Snapshot: % of those living alone who are 65+

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | May 10, 2012
The Census measures the percent of people living alone who are 65 years old or older. Communities with higher percents are scattered across the state, from the Cape, to Greater Boston, to western Massachusetts. Some towns with large numbers include Westwood, Weston and Hingham. The data is from 2010.
CommunitySingle-person households: Percent 65 and olderRankTotal householdsHouseholds with single person
ABINGTON35.62596,0801,527
ACTON31.93098,1871,886
ACUSHNET47.1663,934874
ADAMS44.31073,9071,366
AGAWAM42.812711,6643,503
ALFORD53.23422362
AMESBURY31.53126,6421,991
AMHERST35.62599,2592,530
ANDOVER41.215211,8512,645
AQUINNAH27.333714555
ARLINGTON35.625918,9696,463
ASHBURNHAM342912,148362
ASHBY27.53351,105171
ASHFIELD36.9231760206
ASHLAND35.22726,3851,464
ATHOL39.61764,6561,323
ATTLEBORO3722816,8844,461
AUBURN48.1606,5421,822
AVON49.6491,709454
AYER33.72933,1181,048
BARNSTABLE45.68319,2255,572
BARRE45.1952,025488
BECKET32.7302763211
BEDFORD47.9615,1301,313
BELCHERTOWN37.12275,5951,216
BELLINGHAM37.22246,1551,320
BELMONT45.6839,6512,333
BERKLEY35.72572,109258
BERLIN45.3901,125245
BERNARDSTON47.763890216
BEVERLY37.821415,8504,960
BILLERICA37.522014,0342,770
BLACKSTONE36.12493,403772
BLANDFORD35.9253492103
BOLTON40.61571,670202
BOSTON24.3345252,69993,701
BOURNE46.9717,8662,341
BOXBOROUGH203491,949499
BOXFORD51.1452,688307
BOYLSTON40.11671,698387
BRAINTREE43.911113,7363,757
BREWSTER55.1284,3831,325
BRIDGEWATER36.82347,9951,654
BRIMFIELD45.1951,429339
BROCKTON36.224733,3038,955
BROOKFIELD45.6831,375353
BROOKLINE31.231625,0928,389
BUCKLAND39.6176823230
BURLINGTON43.91119,2692,155
CAMBRIDGE23.734644,03217,933
CANTON48.4588,3782,261
CARLISLE39.51791,695195
CARVER54314,297935
CHARLEMONT34.7281561173
CHARLTON40.61574,608780
CHATHAM55.5263,0851,127
CHELMSFORD46.97113,3133,391
CHELSEA33.629511,8313,465
CHESHIRE40.51601,403370
CHESTER30322543140
CHESTERFIELD25343511120
CHICOPEE38.220423,7398,136
CHILMARK34.1288398126
CLARKSBURG45.390675137
CLINTON34.12885,8311,950
COHASSET55.9242,722619
COLRAIN37228683181
CONCORD58.8136,4841,763
CONWAY27.1338770181
CUMMINGTON31.5312404143
DALTON45.8812,737738
DANVERS45.39010,6153,104
DARTMOUTH53.73311,2372,669
DEDHAM46809,6512,768
DEERFIELD40.61572,053539
DENNIS50.8476,9282,521
DIGHTON44.71022,472472
DOUGLAS32.83003,000506
DOVER53351,869247
DRACUT38.120810,9562,446
DUDLEY38.22044,062927
DUNSTABLE32.43041,063136
DUXBURY60.295,3441,044
EAST BRIDGEWATER42.61364,750911
EAST BROOKFIELD44.5103828155
EASTHAM51.6432,388727
EASTHAMPTON35.12747,2242,447
EAST LONGMEADOW63.945,8511,388
EASTON38.61957,8651,758
EDGARTOWN34.92781,794565
EGREMONT47.166563170
ERVING35.5263745217
ESSEX34.62831,402393
EVERETT35.825615,5434,309
FAIRHAVEN47.8626,6722,096
FALL RIVER35.426638,45713,428
FALMOUTH52.14014,0694,578
FITCHBURG35.925315,1654,523
FLORIDA37.322330867
FOXBOROUGH38.51996,5041,604
FRAMINGHAM35.326926,1737,438
FRANKLIN35.426610,9952,284
FREETOWN41.51503,162465
GARDNER39.61768,2242,641
GEORGETOWN43.51172,937522
GILL38.5199568161
GLOUCESTER3918812,4864,098
GOSHEN4214341681
GOSNOLD03513918
GRAFTON323086,8921,665
GRANBY37.22242,374519
GRANVILLE32.3306608127
GREAT BARRINGTON37.52202,8791,013
GREENFIELD362517,8522,982
GROTON40.41623,753728
GROVELAND57.5172,346435
HADLEY49.1502,107581
HALIFAX44.41042,863673
HAMILTON46.4762,692422
HAMPDEN54.6301,898339
HANCOCK39.218429979
HANOVER56.5224,709821
HANSON42.41393,468599
HARDWICK47681,094266
HARVARD42.71321,893302
HARWICH57.6165,6231,857
HATFIELD39.21841,483462
HAVERHILL33.129824,1507,149
HAWLEY55.22712829
HEATH36.324430280
HINGHAM6358,4652,253
HINSDALE40169868225
HOLBROOK421434,1021,038
HOLDEN48.4586,3941,243
HOLLAND30322994220
HOLLISTON431234,940924
HOLYOKE38.320315,3614,909
HOPEDALE51.5442,194495
HOPKINTON35.12744,957794
HUBBARDSTON36.52381,566260
HUDSON39.91737,5281,946
HULL28.73294,6301,581
HUNTINGTON29.7325868202
IPSWICH42.81275,4621,572
KINGSTON46.5754,6651,139
LAKEVILLE43.91113,725627
LANCASTER38.22042,409526
LANESBOROUGH34.52851,291328
LAWRENCE33.829225,1816,169
LEE46.4762,560829
LEICESTER40.11674,021915
LENOX59.9112,283921
LEOMINSTER38.420116,7675,033
LEVERETT36251762178
LEXINGTON58.11411,5302,416
LEYDEN18.935028853
LINCOLN43.51172,404520
LITTLETON45.3903,297724
LONGMEADOW68.325,7411,202
LOWELL28.233238,47011,307
LUDLOW48.6548,0802,124
LUNENBURG42.71323,835793
LYNN35.925333,31010,206
LYNNFIELD6274,179784
MALDEN32.230723,6737,112
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA47.3652,147619
MANSFIELD30.63188,3991,934
MARBLEHEAD40.51608,1442,347
MARION52.2381,896485
MARLBOROUGH32.830015,3954,411
MARSHFIELD40.41629,5262,151
MASHPEE48.5576,1181,871
MATTAPOISETT46.6732,505627
MAYNARD35.42664,2391,301
MEDFIELD45.6834,117698
MEDFORD37.721622,8106,747
MEDWAY382094,435828
MELROSE42.912511,2133,509
MENDON41.71462,022307
MERRIMAC47682,417547
METHUEN42.912517,5294,373
MIDDLEBOROUGH401698,4681,755
MIDDLEFIELD31.431521851
MIDDLETON48.9512,898673
MILFORD36.324410,8722,764
MILLBURY401695,2941,370
MILLIS29.33273,030716
MILLVILLE37.92101,094174
MILTON60.1109,2742,131
MONROE55295720
MONSON37.62183,279753
MONTAGUE36.22473,6941,206
MONTEREY34.4286426122
MONTGOMERY30.931733068
MOUNT WASHINGTON43.51177423
NAHANT38.61951,540516
NANTUCKET30.53194,2291,257
NATICK36.423913,4063,896
NEEDHAM56.92010,3412,258
NEW ASHFORD253439520
NEW BEDFORD37.422238,76112,550
NEW BRAINTREE36.923137065
NEWBURY40.21652,594597
NEWBURYPORT35.32697,6222,621
NEW MARLBOROUGH42.3140630163
NEW SALEM28.732940494
NEWTON45.68331,1687,993
NORFOLK42.71323,049379
NORTH ADAMS41.81455,8682,189
NORTHAMPTON27.533512,0004,466
NORTH ANDOVER45.19510,5162,688
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH30.232010,9432,725
NORTHBOROUGH41.71465,110983
NORTHBRIDGE38.61955,8961,459
NORTH BROOKFIELD43.21221,862472
NORTHFIELD39.41811,226302
NORTH READING35.62595,4391,183
NORTON37.92106,4161,387
NORWELL51.9423,553607
NORWOOD40.715511,9173,730
OAK BLUFFS42.81271,989699
OAKHAM30.1321685103
ORANGE44.21083,172913
ORLEANS62.162,9501,107
OTIS38.7193708168
OXFORD35.52635,2721,353
PALMER36.62375,0991,518
PAXTON52411,546246
PEABODY52.23821,3136,682
PELHAM31.6311549117
PEMBROKE37.82146,2981,217
PEPPERELL35.52634,197850
PERU26.234133665
PETERSHAM40.9154493115
PHILLIPSTON28.6331633112
PITTSFIELD40.216519,6536,947
PLAINFIELD33.329726969
PLAINVILLE36.82343,303891
PLYMOUTH41.115321,2695,050
PLYMPTON52.5361,006179
PRINCETON34.72811,279190
PROVINCETOWN28.23321,765959
QUINCY3329940,65815,340
RANDOLPH38.819111,5512,833
RAYNHAM431234,8751,004
READING43.91119,3052,189
REHOBOTH39.91734,101634
REVERE39.218420,4546,545
RICHMOND4599657169
ROCHESTER42.81271,813271
ROCKLAND391886,6971,780
ROCKPORT46.1793,2131,174
ROWE45.58816744
ROWLEY37.72162,155401
ROYALSTON31.5312498130
RUSSELL29328656107
RUTLAND34.12882,791534
SALEM29.732517,8426,301
SALISBURY37.22243,4411,030
SANDISFIELD41.5150377106
SANDWICH44.81017,7761,657
SAUGUS45.29410,3182,661
SAVOY36.923129884
SCITUATE48.8526,8591,675
SEEKONK44.91005,071897
SHARON46.4766,2191,003
SHEFFIELD42.71321,424443
SHELBURNE44.1110849286
SHERBORN53.9321,438217
SHIRLEY36.42392,264555
SHREWSBURY41.614913,4243,297
SHUTESBURY26.3340714167
SOMERSET58.1147,0871,657
SOMERVILLE25.934232,10510,276
SOUTHAMPTON42.81272,249456
SOUTHBOROUGH42.21423,332514
SOUTHBRIDGE352766,8662,090
SOUTH HADLEY44.41046,7932,189
SOUTHWICK50.8473,710898
SPENCER38.61954,7441,278
SPRINGFIELD34.428656,75217,013
STERLING401692,810510
STOCKBRIDGE48.654919366
STONEHAM42.51378,9942,872
STOUGHTON43.412110,2952,632
STOW43.61162,429422
STURBRIDGE45.7823,611817
SUDBURY57.5175,771684
SUNDERLAND223471,648478
SUTTON38.81913,213544
SWAMPSCOTT47685,5201,427
SWANSEA47.6646,0791,298
TAUNTON3527622,3326,465
TEMPLETON43.81152,882571
TEWKSBURY43.511710,4922,256
TISBURY39.31831,806649
TOLLAND39.517919743
TOPSFIELD58.9122,090348
TOWNSEND32.43043,240596
TRURO38.7193984328
TYNGSBOROUGH32.73023,999727
TYRINGHAM39.418113833
UPTON39.11872,733534
UXBRIDGE372285,0561,102
WAKEFIELD37.92109,9942,812
WALES35.7257736199
WALPOLE48.7538,7301,997
WALTHAM28.233223,6908,267
WARE38.42014,1201,198
WAREHAM42.31409,0712,698
WARREN37.92102,021514
WARWICK26.933932978
WASHINGTON36.423922544
WATERTOWN33.729314,7095,260
WAYLAND57.5174,808973
WEBSTER36.72367,0882,237
WELLESLEY55.9248,6951,798
WELLFLEET44.41041,366509
WENDELL21348391119
WENHAM61.381,358315
WESTBOROUGH38.22046,9241,791
WEST BOYLSTON45.5882,616677
WEST BRIDGEWATER46.6732,571599
WEST BROOKFIELD44.21081,479387
WESTFIELD40.416215,3354,210
WESTFORD40.71557,4981,092
WESTHAMPTON36.4239623107
WESTMINSTER35.22722,716511
WEST NEWBURY39.71751,508209
WESTON67.733,776747
WESTPORT48.6546,1541,404
WEST SPRINGFIELD34.628312,1244,158
WEST STOCKBRIDGE36.4239593173
WEST TISBURY31.83101,197352
WESTWOOD71.715,2491,188
WEYMOUTH34.828022,4357,246
WHATELY41.7146626163
WHITMAN36.12495,3001,217
WILBRAHAM56.9205,3091,115
WILLIAMSBURG34.92781,118338
WILLIAMSTOWN52.5362,542833
WILMINGTON45.1957,5321,183
WINCHENDON391883,810906
WINCHESTER51467,6451,665
WINDSOR3032236970
WINTHROP36.32447,7832,680
WOBURN37.621815,5244,649
WORCESTER33.429668,61321,846
WORTHINGTON35.3269522136
WRENTHAM42.51373,703723
YARMOUTH562311,2293,965
SOURCE: Donahue Institute/UMass