Snapshot: Tax-exempt property, 2012

By Matt Carroll, Boston Globe | April 19, 2012
The percent of tax-exempt property varies widely from community to community. Some have large amounts of parkland, others large schools or churches. Communities with a large percent of property value that is tax exempt include Boston and Chelsea. The 2012 data is from the Department of Revenue.
CommunityPercent of tax exempt property, 2012RankTotal amount of property, 2012
ABINGTON7.1229$1,900,613,083
ACTON6.3259$2,147,483,647
ACUSHNET4.9316$1,120,678,481
ADAMS1284$561,351,799
AGAWAM1285$2,147,483,647
ALFORD1.7332$261,178,118
AMESBURY8.8166$2,020,229,243
AMHERST16.731$2,147,483,647
ANDOVER8.6175$2,147,483,647
ARLINGTON5.9279$2,147,483,647
ASHBURNHAM13.466$665,091,728
ASHBY6.5252$301,950,524
ASHFIELD7.4217$237,354,906
ASHLAND4.9317$2,147,483,647
ATHOL8195$720,617,898
ATTLEBORO9.7126$2,147,483,647
AUBURN6.1272$1,940,806,351
AVON5.9276$831,003,550
AYER10.3111$1,082,654,320
BARNSTABLE9.3146$2,147,483,647
BARRE15.542$481,332,781
BECKET5.2306$548,440,727
BEDFORD12.677$2,147,483,647
BELCHERTOWN9.4144$1,455,920,354
BELLINGHAM5.1308$2,147,483,647
BELMONT10.7103$2,147,483,647
BERKLEY9159$842,173,353
BERLIN7.3221$595,358,079
BERNARDSTON7.2226$234,415,144
BEVERLY9.6133$2,147,483,647
BILLERICA5.8284$2,147,483,647
BLACKSTONE8.4183$906,435,595
BLANDFORD18.423$200,894,932
BOLTON6.5252$941,254,539
BOSTON28.25$2,147,483,647
BOURNE20.717$2,147,483,647
BOXBOROUGH3.8327$982,011,052
BOXFORD7.4214$1,741,774,231
BOYLSTON17.227$718,612,540
BRAINTREE7.4217$2,147,483,647
BREWSTER7.1228$2,147,483,647
BRIDGEWATER15.345$2,147,483,647
BRIMFIELD6.9237$430,036,137
BROCKTON15.938$2,147,483,647
BROOKFIELD12.579$303,542,562
BROOKLINE10.997$2,147,483,647
BUCKLAND10.5105$237,716,809
BURLINGTON9.1155$2,147,483,647
CANTON9.2153$2,147,483,647
CARLISLE5.8286$1,335,062,046
CARVER6.2263$1,196,836,500
CHARLEMONT12.578$150,099,593
CHARLTON16.335$1,650,903,926
CHATHAM6.3262$2,147,483,647
CHELMSFORD5.5296$2,147,483,647
CHELSEA29.94$2,147,483,647
CHESHIRE13.861$356,696,506
CHESTER9.7129$132,013,071
CHESTERFIELD9.9122$160,273,650
CHICOPEE1636$2,147,483,647
CLARKSBURG7231$133,092,768
CLINTON15.640$1,255,161,803
COHASSET6.2266$2,147,483,647
COLRAIN6.9236$175,331,157
CONCORD12.675$2,147,483,647
CONWAY6.4255$276,686,256
CUMMINGTON14.650$163,065,674
DALTON11.789$684,689,045
DANVERS12.871$2,147,483,647
DARTMOUTH9.7125$2,147,483,647
DEDHAM13.268$2,147,483,647
DEERFIELD26.66$905,103,563
DENNIS2.7331$2,147,483,647
DIGHTON10.2113$934,506,262
DOUGLAS8.5179$925,589,492
DOVER12.281$2,147,483,647
DRACUT6.6248$2,147,483,647
DUDLEY10.898$935,831,856
DUNSTABLE5.3299$485,217,241
DUXBURY8.7169$2,147,483,647
EAST BRIDGEWATER6.9238$1,644,509,500
EAST BROOKFIELD9157$244,814,941
EASTHAM7.3222$2,147,483,647
EASTHAMPTON9.2149$1,543,803,068
EAST LONGMEADOW8.4182$1,935,843,942
EASTON8.8167$2,147,483,647
EGREMONT13.665$451,606,418
ERVING4.3322$657,262,046
ESSEX5.8283$797,817,426
EVERETT14.257$2,147,483,647
FAIRHAVEN8.1192$2,122,764,087
FALL RIVER14.650$2,147,483,647
FALMOUTH9.3146$2,147,483,647
FITCHBURG19.818$2,147,483,647
FLORIDA4.9318$132,902,231
FOXBOROUGH21.613$2,147,483,647
FRAMINGHAM11.887$2,147,483,647
FRANKLIN8.3186$2,147,483,647
FREETOWN7235$1,223,285,720
GARDNER15.937$1,409,220,803
GEORGETOWN7.9199$1,239,503,524
GILL29.93$216,805,756
GLOUCESTER7.4219$2,147,483,647
GOSHEN5.5297$150,646,463
GRAFTON8.8165$2,147,483,647
GRANBY5.6291$606,716,524
GRANVILLE22.411$264,024,437
GREAT BARRINGTON15.939$1,606,266,807
GREENFIELD15.247$1,589,251,824
GROTON15.641$1,800,801,316
GROVELAND6.5251$890,612,890
HADLEY14.356$1,061,121,421
HALIFAX5314$825,808,040
HAMILTON13.664$1,495,788,178
HAMPDEN4.7319$579,507,120
HANCOCK3.6328$311,304,257
HANOVER8.6172$2,147,483,647
HANSON1283$1,331,363,230
HARDWICK22.212$301,384,195
HARVARD1548$1,239,439,466
HARWICH5.7289$2,147,483,647
HATFIELD5.5295$545,163,380
HAVERHILL8196$2,147,483,647
HAWLEY13.763$53,931,886
HEATH7.4216$94,676,292
HINGHAM6.2267$2,147,483,647
HINSDALE13.367$314,667,389
HOLBROOK5.3302$1,062,857,145
HOLDEN10.2116$2,046,278,800
HOLLAND4.4321$316,018,607
HOLLISTON6.5250$2,137,723,500
HOLYOKE18.521$2,147,483,647
HOPEDALE9.5135$724,739,545
HOPKINTON5.7288$2,147,483,647
HUBBARDSTON8.9163$476,533,137
HUDSON7.1229$2,147,483,647
HULL9.8124$2,023,403,210
HUNTINGTON38.81$328,330,255
IPSWICH8.9160$2,147,483,647
KINGSTON12.773$1,939,683,916
LAKEVILLE8.3184$1,562,837,655
LANCASTER2115$998,274,858
LANESBOROUGH7.5213$439,027,224
LAWRENCE1825$2,147,483,647
LEE11.491$993,521,147
LEICESTER10.3111$1,017,341,508
LENOX11.788$1,268,211,610
LEOMINSTER11.393$2,147,483,647
LEVERETT7.4219$269,903,571
LEXINGTON7.7205$2,147,483,647
LEYDEN9.2150$95,071,514
LINCOLN18.422$2,147,483,647
LITTLETON7.7207$1,610,701,414
LONGMEADOW6.7242$2,147,483,647
LOWELL16.829$2,147,483,647
LUNENBURG5.2303$1,182,884,061
LYNN10120$2,147,483,647
LYNNFIELD6.1271$2,147,483,647
MALDEN10.8101$2,147,483,647
MANCHESTER7.5212$2,147,483,647
MANSFIELD6275$2,147,483,647
MARBLEHEAD5.9276$2,147,483,647
MARION9.5135$1,722,116,578
MARLBOROUGH9.2150$2,147,483,647
MARSHFIELD6.4256$2,147,483,647
MASHPEE6.7244$2,147,483,647
MATTAPOISETT8.6171$1,704,011,558
MAYNARD9.8123$1,356,905,015
MEDFIELD9.6131$2,147,483,647
MEDFORD9.4142$2,147,483,647
MEDWAY6.5249$1,738,402,252
MELROSE7.7206$2,147,483,647
MENDON4324$831,416,140
MERRIMAC6.1273$697,088,207
METHUEN5.8287$2,147,483,647
MIDDLEBOROUGH9.4145$2,147,483,647
MIDDLEFIELD12.970$75,004,861
MIDDLETON8.7168$1,729,395,154
MILFORD6.4254$2,147,483,647
MILLBURY9.3146$1,404,840,779
MILLIS6.2265$1,061,373,000
MILLVILLE6274$311,040,400
MILTON11.195$2,147,483,647
MONROE9.9121$24,943,904
MONSON10.1119$811,238,750
MONTAGUE14.650$857,005,238
MONTEREY10.1118$556,486,528
MONTGOMERY4.7320$103,259,442
MOUNT WASHINGTON30.72$120,887,398
NAHANT8.9164$802,414,858
NANTUCKET15.543$2,147,483,647
NATICK8.1192$2,147,483,647
NEEDHAM7.2224$2,147,483,647
NEW BEDFORD16.730$2,147,483,647
NEW BRAINTREE19.619$130,193,357
NEWBURY1369$1,382,246,249
NEWBURYPORT7.9198$2,147,483,647
NEW MARLBOROUGH4.2323$476,092,400
NEW SALEM26.57$161,531,469
NEWTON1459$2,147,483,647
NORFOLK6.2268$1,551,084,053
NORTH ADAMS20.816$891,154,264
NORTHAMPTON22.410$2,147,483,647
NORTH ANDOVER9.1154$2,147,483,647
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH5.9280$2,147,483,647
NORTHBOROUGH5.2304$2,147,483,647
NORTHBRIDGE9.5138$1,548,779,120
NORTH BROOKFIELD11.590$445,020,175
NORTHFIELD10.2113$473,275,843
NORTH READING6.8239$2,147,483,647
NORTON14.949$2,147,483,647
NORWELL7.2225$2,147,483,647
NORWOOD5312$2,147,483,647
OAK BLUFFS9.6131$2,147,483,647
OAKHAM10.8101$224,486,901
ORANGE9.7126$546,544,926
ORLEANS6.2264$2,147,483,647
OTIS5.1309$654,885,981
PALMER12.774$1,091,292,753
PAXTON13.862$535,271,206
PEABODY9.7128$2,147,483,647
PELHAM16.433$203,106,800
PEMBROKE7.3223$2,147,483,647
PEPPERELL6.3261$1,232,465,233
PERU10.4107$99,405,687
PETERSHAM24.69$191,448,621
PHILLIPSTON6.6245$200,834,355
PITTSFIELD17.426$2,147,483,647
PLAINVILLE6.3257$1,208,007,072
PLYMPTON3.5329$381,026,530
PRINCETON11.986$494,949,223
PROVINCETOWN7.9197$2,147,483,647
QUINCY12.872$2,147,483,647
RANDOLPH7.6209$2,147,483,647
RAYNHAM5.5294$1,856,352,960
READING7234$2,147,483,647
REHOBOTH3.9326$1,687,982,491
REVERE8.3185$2,147,483,647
RICHMOND5.2304$436,694,615
ROCHESTER9.6130$885,792,100
ROCKLAND8.6174$1,872,923,850
ROCKPORT6.8241$1,923,162,600
ROWE3.2330$314,570,389
ROWLEY3.9325$874,685,200
RUSSELL8.6175$149,547,644
RUTLAND11.294$827,151,600
SALEM14.158$2,147,483,647
SALISBURY5.9278$1,544,902,925
SANDISFIELD6.6247$252,080,244
SANDWICH10.4106$2,147,483,647
SAUGUS6.8239$2,147,483,647
SAVOY14.653$73,585,714
SCITUATE6.1269$2,147,483,647
SEEKONK5315$2,147,483,647
SHARON9.2150$2,147,483,647
SHEFFIELD19.220$771,238,595
SHELBURNE9.5135$252,482,777
SHERBORN8.5180$1,247,556,387
SHIRLEY16.632$695,031,262
SHREWSBURY6.7243$2,147,483,647
SHUTESBURY8.2190$234,485,700
SOMERSET7.7204$2,147,483,647
SOMERVILLE12.676$2,147,483,647
SOUTHAMPTON5.1307$684,860,485
SOUTHBOROUGH10.8100$2,147,483,647
SOUTHBRIDGE16.928$1,091,715,151
SOUTH HADLEY10.4107$1,648,466,420
SOUTHWICK5.9280$1,082,070,495
SPENCER8.9160$1,012,382,945
SPRINGFIELD16.434$2,147,483,647
STERLING12.480$1,088,986,040
STONEHAM9.5141$2,147,483,647
STOUGHTON7232$2,147,483,647
STOW7.1227$1,232,343,730
STURBRIDGE8.5177$1,229,925,941
SUDBURY6.3258$2,147,483,647
SUNDERLAND9.4143$383,260,891
SUTTON5.4298$1,255,245,964
SWAMPSCOTT5.6293$2,147,483,647
SWANSEA6.1270$2,066,183,420
TAUNTON14.554$2,147,483,647
TEMPLETON10.2115$647,361,154
TEWKSBURY5.1309$2,147,483,647
TOLLAND10.4109$203,469,973
TOPSFIELD5.7290$1,221,479,389
TOWNSEND13.960$942,828,812
TRURO7.9200$2,147,483,647
TYNGSBOROUGH8.4181$1,508,998,280
TYRINGHAM11.392$207,924,380
UPTON10.2117$1,119,840,047
UXBRIDGE5311$1,588,897,256
WAKEFIELD7.8201$2,147,483,647
WALES15.344$194,314,999
WALPOLE8.1191$2,147,483,647
WALTHAM14.554$2,147,483,647
WARE10.899$842,360,510
WAREHAM7.5211$2,147,483,647
WARREN8.6170$387,474,514
WARWICK21.214$103,347,836
WATERTOWN8.3188$2,147,483,647
WAYLAND7233$2,147,483,647
WEBSTER7.8202$1,530,844,380
WELLESLEY9.5140$2,147,483,647
WELLFLEET6.3260$2,147,483,647
WENHAM8.6172$763,448,938
WESTBOROUGH8.2189$2,147,483,647
WEST BOYLSTON12.281$933,564,725
WEST BRIDGEWATER8194$1,060,663,385
WEST BROOKFIELD9.5139$409,088,952
WESTFIELD8.3187$2,147,483,647
WESTFORD9158$2,147,483,647
WESTHAMPTON1196$250,248,309
WESTMINSTER9156$920,601,256
WEST NEWBURY7.8203$782,812,702
WESTON18.324$2,147,483,647
WESTPORT6.6245$2,147,483,647
WEST SPRINGFIELD7.4214$2,147,483,647
WESTWOOD5.8282$2,147,483,647
WEYMOUTH10.7104$2,147,483,647
WHATELY5.6292$250,937,353
WHITMAN5313$1,381,736,786
WILBRAHAM7.5210$1,804,631,400
WILLIAMSBURG7.6208$333,956,582
WILLIAMSTOWN25.98$1,391,126,550
WILMINGTON5.3300$2,147,483,647
WINCHENDON15.246$782,842,600
WINCHESTER5.3300$2,147,483,647
WINTHROP10.3110$1,870,839,200
WOBURN8.9162$2,147,483,647
WORTHINGTON9.6134$179,159,136
WRENTHAM8.5178$1,863,241,580
YARMOUTH5.8284$2,147,483,647
SOURCE: Department of Revenue