snapshot: Whose older than who? Median ages

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | March 28
The US Census tracks median age. The town's with the oldest ages in Massachusetts tended to be in the corners of the state -- western Mass., Cape Cod, and the North Shore. The youngest community was Amherst -- no surprise, given that it's the home of UMass. The data is from the US Census's American Community Survey for 2011, which covers five years.
CommunityMedian_ageRank
ABINGTON39.3284
ACTON40.8238
ACUSHNET41.6213
ADAMS41.8199
AGAWAM43.9114
ALFORD56.48
AMESBURY40.5250
AMHERST21.3351
ANDOVER43.1144
AQUINNAH26.3350
ARLINGTON41.7210
ASHBURNHAM38.9292
ASHBY43.1144
ASHFIELD46.271
ASHLAND40.9236
ATHOL38.2311
ATTLEBORO38.4305
AUBURN44.1111
AVON43.6126
AYER40.4256
BARNSTABLE4754
BARRE42.9155
BECKET49.331
BEDFORD43.4133
BELCHERTOWN40.5250
BELLINGHAM38.4305
BELMONT41.5217
BERKLEY38314
BERLIN46.271
BERNARDSTON45.587
BEVERLY40.3263
BILLERICA38.7298
BLACKSTONE41.6213
BLANDFORD46.762
BOLTON42.9155
BOSTON30.8346
BOURNE42.9155
BOXBOROUGH42.1192
BOXFORD44.499
BOYLSTON44.2108
BRAINTREE40.5250
BREWSTER53.611
BRIDGEWATER37323
BRIMFIELD41.8199
BROCKTON35.2336
BROOKFIELD43.9114
BROOKLINE35.7334
BUCKLAND41.2225
BURLINGTON40.8238
CAMBRIDGE31.2344
CANTON41230
CARLISLE44.499
CARVER42.4176
CHARLEMONT4754
CHARLTON39.5279
CHATHAM56.95
CHELMSFORD43.3136
CHELSEA32.2342
CHESHIRE46.957
CHESTER46.860
CHESTERFIELD4935
CHICOPEE40.2265
CHILMARK45.880
CLARKSBURG46.174
CLINTON38.4305
COHASSET43.1144
COLRAIN44.499
CommunityMedian_ageRank
CONCORD46.565
CONWAY46.565
CUMMINGTON43.7122
DALTON46.174
DANVERS43.7122
DARTMOUTH43.2140
DEDHAM43150
DEERFIELD45.390
DENNIS52.515
DIGHTON42.6171
DOUGLAS39.3284
DOVER43.5129
DRACUT40.2265
DUDLEY35.8333
DUNSTABLE40.8238
DUXBURY43.9114
EAST BRIDGEWATER41.8199
EAST BROOKFIELD41.1229
EASTHAM56.67
EASTHAMPTON42.8163
EAST LONGMEADOW43.4133
EASTON37.9316
EDGARTOWN43.5129
EGREMONT56.48
ERVING39.6276
ESSEX47.351
EVERETT35.6335
FAIRHAVEN44.3106
FALL RIVER38314
FALMOUTH50.822
FITCHBURG34.3338
FLORIDA42.7168
FOXBOROUGH40.6246
FRAMINGHAM37.5319
FRANKLIN37323
FREETOWN42.3180
GARDNER39.2286
GEORGETOWN40.6246
GILL49.529
GLOUCESTER47.351
GOSHEN43.8120
GOSNOLD60.32
GRAFTON35.9332
GRANBY44.2108
GRANVILLE46.762
GREAT BARRINGTON45.880
GREENFIELD42.3180
GROTON42.2190
GROVELAND43.4133
HADLEY46.174
HALIFAX43.7122
HAMILTON37.4320
HAMPDEN48.144
HANCOCK41230
HANOVER40.2265
HANSON40.5250
HARDWICK45.979
HARVARD44.794
HARWICH50.822
HATFIELD48.242
HAVERHILL38.1313
HAWLEY48.638
HEATH51.120
HINGHAM43150
HINSDALE46.369
HOLBROOK41.8199
HOLDEN41.4221
HOLLAND42.4176
HOLLISTON43.9114
HOLYOKE36.6328
HOPEDALE42194
HOPKINTON39.8273
HUBBARDSTON42.4176
HUDSON41230
HULL46.565
HUNTINGTON42.3180
IPSWICH45.488
KINGSTON42.3180
LAKEVILLE41.8199
LANCASTER38.7298
LANESBOROUGH42.3180
LAWRENCE30.9345
LEE43.3136
LEICESTER39.7274
LENOX48.441
LEOMINSTER40269
LEVERETT47.945
LEXINGTON45.880
LEYDEN48.242
LINCOLN37.4320
LITTLETON43.3136
LONGMEADOW43.9114
LOWELL33.1341
LUDLOW42.7168
LUNENBURG42194
LYNN35337
LYNNFIELD43.1144
MALDEN36.4331
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA45.880
MANSFIELD36.6328
MARBLEHEAD44.499
MARION46.271
MARLBOROUGH39.1288
MARSHFIELD41.5217
MASHPEE46.762
MATTAPOISETT47.450
MAYNARD41.9197
MEDFIELD41.6213
MEDFORD36.7327
MEDWAY41230
MELROSE41230
MENDON42.1192
MERRIMAC42.6171
METHUEN39.5279
MIDDLEBOROUGH40.8238
MIDDLEFIELD50.526
MIDDLETON41.4221
MILFORD37.8317
MILLBURY41.8199
MILLIS41.8199
MILLVILLE39.9271
MILTON38.8295
MONROE44.3106
MONSON43.2140
MONTAGUE42.9155
MONTEREY57.24
MONTGOMERY47.351
MOUNT WASHINGTON53.212
NAHANT49.233
NANTUCKET38.9292
NATICK41230
NEEDHAM42.3180
NEW ASHFORD5121
NEW BEDFORD36.8326
NEW BRAINTREE39.7274
NEWBURY44.696
NEWBURYPORT44.696
NEW MARLBOROUGH49.134
NEW SALEM45.685
NEWTON39.4282
NORFOLK41.2225
NORTH ADAMS39290
NORTHAMPTON38.6301
NORTH ANDOVER39.9271
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH38.4305
NORTHBOROUGH40.4256
NORTHBRIDGE38.3310
NORTH BROOKFIELD40.7244
NORTHFIELD4754
NORTH READING40.6246
NORTON39.2286
NORWELL43150
NORWOOD41.8199
OAK BLUFFS41.9197
OAKHAM44.2108
ORANGE40.8238
ORLEANS62.41
OTIS50.526
OXFORD40.2265
PALMER41.8199
PAXTON43.5129
PEABODY44113
PELHAM49.331
PEMBROKE40.4256
PEPPERELL40.6246
PERU41.5217
PETERSHAM47.945
PHILLIPSTON40.9236
PITTSFIELD42.6171
PLAINFIELD52.814
PLAINVILLE39.1288
PLYMOUTH41.3223
PLYMPTON43.9114
PRINCETON44.499
PROVINCETOWN51.817
QUINCY38.5303
RANDOLPH40.4256
RAYNHAM39290
READING40.7244
REHOBOTH42.8163
REVERE38.2311
RICHMOND52.216
ROCHESTER41.3223
ROCKLAND40.3263
ROCKPORT51.817
ROWE56.76
ROWLEY45.784
ROYALSTON4677
RUSSELL38.7298
RUTLAND39.4282
SALEM37323
SALISBURY45.685
SANDISFIELD46.957
SANDWICH43.5129
SAUGUS42.8163
SAVOY42.9155
SCITUATE44.794
SEEKONK42.9155
SHARON42.5175
SHEFFIELD48.836
SHELBURNE50.128
SHERBORN44.696
SHIRLEY38.9292
SHREWSBURY38.8295
SHUTESBURY45.488
SOMERSET44.499
SOMERVILLE30.7347
SOUTHAMPTON42.8163
SOUTHBOROUGH42.3180
SOUTHBRIDGE36.6328
SOUTH HADLEY40269
SOUTHWICK43150
SPENCER40.5250
SPRINGFIELD32343
STERLING42.8163
STOCKBRIDGE46.565
STONEHAM43.7122
STOUGHTON43.2140
STOW42.3180
STURBRIDGE40.4256
SUDBURY41.8199
SUNDERLAND30.5348
SUTTON41.7210
SWAMPSCOTT44.499
SWANSEA4592
TAUNTON38.4305
TEMPLETON41.7210
TEWKSBURY42.2190
TISBURY47.648
TOLLAND44.1111
TOPSFIELD43.8120
TOWNSEND39.5279
TRURO5313
TYNGSBOROUGH40.4256
TYRINGHAM55.910
UPTON42.3180
UXBRIDGE40.8238
WAKEFIELD41.8199
WALES43.6126
WALPOLE42.7168
WALTHAM34340
WARE43.1144
WAREHAM44.993
WARREN42194
WARWICK49.529
WASHINGTON50.822
WATERTOWN38.8295
WAYLAND46.369
WEBSTER40.5250
WELLESLEY37.2322
WELLFLEET60.13
WENDELL48.540
WENHAM28.6349
WESTBOROUGH38.5303
WEST BOYLSTON40.4256
WEST BRIDGEWATER42.4176
WEST BROOKFIELD46.957
WESTFIELD38.6301
WESTFORD41.5217
WESTHAMPTON4677
WESTMINSTER43.1144
WEST NEWBURY43.6126
WESTON42.9155
WESTPORT45.191
WEST SPRINGFIELD39.6276
WEST STOCKBRIDGE48.836
WEST TISBURY42.3180
WESTWOOD42.9155
WEYMOUTH41.6213
WHATELY47.549
WHITMAN37.7318
WILBRAHAM46.860
WILLIAMSBURG47.747
WILLIAMSTOWN43.2140
WILMINGTON41.2225
WINCHENDON41.2225
WINCHESTER43.3136
WINDSOR48.638
WINTHROP42.6171
WOBURN39.6276
WORCESTER34.3338
WORTHINGTON50.725
WRENTHAM43150
YARMOUTH51.419
SOURCE: US Census, American Community Survey, 5 year