWSTER3.5321
BRIDGEWATER4.2276
BRIMFIELD4.4254
BROCKTON7.37
BROOKFIELD5.2151
BROOKLINE5.5119
BUCKLAND4.2280
BURLINGTON5.791
CAMBRIDGE4.3258
CANTON5.6100
CARLISLE4.1289
CARVER5.1164
CHARLEMONT4.1285
CHARLTON5.2160
CHATHAM2.7342
CHELMSFORD5.2150
CHELSEA8.71
CHESHIRE4.2267
CHESTER4.6211
CHESTERFIELD3.3329
CHICOPEE5.698
CHILMARK4.2279
CLARKSBURG4.5238
CLINTON6.433
COHASSET6.055
COLRAIN3.8304
CONCORD4.2269
CONWAY5.0182
CUMMINGTON3.7312
DALTON4.2270
DANVERS5.0178
DARTMOUTH3.4327
DEDHAM5.4133
DEERFIELD4.4252
DENNIS3.6316
DIGHTON5.4124
DOUGLAS6.341
DOVER4.7207
DRACUT5.792
DUDLEY4.8196
DUNSTABLE4.0292
DUXBURY4.7205
EAST BRIDGEWATER5.5110
EAST BROOKFIELD4.9187
EASTHAM2.8341
EASTHAMPTON4.8193
EAST LONGMEADOW4.6212
EASTON4.7202
EDGARTOWN5.6102
EGREMONT2.9338
ERVING5.1173
ESSEX5.3138
EVERETT6.912
FAIRHAVEN4.4248
FALL RIVER6.528
FALMOUTH4.1286
FITCHBURG6.715
FLORIDA6.058
FOXBOROUGH5.3137
FRAMINGHAM6.719
FRANKLIN6.149
FREETOWN4.4243
GARDNER6.056
GEORGETOWN5.965
GILL3.5326
GLOUCESTER4.5237
GOSHEN5.699
GOSNOLD6.718
GRAFTON6.813
GRANBY4.0291
GRANVILLE4.3255
GREAT BARRINGTON3.7310
GREENFIELD5.884
GROTON4.9192
GROVELAND4.8195
HADLEY3.6318
HALIFAX5.0180
HAMILTON6.337
HAMPDEN3.7308
HANCOCK4.9190
HANOVER5.5113
HANSON5.2152
HARDWICK5.696
HARVARD3.1330
HARWICH3.9299
HATFIELD3.7313
HAVERHILL7.010
HAWLEY3.9298
HEATH3.5319
HINGHAM6.434
HINSDALE3.5323
HOLBROOK5.966
HOLDEN5.788
HOLLAND4.3261
HOLLISTON5.6106
HOLYOKE7.73
HOPEDALE5.5117
HOPKINTON6.054
HUBBARDSTON4.8197
HUDSON6.152
HULL4.1283
HUNTINGTON5.0183
IPSWICH4.4240
KINGSTON5.5115
LAKEVILLE5.1163
LANCASTER4.3260
LANESBOROUGH4.4253
LAWRENCE8.42
LEE4.5226
LEICESTER4.8199
LENOX3.7309
LEOMINSTER5.963
LEVERETT3.5322
LEXINGTON4.6221
LEYDEN3.0336
LINCOLN6.059
LITTLETON5.879
LONGMEADOW4.7209
LOWELL7.35
LUDLOW4.2281
LUNENBURG4.8194
LYNN7.44
LYNNFIELD4.5234
MALDEN6.336
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA4.2266
MANSFIELD5.880
MARBLEHEAD5.2156
MARION4.2272
MARLBOROUGH6.620
MARSHFIELD5.5109
MASHPEE4.6219
MATTAPOISETT3.7306
MAYNARD7.19
MEDFIELD5.0176
MEDFORD5.2153
MEDWAY5.4121
MELROSE5.964
MENDON5.1174
MERRIMAC3.5324
METHUEN6.153
MIDDLEBOROUGH5.785
MIDDLEFIELD3.6315
MIDDLETON3.8303
MILFORD6.814
MILLBURY5.3140
MILLIS5.961
MILLVILLE5.2149
MILTON5.786
MONROE4.1282
MONSON4.3257
MONTAGUE5.3144
MONTEREY4.2278
MONTGOMERY4.7210
MOUNT WASHINGTON2.4347
NAHANT3.5320
NANTUCKET6.716
NATICK6.717
NEEDHAM6.527
NEW ASHFORD3.1333
NEW BEDFORD6.911
NEW BRAINTREE4.4244
NEWBURY4.4245
NEWBURYPORT5.4131
NEW MARLBOROUGH4.1284
NEW SALEM3.3328
NEWTON5.3141
NORFOLK4.7204
NORTH ADAMS5.5118
NORTHAMPTON3.8300
NORTH ANDOVER5.871
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH6.342
NORTHBOROUGH4.9185
NORTHBRIDGE6.623
NORTH BROOKFIELD5.881
NORTHFIELD4.1287
NORTH READING5.1167
NORTON5.2158
NORWELL5.5108
NORWOOD6.148
OAK BLUFFS5.873
OAKHAM3.8301
ORANGE5.4123
ORLEANS2.6343
OTIS4.2273
OXFORD5.872
PALMER4.7201
PAXTON5.0181
PEABODY4.9191
PELHAM3.8302
PEMBROKE5.878
PEPPERELL5.2157
PERU3.1334
PETERSHAM4.6215
PHILLIPSTON4.5227
PITTSFIELD5.789
PLAINFIELD4.9184
PLAINVILLE5.5112
PLYMOUTH5.694
PLYMPTON4.4241
PRINCETON3.9297
PROVINCETOWN1.9350
QUINCY5.4127
RANDOLPH5.883
RAYNHAM5.6101
READING6.343
REHOBOTH4.8198
REVERE6.246
RICHMOND2.2349
ROCHESTER4.5230
ROCKLAND6.335
ROCKPORT3.8305
ROWE4.3256
ROWLEY5.6105
ROYALSTON4.6218
RUSSELL5.877
RUTLAND6.339
SALEM5.6103
SALISBURY4.4242
SANDISFIELD4.3263
SANDWICH4.5224
SAUGUS4.5236
SAVOY3.5325
SCITUATE5.3143
SEEKONK4.2268
SHARON4.7203
SHEFFIELD3.7314
SHELBURNE4.0293
SHERBORN4.3259
SHIRLEY4.5231
SHREWSBURY5.882
SHUTESBURY4.6213
SOMERSET4.4246
SOMERVILLE4.6216
SOUTHAMPTON4.2265
SOUTHBOROUGH5.3145
SOUTHBRIDGE6.151
SOUTH HADLEY3.9295
SOUTHWICK4.4247
SPENCER5.3136
SPRINGFIELD7.36
STERLING5.2159
STOCKBRIDGE2.9340
STONEHAM5.0175
STOUGHTON5.4125
STOW6.344
STURBRIDGE6.621
SUDBURY5.793
SUNDERLAND3.7307
SUTTON4.9188
SWAMPSCOTT5.4122
SWANSEA4.4251
TAUNTON6.338
TEMPLETON5.6107
TEWKSBURY5.1166
TISBURY5.0177
TOLLAND5.4132
TOPSFIELD4.5239
TOWNSEND5.0179
TRURO2.9337
TYNGSBOROUGH5.1162
TYRINGHAM1.8351
UPTON5.4126
UXBRIDGE5.969
WAKEFIELD5.695
WALES5.875
WALPOLE5.5111
WALTHAM5.3146
WARE6.245
WAREHAM5.4134
WARREN5.790
WARWICK4.2271
WASHINGTON3.9296
WATERTOWN5.787
WAYLAND5.1168
WEBSTER6.150
WELLESLEY5.697
WELLFLEET3.0335
WENDELL4.6220
WENHAM2.9339
WESTBOROUGH6.057
WEST BOYLSTON3.6317
WEST BRIDGEWATER4.6217
WEST BROOKFIELD4.2275
WESTFIELD5.3135
WESTFORD5.1171
WESTHAMPTON4.5223
WESTMINSTER4.4249
WEST NEWBURY4.8200
WESTON4.5235
WESTPORT4.3264
WEST SPRINGFIELD5.967
WEST STOCKBRIDGE2.5346
WEST TISBURY4.7206
WESTWOOD5.3142
WEYMOUTH5.968
WHATELY4.2274
WHITMAN6.526
WILBRAHAM4.0290
WILLIAMSBURG4.5229
WILLIAMSTOWN3.1331
WILMINGTON6.060
WINCHENDON5.4120
WINCHESTER6.529
WINDSOR2.6345
WINTHROP5.1172
WOBURN5.962
WORCESTER6.625
WORTHINGTON3.1332
WRENTHAM5.2148
YARMOUTH4.3262
SOURCE: UMass Donahue Institute