snapshot: Independent voters, 2012

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | Sept. 27, 2012
Independent, or unaffiliated voters, dominate in Massachusetts. Communities south of Boston, and swathes of central and western Mass. have higher percents. Cities tend to have fewer than many rural communities. Cambridge, Boston, Springfield, and Fall River are among the cities at the bottom of the list. The data is for 2012.
CommunityPercent UnenrolledRankUnenrolledTotal voters
ABINGTON60.61476,41710,596
ACTON60.61478,40413,868
ACUSHNET57.32134,2067,337
ADAMS56.32413,3025,862
AGAWAM54.826811,50420,974
ALFORD52.1295198380
AMESBURY58.61896,36410,858
AMHERST43.53416,91815,910
ANDOVER57.720413,17122,835
AQUINNAH59.9161229382
ARLINGTON45.832713,42829,344
ASHBURNHAM61.61072,5734,175
ASHBY69.9111,6382,342
ASHFIELD60.11577981,328
ASHLAND59.81626,16110,303
ATHOL65.5384,2126,432
ATTLEBORO61.810016,38626,509
AUBURN59.61676,88011,546
AVON56.92251,6812,955
AYER60.41522,8334,691
BARNSTABLE57.720418,45631,978
BARRE59.81622,0513,427
BECKET58.61897691,312
BEDFORD58.91805,6589,607
BELCHERTOWN56.62325,3089,382
BELLINGHAM59.81626,26810,481
BELMONT54.42759,40317,275
BERKLEY63.8552,7604,327
BERLIN66.2261,3542,045
BERNARDSTON70.371,0241,457
BEVERLY60.813515,18024,949
BILLERICA58.718614,89425,387
BLACKSTONE61.31213,7706,154
BLANDFORD6296505815
BOLTON60.51502,0603,406
BOSTON38350138,477364,498
BOURNE61.51118,17113,282
BOXBOROUGH62.4872,1703,475
BOXFORD61.31213,6275,912
BOYLSTON66282,0303,076
BRAINTREE51.729712,67024,489
BREWSTER581984,6598,038
BRIDGEWATER60.31569,13615,143
BRIMFIELD61.11261,5392,518
BROCKTON40.634421,47652,939
BROOKFIELD65.8321,4272,168
BROOKLINE44.133716,85238,216
BUCKLAND63.6608191,287
BURLINGTON58.81839,81816,705
CAMBRIDGE36.735123,03762,786
CANTON54.62718,23715,088
CARLISLE59.61672,2863,836
CARVER62.5835,0258,046
CHARLEMONT69.315537775
CHARLTON63.6605,9229,309
CHATHAM57.32133,1485,496
CHELMSFORD62.58314,90523,834
CHELSEA39.93455,34713,413
CHESHIRE63781,4282,266
CHESTER62.681522834
CHESTERFIELD64.447549852
CHICOPEE4931317,07834,879
CHILMARK48318428891
CLARKSBURG71.758001,115
CLINTON54.72694,9409,035
COHASSET55.72553,1355,626
COLRAIN66.5257591,142
CommunityPercent UnenrolledRankUnenrolledTotal voters
CONCORD513036,45112,659
CONWAY48.73157321,503
CUMMINGTON69.813454650
DALTON581982,6564,581
DANVERS63.75911,66518,308
DARTMOUTH52.829012,07522,872
DEDHAM53.72829,29917,312
DEERFIELD591792,0863,537
DENNIS59.71666,88911,549
DIGHTON61.51112,9124,737
DOUGLAS62.2933,7706,060
DOVER55.32612,2394,051
DRACUT57.920011,24219,433
DUDLEY60.11574,1696,934
DUNSTABLE63.8551,4022,196
DUXBURY57.92006,45811,155
EAST BRIDGEWATER61.9985,8049,380
EAST BROOKFIELD63.3689331,474
EASTHAM54.52742,2794,178
EASTHAMPTON56.62326,56011,582
EAST LONGMEADOW55.82536,13710,993
EASTON57.22188,88515,539
EDGARTOWN52.32921,6813,214
EGREMONT51.1302479938
ERVING67.6207391,093
ESSEX60.71421,6122,656
EVERETT43.83398,31218,959
FAIRHAVEN57.92006,20110,719
FALL RIVER38.234818,86649,384
FALMOUTH56.423814,05624,911
FITCHBURG56.124711,80521,044
FLORIDA70.66375531
FOXBOROUGH61.81007,33311,857
FRAMINGHAM53.528519,00035,518
FRANKLIN61.710512,62420,457
FREETOWN61.41163,8566,281
GARDNER54.72696,26811,468
GEORGETOWN58.71863,5656,074
GILL63.5656621,043
GLOUCESTER60.813512,36920,337
GOSHEN61.1126452740
GOSNOLD72.14106147
GRAFTON61.41167,34411,964
GRANBY59.81622,6674,457
GRANVILLE65.7337371,121
GREAT BARRINGTON50.93042,2574,432
GREENFIELD56.42386,35011,254
GROTON61.21234,6717,635
GROVELAND61.11262,7914,569
HADLEY53.72821,9863,696
HALIFAX63.1743,2835,203
HAMILTON60.41523,4655,736
HAMPDEN59.41722,1033,540
HANCOCK63.368324512
HANOVER61.61075,7159,274
HANSON62.4874,2606,824
HARDWICK64.7451,0901,685
HARVARD60.71422,5324,168
HARWICH56.72285,78210,192
HATFIELD56.72281,4152,497
HAVERHILL57.520924,20542,078
HAWLEY73.83180244
HEATH61.5111303493
HINGHAM57.12219,42316,490
HINSDALE64.7458891,375
HOLBROOK56.32413,8856,900
HOLDEN61.41167,74612,613
HOLLAND63.9541,0861,700
HOLLISTON57.72045,94210,305
HOLYOKE45.832711,35224,809
HOPEDALE65.7332,5073,816
HOPKINTON57.12215,75010,073
HUBBARDSTON67.6202,0873,089
HUDSON63.6608,00712,581
HULL54.12764,3137,970
HUNTINGTON65.7339211,401
IPSWICH62.5836,42510,275
KINGSTON60.61475,2698,698
LAKEVILLE63.8554,8417,585
LANCASTER64.1513,0124,701
LANESBOROUGH60.41521,2952,144
LAWRENCE39.534615,15538,387
LEE62.3922,5044,018
LEICESTER58.81834,2927,301
LENOX44.43351,6123,629
LEOMINSTER59.517015,12325,425
LEVERETT453336531,452
LEXINGTON50.930411,04621,710
LEYDEN60.7142333549
LINCOLN52.22942,2774,363
LITTLETON63.1743,9536,269
LONGMEADOW45.83275,49512,003
LOWELL50.330726,26252,205
LUDLOW46.43226,19013,352
LUNENBURG62.6814,5647,293
LYNN45.832722,14048,352
LYNNFIELD59.31735,3949,089
MALDEN4931314,47929,568
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA57.32132,3344,071
MANSFIELD58.91808,69714,768
MARBLEHEAD56.82268,45714,881
MARION57.12212,1373,744
MARLBOROUGH57.321311,92520,827
MARSHFIELD6016010,98918,311
MASHPEE58.41916,02010,314
MATTAPOISETT61.71053,0554,951
MAYNARD56.62324,0457,142
MEDFIELD62.4875,1408,232
MEDFORD47.831916,99835,553
MEDWAY63.1745,6919,021
MELROSE52.829010,00118,936
MENDON63.3682,6844,240
MERRIMAC63.2712,8484,509
METHUEN49.531114,77729,836
MIDDLEBOROUGH65.53810,26515,678
MIDDLEFIELD49.9309173347
MIDDLETON61.81003,4915,647
MILFORD57.62079,90417,191
MILLBURY59.11785,2668,915
MILLIS58.21933,2055,507
MILLVILLE69.7141,3921,998
MILTON45.83278,69618,998
MONROE82.615769
MONSON56.72283,1555,568
MONTAGUE58.71863,3425,691
MONTEREY45.8327335732
MONTGOMERY68.319416609
MOUNT WASHINGTON57.421170122
NAHANT55.22631,4142,563
NANTUCKET54.92654,5298,250
NATICK53.927712,70523,552
NEEDHAM53.328611,07020,778
NEW ASHFORD68.918122177
NEW BEDFORD4334222,35151,997
NEW BRAINTREE70.37505718
NEWBURY62963,1155,026
NEWBURYPORT55.92497,53713,473
NEW MARLBOROUGH57.12216401,120
NEW SALEM60.8135432710
NEWTON46.332325,51855,065
NORFOLK60.81353,8886,392
NORTH ADAMS58.11965,0628,716
NORTHAMPTON453338,79819,549
NORTH ANDOVER59.217610,99218,553
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH61.212311,54018,856
NORTHBOROUGH61.81006,42110,385
NORTHBRIDGE60.11576,10210,157
NORTH BROOKFIELD63.6602,0323,193
NORTHFIELD65.1411,3772,116
NORTH READING58.11966,21310,698
NORTON63.5657,40311,654
NORWELL57.32134,3677,620
NORWOOD5526411,09420,165
OAK BLUFFS53.92771,7983,338
OAKHAM7099261,323
ORANGE65.1413,0664,711
ORLEANS53.62842,8565,332
OTIS60.71426661,098
OXFORD60.71425,2958,728
PALMER58.31924,7348,124
PAXTON60.91331,8813,090
PEABODY57.421120,01534,840
PELHAM46.3323457987
PEMBROKE61.41167,60112,372
PEPPERELL60.81354,8117,915
PERU67.223394586
PETERSHAM61129575942
PHILLIPSTON69167841,137
PITTSFIELD46.132513,58929,504
PLAINFIELD65.636296451
PLAINVILLE63.8553,5955,636
PLYMOUTH6112923,31738,241
PLYMPTON69161,3972,026
PRINCETON64.8441,7542,705
PROVINCETOWN38.83471,1232,892
QUINCY48.331629,81261,740
RANDOLPH43.83398,54719,521
RAYNHAM61.9985,9159,550
READING532889,08317,123
REHOBOTH64.2505,4048,423
REVERE44.333611,17625,230
RICHMOND55.72556301,132
ROCHESTER62.4872,4943,998
ROCKLAND61.61077,49612,165
ROCKPORT64.3483,6315,648
ROWE64.348182283
ROWLEY65.6362,8904,407
ROYALSTON709604863
RUSSELL59.3173586988
RUTLAND62.8803,5825,705
SALEM52.329214,12126,994
SALISBURY62.5833,6155,780
SANDISFIELD51.3300305595
SANDWICH58.91809,03515,327
SAUGUS56.22449,84017,494
SAVOY76.42350458
SCITUATE56.62327,62413,462
SEEKONK66.8246,2659,372
SHARON58.21937,27412,489
SHEFFIELD55.82531,2292,201
SHELBURNE611298001,312
SHERBORN55.92491,7293,091
SHIRLEY65.9302,6343,999
SHREWSBURY56.822612,80822,554
SHUTESBURY48.13176881,429
SOMERSET522966,88813,256
SOMERVILLE41.434318,40844,464
SOUTHAMPTON61.51112,5384,124
SOUTHBOROUGH59.31734,0866,888
SOUTHBRIDGE53.92775,84510,854
SOUTH HADLEY55.62585,95610,703
SOUTHWICK54.62713,4116,252
SPENCER60.91334,6377,613
SPRINGFIELD38.234834,57690,424
STERLING63.6603,6705,774
STOCKBRIDGE44.13376531,481
STONEHAM55.92498,29014,841
STOUGHTON54.92659,64417,558
STOW61.51113,0154,906
STURBRIDGE57.92003,7636,500
SUDBURY55.52606,69212,067
SUNDERLAND55.72551,2952,325
SUTTON67.5224,5346,720
SWAMPSCOTT55.92495,63110,077
SWANSEA56.32416,58011,695
TAUNTON57.221819,60834,309
TEMPLETON66283,3425,064
TEWKSBURY59.616712,46620,913
TISBURY532881,7583,319
TOLLAND59.2176210355
TOPSFIELD61.61072,7944,535
TOWNSEND65.9303,9796,037
TRURO53.82809231,717
TYNGSBOROUGH63.2715,0658,010
TYRINGHAM59.5170178299
UPTON64523,1804,972
UXBRIDGE62.2936,24510,036
WAKEFIELD56.72289,47216,712
WALES66.1278401,270
WALPOLE61.810010,26116,611
WALTHAM54.926518,46133,628
WARE56.12473,5086,257
WAREHAM60.81358,87614,587
WARREN60.51501,8773,100
WARWICK6452346541
WASHINGTON62.195267430
WATERTOWN47.532110,19921,469
WAYLAND58.21935,6379,690
WEBSTER58.81836,65111,314
WELLESLEY51.33009,34018,203
WELLFLEET49.93091,3112,625
WENDELL63.174419664
WENHAM56.52361,5922,818
WESTBOROUGH57.62076,43911,186
WEST BOYLSTON65.1413,1994,912
WEST BRIDGEWATER60.41523,0535,051
WEST BROOKFIELD60.81351,4862,444
WESTFIELD51.629912,15423,561
WESTFORD62.4879,76715,642
WESTHAMPTON69.9118661,239
WESTMINSTER63.5653,4305,403
WEST NEWBURY56.52361,7593,116
WESTON56.22444,4677,949
WESTPORT49.13125,61211,436
WEST SPRINGFIELD53.82809,11616,931
WEST STOCKBRIDGE57.22186171,079
WEST TISBURY51.72971,2062,332
WESTWOOD57.52095,97510,400
WEYMOUTH56.423819,12133,897
WHATELY55.62586261,125
WHITMAN62.9796,1169,717
WILBRAHAM50.13085,16010,301
WILLIAMSBURG54.62711,0111,852
WILLIAMSTOWN47.63202,0834,373
WILMINGTON611299,24615,159
WINCHENDON63.2713,9076,180
WINCHESTER55.32618,33115,072
WINDSOR65.240432663
WINTHROP50.43065,59911,103
WOBURN53.128713,22424,907
WORCESTER46.132545,93599,564
WORTHINGTON61.4116550896
WRENTHAM61.21234,7007,686
YARMOUTH56.224410,00717,817
SOURCE: State of Massachusetts