Snapshot: Running a Marathon, 2012

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | May 10, 2012
The Boston Marathon is one of the premier running events in the world, and plenty of people from Massachusetts compete, too. This map and chart looks at the number of runners per 10,000 residents. Hopkinton -- which hosts the start of the race -- had more runners per 10,000 than any other community.

SOURCE: Boston Athletic Association

CommunityRunners per 10,000 residentRankRunners
ABINGTON3.81576
ACTON4.613010
ACUSHNET4.91235
ADAMS1.22381
AGAWAM1.12453
AMESBURY3.11805
AMHERST1.62276
ANDOVER10.53735
ARLINGTON11.92551
ASHBURNHAM1.62241
ASHLAND15.71226
ATTLEBORO3.018213
AUBURN3.71616
AYER9.4487
BARNSTABLE5.112023
BECKET5.61111
BEDFORD6.01038
BELCHERTOWN3.41705
BELLINGHAM3.11815
BELMONT7.77419
BERKLEY1.62281
BEVERLY6.110124
BILLERICA2.519910
BLACKSTONE1.12441
BLANDFORD8.1681
BOLTON4.11402
BOSTON15.413951
BOURNE2.02144
BOXBOROUGH16.0108
BOXFORD7.5786
BOYLSTON9.2534
BRAINTREE9.25133
BREWSTER1.02461
BRIDGEWATER2.61947
BROCKTON1.02519
BROOKLINE20.64121
BUCKLAND5.31161
BURLINGTON3.71629
CAMBRIDGE16.59174
CANTON7.47916
CARLISLE18.559
CARVER0.92561
CHARLEMONT7.9711
CHARLTON6.2988
CHATHAM1.62251
CHELMSFORD7.48025
CHELSEA0.92573
CHESTNUT HILL10
CHICOPEE0.72624
CLINTON2.91834
COHASSET17.2713
CONCORD6.29511
CONWAY15.8113
CUMMINGTON11.5281
DANVERS5.311514
DARTMOUTH1.22394
DEDHAM7.77419
DEERFIELD5.91063
DENNIS4.91217
DOUGLAS4.71264
DOVER10.7336
DRACUT2.71918
DUDLEY1.82192
DUXBURY14.61422
EAST BRIDGEWATER3.61635
EASTHAM4.01442
EASTHAMPTON1.92163
EAST LONGMEADOW0.62661
EASTON10.04123
EDGARTOWN2.52001
ESSEX8.6633
EVERETT1.02504
FAIRHAVEN1.32352
FALL RIVER0.12701
FALMOUTH2.91879
FITCHBURG3.516614
FOXBOROUGH7.77313
FRAMINGHAM5.710939
FRANKLIN6.010319
FREETOWN1.12421
GARDNER1.02482
GEORGETOWN9.8438
GLOUCESTER3.815311
GRAFTON5.611010
GRANBY3.21782
GREENFIELD1.12412
GROTON6.6897
HADLEY3.81542
HALIFAX1.32321
HAMILTON1.32331
HAMPDEN1.92151
HANOVER4.31366
HANSON4.91225
HARDWICK3.31741
HARVARD7.7765
HARWICH4.11415
HAVERHILL3.117919
HINGHAM8.16718
HOLBROOK2.81903
HOLDEN5.21189
HOLLAND4.01461
HOLLISTON11.82616
HOLYOKE0.82593
HOPEDALE6.8854
HOPKINTON30.2145
HUBBARDSTON4.61292
HUDSON2.61955
HULL2.91843
IPSWICH3.81555
KINGSTON7.1839
LAKEVILLE2.81883
LANCASTER1.22361
LANESBOROUGH6.5912
LAWRENCE0.72645
LEE1.72221
LEICESTER0.92531
LENOX4.01482
LEOMINSTER1.22375
LEXINGTON12.12338
LINCOLN12.6208
LITTLETON9.0578
LONGMEADOW2.51984
LOWELL1.622617
LUDLOW3.31757
LUNENBURG4.01494
LYNN2.121119
LYNNFIELD8.66210
MALDEN2.918617
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA5.81073
MANSFIELD7.87218
MARBLEHEAD11.62723
MARION4.11422
MARLBOROUGH3.417213
MARSHFIELD12.32231
MASHPEE3.61645
MATTAPOISETT6.6884
MAYNARD4.01504
MEDFIELD8.36510
MEDFORD11.92467
MEDWAY4.71276
MELROSE9.64626
MENDON3.41692
MERRIMAC6.3934
METHUEN4.213720
MIDDLEBOROUGH2.22085
MIDDLETON6.7876
MILFORD6.110217
MILLBURY4.51336
MILLIS10.1398
MILLVILLE6.3942
MILTON9.64726
MONSON1.22401
NAHANT8.8593
NANTUCKET3.91514
NATICK11.23037
NEEDHAM12.52136
NEW BEDFORD0.92529
NEWBURYPORT9.25216
NEWTON13.616116
NORFOLK0.92541
NORTH ADAMS1.52292
NORTHAMPTON4.613113
NORTH ANDOVER10.93131
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH9.84428
NORTHBOROUGH9.25413
NORTHBRIDGE2.51974
NORTHFIELD3.31761
NORTH READING10.73216
NORTON4.71259
NORWELL17.1818
NORWOOD4.513213
OAK BLUFFS2.22061
ORLEANS5.11193
OTIS6.2961
OXFORD0.72601
PALMER0.82581
PAXTON2.12121
PEABODY2.320312
PEMBROKE6.29711
PEPPERELL0.92551
PITTSFIELD1.12435
PLAINVILLE4.81244
PLYMOUTH4.114323
PLYMPTON3.51651
PRINCETON8.8603
PROVINCETOWN3.41711
QUINCY6.88463
RANDOLPH2.81899
RAYNHAM2.22043
READING10.53826
REHOBOTH2.61963
REVERE1.42317
ROCHESTER5.71083
ROCKLAND4.61288
ROCKPORT7.2825
ROWLEY8.5645
ROYALSTON7.9701
RUTLAND3.81563
SALEM2.719311
SANDWICH4.41359
SAUGUS4.513412
SCITUATE9.94218
SEEKONK0.72611
SHARON9.74517
SHELBURNE10.6362
SHERBORN7.3813
SHIRLEY4.21383
SHREWSBURY5.910521
SOMERSET1.72233
SOMERVILLE18.56140
SOUTHAMPTON1.72201
SOUTHBOROUGH23.5223
SOUTHBRIDGE0.62671
SOUTH HADLEY4.01477
SOUTHWICK2.12102
SPENCER1.72212
SPRINGFIELD0.52688
STERLING9.0567
STONEHAM5.611212
STOUGHTON3.716010
STOW7.6775
STURBRIDGE2.22092
SUDBURY11.32920
SUNDERLAND2.71921
SUTTON8.9588
SWAMPSCOTT8.06911
SWANSEA1.32342
TAUNTON0.72634
TEMPLETON3.71583
TEWKSBURY2.42027
TISBURY12.7185
TOPSFIELD3.31772
TOWNSEND2.22052
TYNGSBOROUGH1.82172
UPTON9.3507
UXBRIDGE3.71595
WAKEFIELD6.49216
WALPOLE8.36620
WALTHAM6.110037
WARE1.02471
WAREHAM0.52691
WARWICK12.8171
WATERTOWN10.73534
WAYLAND10.04013
WELLESLEY21.1359
WENHAM2.12131
WESTBOROUGH9.34917
WEST BOYLSTON6.5905
WEST BRIDGEWATER2.91852
WESTFIELD2.22079
WESTFORD9.15520
WESTMINSTER4.11393
WEST NEWBURY14.2156
WESTON10.73412
WESTPORT0.62651
WEST SPRINGFIELD1.82185
WESTWOOD6.2999
WEYMOUTH5.611330
WHATELY6.7861
WHITMAN3.51675
WILBRAHAM1.42302
WILLIAMSTOWN3.91523
WILMINGTON4.01459
WINCHENDON1.02491
WINCHESTER12.61927
WINTHROP3.41686
WOBURN5.211720
WORCESTER2.420144
WORTHINGTON8.7611
WRENTHAM5.51146
YARMOUTH3.41738
SOURCE: Boston Athletic Association