snapshot: firefighting costs, 2011

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | Oct. 4, 2012
Firefighting costs per resident vary widely across the state. Small rural towns in the west often have lower costs -- Adams, Clarksburg and Chesire are the lowest. Communities on Cape Cod and around Boston have higher costs. Chatham, Wellfleet and Boston are among those near the top. The data, from the Department of Revenue, is for fiscal 2011.
CommunityCost per residentRankTotal cost
ABINGTON$118 146$1,878,436
ACTON$119 144$2,617,858
ACUSHNET$37 265$383,052
ADAMS$1 333$11,947
AGAWAM$121 136$3,435,381
ALFORD$45 245$22,080
AMESBURY$163 74$2,657,860
AMHERST$103 165$3,899,151
ANDOVER$208 27$6,898,290
AQUINNAH$96 172$29,746
ARLINGTON$130 121$5,583,064
ASHBURNHAM$78 192$477,026
ASHBYnana
ASHFIELD$23 308$39,423
ASHLAND$121 136$2,002,229
ATHOL$141 103$1,629,731
ATTLEBORO$131 119$5,713,560
AUBURN$136 112$2,197,504
AVON$255 10$1,110,108
AYER$177 50$1,318,027
BARNSTABLEnana
BARRE$25 296$137,278
BECKET$24 304$41,887
BEDFORD$168 66$2,233,585
BELCHERTOWN$25 296$365,992
BELLINGHAM$98 168$1,605,574
BELMONT$172 58$4,253,989
BERKLEY$20 314$127,055
BERLIN$58 222$166,868
BERNARDSTON$33 271$70,176
BEVERLY$135 115$5,319,058
BILLERICA$158 82$6,360,940
BLACKSTONE$71 201$643,794
BLANDFORD$21 312$25,428
BOLTON$28 286$137,989
BOSTON$366 4$226,321,881
BOURNE$156 85$3,088,080
BOXBOROUGH$166 70$831,279
BOXFORD$59 220$470,158
BOYLSTON$64 212$280,532
BRAINTREE$197 33$7,029,005
BREWSTER$177 50$1,736,028
BRIDGEWATER$121 136$3,210,461
BRIMFIELD$30 276$108,976
BROCKTON$200 31$18,736,857
BROOKFIELD$16 324$52,635
BROOKLINE$213 23$12,525,766
BUCKLANDnana
BURLINGTON$242 13$5,927,918
CAMBRIDGE$229 15$24,071,400
CANTON$191 38$4,117,480
CARLISLE$54 228$260,275
CARVER$37 265$426,306
CHARLEMONT$39 259$49,488
CHARLTON$106 162$1,379,475
CHATHAM$428 1$2,620,128
CHELMSFORD$118 146$3,976,073
CHELSEA$213 23$7,478,439
CHESHIRE$10 330$32,091
CHESTER$29 280$38,927
CHESTERFIELD$14 326$17,548
CHICOPEE$168 66$9,279,696
CHILMARK$138 106$119,571
CLARKSBURG$9 332$15,650
CLINTON$114 151$1,549,644
COHASSET$293 6$2,212,579
COLRAIN$25 296$42,016
CONCORD$192 37$3,400,846
CONWAY$28 286$53,933
CUMMINGTON$17 323$15,163
DALTONnana
DANVERS$155 87$4,100,690
DARTMOUTHnana
DEDHAM$186 40$4,606,463
DEERFIELDnana
DENNIS$279 7$3,964,706
DIGHTON$89 181$627,247
DOUGLAS$28 286$236,481
DOVER$71 201$399,099
DRACUT$94 175$2,759,480
DUDLEY$44 247$501,582
DUNSTABLE$20 314$63,232
DUXBURY$157 83$2,367,292
EAST BRIDGEWATER$137 110$1,887,626
EAST BROOKFIELD$61 218$133,690
EASTHAM$336 5$1,664,612
EASTHAMPTON$121 136$1,938,281
EAST LONGMEADOW$43 250$670,930
EASTON$125 130$2,893,548
EDGARTOWN$71 201$290,031
EGREMONT$72 200$88,548
ERVING$57 223$102,103
ESSEX$73 198$257,014
EVERETT$186 40$7,736,763
FAIRHAVEN$118 146$1,873,509
FALL RIVER$117 149$10,413,660
FALMOUTH$183 42$5,774,820
FITCHBURG$130 121$5,256,155
FLORIDA$66 210$49,641
FOXBOROUGH$161 76$2,711,002
FRAMINGHAM$179 49$12,213,860
FRANKLIN$136 112$4,291,451
FREETOWN$95 173$843,029
GARDNER$105 163$2,131,452
GEORGETOWN$49 235$400,487
GILL$49 235$73,163
GLOUCESTER$181 47$5,222,199
GOSHEN$65 211$68,401
GOSNOLDnana
GRAFTON$25 296$442,646
GRANBY$26 292$164,856
GRANVILLE$19 318$30,002
GREAT BARRINGTON$49 235$345,501
GREENFIELD$94 175$1,633,408
GROTON$71 201$754,074
GROVELANDnana
HADLEY$39 259$204,985
HALIFAX$104 164$779,046
HAMILTON$64 212$498,394
HAMPDEN$13 328$67,774
HANCOCK$73 198$52,274
HANOVER$167 69$2,324,126
HANSON$136 112$1,383,536
HARDWICK$28 286$82,999
HARVARD$45 245$292,252
HARWICH$260 8$3,181,993
HATFIELD$29 280$94,060
HAVERHILL$130 121$7,936,340
HAWLEY$42 253$14,300
HEATH$32 273$22,868
HINGHAM$194 36$4,295,958
HINSDALE$25 296$50,781
HOLBROOK$189 39$2,043,883
HOLDEN$63 215$1,100,775
HOLLAND$26 292$64,439
HOLLISTON$43 250$586,348
HOLYOKE$226 18$9,019,790
HOPEDALE$71 201$421,911
HOPKINTON$127 128$1,890,424
HUBBARDSTON$51 233$223,669
HUDSON$140 104$2,672,951
HULL$260 8$2,672,019
HUNTINGTON$25 296$53,904
IPSWICH$110 157$1,452,042
KINGSTON$157 83$1,986,886
LAKEVILLE$82 188$866,398
LANCASTER$33 271$265,009
LANESBOROUGH$25 296$76,150
LAWRENCE$120 142$9,193,460
LEE$19 318$113,331
LEICESTER$19 318$204,908
LENOX$52 231$262,136
LEOMINSTER$165 72$6,707,336
LEVERETT$48 239$88,943
LEXINGTON$177 50$5,556,277
LEYDEN$34 269$23,909
LINCOLN$206 28$1,308,443
LITTLETON$54 228$477,673
LONGMEADOW$114 151$1,804,954
LOWELL$138 106$14,705,164
LUDLOW$90 179$1,908,860
LUNENBURG$68 209$682,830
LYNN$171 59$15,478,258
LYNNFIELD$98 168$1,136,048
MALDEN$137 110$8,118,800
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA$200 31$1,026,021
MANSFIELD$124 132$2,880,171
MARBLEHEAD$147 94$2,904,370
MARION$87 183$427,832
MARLBOROUGH$171 59$6,575,612
MARSHFIELD$166 70$4,164,801
MASHPEE$218 21$3,048,887
MATTAPOISETT$56 227$337,832
MAYNARD$161 76$1,625,332
MEDFIELD$75 195$901,122
MEDFORD$170 61$9,553,265
MEDWAY$30 276$384,612
MELROSE$133 117$3,576,380
MENDON$107 161$624,502
MERRIMAC$57 223$363,264
METHUEN$142 101$6,706,516
MIDDLEBOROUGH$111 155$2,573,058
MIDDLEFIELD$10 330$5,030
MIDDLETON$161 76$1,444,053
MILFORD$114 151$3,199,932
MILLBURY$39 259$515,863
MILLIS$98 168$771,121
MILLVILLE$76 194$242,690
MILTON$168 66$4,545,210
MONROE$95 173$11,471
MONSON$22 310$184,582
MONTAGUEnana
MONTEREY$121 136$116,522
MONTGOMERY$14 326$11,833
MOUNT WASHINGTON$57 223$9,534
NAHANT$218 21$743,228
NANTUCKET$244 12$2,479,959
NATICK$228 16$7,520,523
NEEDHAM$205 29$5,912,877
NEW ASHFORD$84 186$19,066
NEW BEDFORD$139 105$13,228,596
NEW BRAINTREE$44 247$43,576
NEWBURY$75 195$500,866
NEWBURYPORT$180 48$3,141,454
NEW MARLBOROUGH$63 215$94,811
NEW SALEM$70 206$68,992
NEWTON$161 76$13,706,666
NORFOLK$109 159$1,224,029
NORTH ADAMS$101 167$1,381,193
NORTHAMPTON$126 129$3,585,134
NORTH ANDOVER$148 92$4,183,963
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH$114 151$3,278,159
NORTHBOROUGH$86 184$1,219,417
NORTHBRIDGE$46 241$723,888
NORTH BROOKFIELD$15 325$72,414
NORTHFIELD$27 290$83,193
NORTH READING$154 88$2,291,370
NORTON$156 85$2,975,170
NORWELL$183 42$1,919,648
NORWOOD$205 29$5,856,266
OAK BLUFFS$42 253$188,777
OAKHAM$46 241$86,734
ORANGE$121 136$946,662
ORLEANS$375 3$2,210,016
OTISnana
OXFORDnana
PALMERnana
PAXTON$46 241$218,838
PEABODY$143 98$7,310,822
PELHAM$59 220$77,500
PEMBROKE$134 116$2,385,709
PEPPERELL$19 318$223,566
PERU$38 262$31,867
PETERSHAM$46 241$56,333
PHILLIPSTON$69 208$116,371
PITTSFIELD$131 119$5,848,537
PLAINFIELD$24 304$15,871
PLAINVILLE$161 76$1,326,776
PLYMOUTH$145 95$8,204,592
PLYMPTON$51 233$144,611
PRINCETON$53 230$182,131
PROVINCETOWN$170 61$499,882
QUINCY$195 35$18,031,320
RANDOLPH$133 117$4,261,870
RAYNHAM$143 98$1,919,864
READING$150 90$3,720,695
REHOBOTH$29 280$338,623
REVERE$149 91$7,724,760
RICHMOND$42 253$61,535
ROCHESTER$30 276$154,497
ROCKLAND$144 97$2,524,401
ROCKPORT$40 257$280,299
ROWE$120 142$47,135
ROWLEY$70 206$411,916
ROYALSTON$42 253$52,864
RUSSELL$52 231$92,964
RUTLAND$20 314$160,234
SALEM$170 61$7,017,443
SALISBURY$125 130$1,037,691
SANDISFIELD$64 212$58,418
SANDWICH$182 46$3,762,934
SAUGUS$138 106$3,664,264
SAVOY$20 314$13,795
SCITUATE$219 20$3,973,934
SEEKONK$128 126$1,762,917
SHARON$143 98$2,511,557
SHEFFIELD$23 308$76,398
SHELBURNEnana
SHERBORN$94 175$386,983
SHIRLEY$32 273$230,497
SHREWSBURY$79 190$2,816,979
SHUTESBURY$48 239$85,761
SOMERSET$90 179$1,635,985
SOMERVILLE$169 65$12,835,385
SOUTHAMPTON$29 280$169,040
SOUTHBOROUGH$175 54$1,704,896
SOUTHBRIDGE$119 144$1,990,211
SOUTH HADLEYnana
SOUTHWICK$31 275$290,993
SPENCER$29 280$341,959
SPRINGFIELD$123 133$18,753,964
STERLING$57 223$445,344
STOCKBRIDGE$29 280$57,395
STONEHAM$110 157$2,363,508
STOUGHTON$129 124$3,487,908
STOW$80 189$525,058
STURBRIDGE$88 182$813,119
SUDBURY$170 61$3,003,025
SUNDERLAND$21 312$77,262
SUTTON$38 262$344,011
SWAMPSCOTT$210 26$2,890,790
SWANSEA$35 268$551,902
TAUNTON$183 42$10,197,510
TEMPLETON$34 269$273,958
TEWKSBURY$145 95$4,201,133
TISBURY$44 247$174,240
TOLLAND$43 250$20,643
TOPSFIELD$98 168$597,024
TOWNSEND$85 185$762,928
TRURO$138 106$276,588
TYNGSBOROUGH$49 235$554,367
TYRINGHAM$83 187$27,130
UPTON$74 197$557,777
UXBRIDGE$37 265$499,300
WAKEFIELDnana
WALES$11 329$21,009
WALPOLE$129 124$3,095,336
WALTHAM$213 23$12,906,348
WARE$91 178$902,163
WAREHAMnana
WARREN$40 257$204,426
WARWICK$30 276$23,150
WASHINGTON$25 296$13,202
WATERTOWN$228 16$7,263,077
WAYLAND$177 50$2,294,513
WEBSTER$24 304$400,592
WELLESLEY$162 75$4,519,367
WELLFLEET$376 2$1,034,168
WENDELL$18 322$15,040
WENHAM$102 166$497,370
WESTBOROUGH$183 42$3,340,018
WEST BOYLSTON$79 190$606,014
WEST BRIDGEWATER$225 19$1,558,377
WEST BROOKFIELD$22 310$81,022
WESTFIELD$123 133$5,047,893
WESTFORD$123 133$2,710,927
WESTHAMPTON$24 304$38,884
WESTMINSTER$115 150$834,117
WEST NEWBURY$62 217$264,478
WESTON$241 14$2,710,343
WESTPORT$111 155$1,720,146
WEST SPRINGFIELD$154 88$4,379,138
WEST STOCKBRIDGE$26 292$33,525
WEST TISBURY$77 193$211,845
WESTWOOD$174 56$2,543,754
WEYMOUTH$142 101$7,654,374
WHATELY$26 292$38,465
WHITMAN$164 73$2,372,803
WILBRAHAM$108 160$1,541,822
WILLIAMSBURG$27 290$68,048
WILLIAMSTOWNnana
WILMINGTON$148 92$3,296,421
WINCHENDON$60 219$615,835
WINCHESTER$196 34$4,185,802
WINDSORnana
WINTHROP$128 126$2,237,735
WOBURN$174 56$6,646,124
WORCESTER$175 54$31,702,997
WORTHINGTON$38 262$43,632
WRENTHAM$161 76$1,764,381
YARMOUTH$251 11$5,980,593
SOURCE: Department of Revenue; Boston Globe