Snapshot: % housing built in 1939 or before

By Matt Carroll, Boston Globe | Jan. 6, 2011
When it comes to older housing, look in the urban areas. Somerville, Chelsea, Everett and Lynn were among the communities with the highest percent of housing built in 1939 or before, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, for the years 2005-2009. Nearly three-quarters of Somerville’s housing is that old. Mashpee had the lowest amount, at about 2 percent.
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CommunityPercent built in 1939 or afterRankMargin of error
Abington29.11413.5
Acton9.93281.9
Acushnet24.31845.3
Adams56.1174.2
Agawam15.82682.2
Alford30.51296.6
Amesbury39.2783.1
Amherst21.82042.6
Andover26.21742.1
Aquinnah15.12835.4
Arlington53.5251.9
Ashburnham26.71676.1
Ashby261765.7
Ashfield39.3775.7
Ashland7.43452.2
Athol47.7414.1
Attleboro27.11632.4
Auburn22.32003.1
Avon33.91066.7
Ayer281536.5
Barnstable13.62981.5
Barre32.51176.3
Becket202185
Bedford11.43152.8
Belchertown9.23362.9
Bellingham9.63322.3
Belmont64.632.5
Berkley10.13273.1
Berlin26.81646.3
Bernardston27.81556
Beverly47.2422.2
Billerica15.62751.8
Blackstone31.81226.7
Blandford42.4626.8
Bolton14.12945.3
Boston58.3120.7
Bourne14.62872.7
Boxborough9.13383.1
Boxford7.63433.5
Boylston17.62526.5
Braintree28.41462.3
Brewster7.73422.4
Bridgewater21.32063.3
Brimfield14.62876.7
Brockton42.2631.6
Brookfield23.81877.2
Brookline56.1171.7
Buckland52.5296.7
Burlington5.63491.7
Cambridge59.991.4
Canton14.82862.5
Carlisle152846.2
Carver6.13482.3
Charlemont43587
Charlton11.43153.2
Chatham16.72582.9
Chelmsford13.92951.9
Chelsea66.522.7
Cheshire30.21306.3
Chester49.4386.8
Chesterfield31.61258.2
Chicopee32.11191.7
Chilmark16.22633.3
Clarksburg39.9745.1
Clinton45.2494
Cohasset34.31046.1
Colrain34.9985.6
Concord27.61603.2
Conway32.81145.8
Cummington41.9666.4
Dalton35.6945.9
Danvers25.81772.6
Dartmouth19.42262.3
Dedham38.9822.7
Deerfield36.1916
Dennis11.43151.9
Dighton331108.4
Douglas14.52904.7
Dover18.42375.9
Dracut16.12651.9
Dudley26.61684.6
Dunstable9.33353.2
Duxbury17.82492.9
East Bridgewater27.51614.4
East Brookfield26.81648.5
Eastham7.53442.9
Easthampton33.41083.3
East Longmeadow12.93062.4
Easton15.32791.9
Edgartown14.32914.3
Egremont26.51715.1
Erving34.9985.6
Essex43.5557.8
Everett64.243
Fairhaven40.7693.3
Fall River58.1131.4
Falmouth11.23191.5
Fitchburg52.1312.5
Florida22.819611
Foxborough19.52243.7
Framingham20.72131.7
Franklin152842
Freetown10.83233
Gardner46.9433.1
Georgetown23.81874.7
Gill29.91357.1
Gloucester52.8272.5
Goshen192307.5
Gosnold44.15410.1
Grafton21.72053
Granby11.23194.1
Granville301346.1
Great Barrington53266
Greenfield52.7283.3
Groton16.52604.7
Groveland24.51826.6
Hadley28.11505.4
Halifax13.33004.6
Hamilton26.21746.4
Hampden15.82684.4
Hancock15.42785.1
Hanover16.52603.4
Hanson21.32064.4
Hardwick55.6198.7
Harvard15.82684.3
Harwich15.72732.4
Hatfield37.5886.8
Haverhill42.6591.9
Hawley45.74710.4
Heath19.82226
Hingham28.11502.5
Hinsdale27.71595.6
Holbrook26.81645.7
Holden13.42992.1
Holland8.93394.2
Holliston16.72583.2
Holyoke43.4562.5
Hopedale39.1817
Hopkinton123142.3
Hubbardston172546.4
Hudson21.32062.7
Hull42.5605.1
Huntington30.21306.9
Ipswich32.91113.3
Kingston241864.8
Lakeville12.23123.7
Lancaster22.61985.8
Lanesborough34.610110.6
Lawrence41.9662.4
Lee31.31266
Leicester28.91424
Lenox28.21486.4
Leominster29.71362.3
Leverett24.51825.4
Lexington22.12012
Leyden24.11858.7
Lincoln9.73303.6
Littleton162674.5
Longmeadow28.61452.9
Lowell51.4321.8
Ludlow19.92202.7
Lunenburg19.52244.9
Lynn62.151.9
Lynnfield10.33263.3
Malden52.5292.3
Manchester-by-the-Sea40.7695.7
Mansfield18.12432.8
Marblehead44.8523.4
Marion26.61686.1
Marlborough182472
Marshfield16.82572.6
Mashpee2.13511.1
Mattapoisett20.12175.1
Maynard35974.4
Medfield14.62873.6
Medford61.661.8
Medway18.32393.4
Melrose55.6192.6
Mendon12.73094.3
Merrimac26.61685.7
Methuen29.71362
Middleborough281533.3
Middlefield45.15112.9
Middleton18.22405.1
Milford32.71152.5
Millbury28.31474
Millis16.92554.2
Millville38.7847.2
Milton50.2343.3
Monroe45.34821.7
Monson34.61015.4
Montague40734.1
Monterey26.51716
Montgomery17.72506.2
Mount Washington49.73712.6
Nahant54.7237
Nantucket19.22282.6
Natick24.61811.9
Needham27.31622.7
New Ashford29.213911.1
New Bedford59.6111.3
New Braintree22.71976.8
Newbury18.42374.5
Newburyport50363
New Marlborough38.9826.2
New Salem30.11337.6
Newton55.5211.6
Norfolk12.33113.5
North Adams61.663.5
Northampton45.8462.4
North Andover16.32621.9
North Attleborough231953
Northborough11.13212.5
Northbridge32.41183.8
North Brookfield37.9876.4
Northfield46.3457.4
North Reading9.93282.1
Norton9.73302.6
Norwell12.13132.9
Norwood31.91202.5
Oak Bluffs32.71155.2
Oakham17.72505.7
Orange42.2635.4
Orleans15.82683.4
Otis20.32163.9
Oxford25.61783.9
Palmer39.9744.4
Paxton15.32794.7
Peabody23.11941.7
Pelham23.81876.5
Pembroke10.93222.3
Pepperell16.92553
Peru13.13016
Petersham59.7109.7
Phillipston18.22404.8
Pittsfield42.2632.6
Plainfield27.81557.4
Plainville13.13015
Plymouth18.12431.5
Plympton133044.7
Princeton182475.5
Provincetown56.3166.1
Quincy43.2571.5
Randolph13.72972.2
Raynham6.93462.5
Reading31.81222.5
Rehoboth18.62344.4
Revere37.3892.6
Richmond29.21395.1
Rochester9.53343.1
Rockland33.91064
Rockport48.4406.1
Rowe40.5718.7
Rowley192305.6
Royalston33.41086.4
Russell21.32066.5
Rutland18.12435.1
Salem55.5212.3
Salisbury18.52353.6
Sandisfield32.911110
Sandwich6.53471.3
Saugus34.71002.6
Savoy24.81807.7
Scituate28.71443.3
Seekonk16.22633.9
Sharon14.32912.5
Sheffield35.5957.1
Shelburne61.666.2
Sherborn21.32065.6
Shirley20.52146.8
Shrewsbury12.43102.1
Shutesbury202186.3
Somerset18.92322.9
Somerville7411.7
Southampton10.73254.3
Southborough12.83083.2
Southbridge49.2392.8
South Hadley28.11503.3
Southwick9.23363.3
Spencer341054.8
Springfield46.9431.1
Sterling13.13014
Stockbridge45.2498
Stoneham28.21482.9
Stoughton19.92202.5
Stow19.22285.4
Sturbridge13.92954.6
Sudbury9.63322
Sunderland19.82225.8
Sutton23.81875.1
Swampscott50.7334.2
Swansea21.92033.5
Taunton35.9932
Templeton23.31936.3
Tewksbury8.83401.5
Tisbury28.91426
Tolland133045.2
Topsfield14.32913.7
Townsend222024.9
Truro17.42534
Tyngsborough8.73413
Tyringham31.71247.8
Upton23.71915.9
Uxbridge29.51384.5
Wakefield39.6763.3
Wales21.12125.1
Walpole18.52352.9
Waltham39.2782.1
Ware36.7904.3
Wareham19.42263.1
Warren54.3247.4
Warwick31.91208.5
Washington15.22827.2
Watertown56.5152.8
Wayland18.22403.5
Webster39.2783.6
Wellesley40.4723.3
Wellfleet15.52774.6
Wendell20.42156.4
Wenham21.22115.9
Westborough11.43152.2
West Boylston30.61286
West Bridgewater23.51925.2
West Brookfield34.51037.4
Westfield25.61782
Westford12.93062.3
Westhampton15.72735.2
Westminster18.82335.5
West Newbury32.91116.9
Weston22.61983.9
Westport16.12652.8
West Springfield30.21302.7
West Stockbridge38866.1
West Tisbury15.62754.6
Westwood18.12433.2
Weymouth27.81551.8
Whately35.3967.8
Whitman38.2853.7
Wilbraham10.83233.3
Williamsburg41.8686.4
Williamstown311274.5
Wilmington15.32792.8
Winchendon44.8525.3
Winchester42.5603
Windsor26.41738.1
Winthrop56.7143.7
Woburn27.81551.9
Worcester50.2341.2
Worthington36927
Wrentham15.82684.5
Yarmouth5.23501.4
SOURCE: Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 05-09