Snapshot: Muni debt per resident, 2009

By Matt Carroll, Boston Globe | Oct. 28, 2010
The chart looks at the amount of debt owed by a town, per resident. The debt includes principal and interest on long- and short-term debt. The data, from the Department of Revenue, is from fiscal 2009.
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CommunityCommunity's debt per resident 2009Rank
ABINGTON$221113
ACTONNANA
ACUSHNET$26305
ADAMS$73259
AGAWAM$104234
ALFORDNANA
AMESBURY$139192
AMHERST$22310
ANDOVER$39234
ARLINGTON$182146
ASHBURNHAM$106230
ASHBYNANA
ASHFIELD$59272
ASHLAND$26078
ATHOL$61271
ATTLEBORO$163164
AUBURN$179148
AVON$45818
AYER$213119
BARNSTABLE$25085
BARRE$54276
BECKETNANA
BEDFORD$5889
BELCHERTOWN$26080
BELLINGHAM$33248
BELMONT$183145
BERKLEY$23499
BERLIN$1,4121
BERNARDSTON$156174
BEVERLY$181147
BILLERICA$177153
BLACKSTONE$190138
BLANDFORD$107229
BOLTON$39532
BOSTONNANA
BOURNE$23795
BOXBOROUGH$26277
BOXFORD$6498
BOYLSTON$201127
BRAINTREE$52279
BREWSTER$32351
BRIDGEWATER$84248
BRIMFIELD$39731
BROCKTON$141190
BROOKFIELD$25184
BROOKLINE$224109
BUCKLAND$76256
BURLINGTON$161166
CAMBRIDGE$40630
CANTON$26975
CARLISLE$223110
CARVER$64268
CHARLEMONT$51281
CHARLTON$42288
CHATHAM$7256
CHELMSFORDNANA
CHELSEA$24787
CHESHIRE$53277
CHESTER$118215
CHESTERFIELD$82251
CHICOPEE$82252
CHILMARK$44523
CLARKSBURGNANA
CLINTON$178150
COHASSET$56010
COLRAIN$33298
CONCORD$35144
CONWAY$116218
CUMMINGTON$8321
DALTON$61270
DANVERS$125207
DARTMOUTH$168161
DEDHAM$26082
DEERFIELD$108227
DENNIS$233101
DIGHTON$18313
DOUGLAS$24092
DOVER$32053
DRACUT$143186
DUDLEY$57273
DUNSTABLE$141191
DUXBURY$224108
EAST BRIDGEWATER$187142
EAST BROOKFIELD$102237
EASTHAM$24590
EASTHAMPTON$72261
EAST LONGMEADOW$37638
EASTON$195134
EDGARTOWN$6647
EGREMONT$64269
ERVING$44621
ESSEX$47285
EVERETT$23697
FAIRHAVEN$132198
FALL RIVER$143189
FALMOUTH$29065
FITCHBURG$122212
FLORIDANANA
FOXBOROUGH$143187
FRAMINGHAM$130200
FRANKLIN$159168
FREETOWN$75258
GARDNER$110223
GAY HEAD$33947
GEORGETOWN$227105
GILL$28302
GLOUCESTER$27969
GOSHEN$50282
GOSNOLD$1,0532
GRAFTON$117217
GRANBY$26308
GRANVILLE$156177
GREAT BARRINGTON$202124
GREENFIELD$199130
GROTON$143185
GROVELANDNANA
HADLEY$194135
HALIFAX$94243
HAMILTON$109225
HAMPDEN$73260
HANCOCKNANA
HANOVER$200128
HANSON$69265
HARDWICK$34295
HARVARD$204123
HARWICH$39433
HATFIELD$188140
HAVERHILL$157172
HAWLEY$21311
HEATH$35643
HINGHAM$227106
HINSDALENANA
HOLBROOK$7964
HOLDEN$24788
HOLLAND$72262
HOLLISTON$37936
HOLYOKE$119213
HOPEDALE$32650
HOPKINTON$47715
HUBBARDSTONNANA
HUDSON$186143
HULL$103235
HUNTINGTON$33297
IPSWICH$30161
KINGSTON$230104
LAKEVILLENANA
LANCASTER$218114
LANESBOROUGH$28567
LAWRENCENANA
LEE$212120
LEICESTER$165163
LENOX$31854
LEOMINSTER$113221
LEVERETT$133197
LEXINGTON$31258
LEYDEN$34296
LINCOLN$153178
LITTLETON$45519
LONGMEADOW$104232
LOWELL$201126
LUDLOW$149183
LUNENBURG$27174
LYNN$152181
LYNNFIELD$32252
MALDEN$216115
MANCHESTER$30759
MANSFIELD$23796
MARBLEHEAD$213118
MARION$119214
MARLBOROUGH$158169
MARSHFIELD$198132
MASHPEE$31755
MATTAPOISETT$178151
MAYNARD$211122
MEDFIELD$53212
MEDFORD$108228
MEDWAY$226107
MELROSE$166162
MENDON$89245
MERRIMAC$176154
METHUEN$193136
MIDDLEBOROUGH$28368
MIDDLEFIELD$14316
MIDDLETON$129203
MILFORD$152180
MILLBURY$185144
MILLIS$28966
MILLVILLE$11319
MILTONNANA
MONROENANA
MONSON$43527
MONTAGUE$41290
MONTEREY$66267
MONTGOMERY$51280
MOUNT WASHINGTON$114219
NAHANT$232103
NANTUCKET$8173
NATICK$214117
NEEDHAM$29363
NEW ASHFORD$26307
NEW BEDFORD$108226
NEW BRAINTREE$32299
NEWBURY$37539
NEWBURYPORT$118216
NEW MARLBOROUGH$104233
NEW SALEM$56274
NEWTON$122211
NORFOLK$123209
NORTH ADAMS$170159
NORTHAMPTON$200129
NORTH ANDOVER$27870
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH$215116
NORTHBOROUGH$101238
NORTHBRIDGE$202125
NORTH BROOKFIELD$172156
NORTHFIELD$151182
NORTH READING$24589
NORTON$129202
NORWELL$31756
NORWOOD$170158
OAK BLUFFSNANA
OAKHAM$27304
ORANGE$50284
ORLEANS$41228
OTISNANA
OXFORD$127206
PALMER$29762
PAXTON$145184
PEABODY$105231
PELHAM$156176
PEMBROKE$192137
PEPPERELL$39292
PERU$40291
PETERSHAM$83249
PHILLIPSTON$11318
PITTSFIELD$162165
PLAINFIELD$44287
PLAINVILLE$29264
PLYMOUTH$99240
PLYMPTON$52278
PRINCETON$233102
PROVINCETOWN$46617
QUINCY$83250
RANDOLPH$78255
RAYNHAM$34294
READING$44124
REHOBOTH$26306
REVERE$68266
RICHMONDNANA
ROCHESTER$98241
ROCKLAND$18314
ROCKPORT$36740
ROWENANA
ROWLEY$81254
ROYALSTON$2323
RUSSELL$17315
RUTLAND$34046
SALEM$171157
SALISBURY$91244
SANDISFIELDNANA
SANDWICH$27771
SAUGUS$113222
SAVOY$30301
SCITUATE$131199
SEEKONK$26376
SHARON$43925
SHEFFIELD$9320
SHELBURNENANA
SHERBORN$36241
SHIRLEY$103236
SHREWSBURY$27572
SHUTESBURY$222111
SOMERSET$86246
SOMERVILLE$97242
SOUTHAMPTON$109224
SOUTHBOROUGH$47416
SOUTHBRIDGE$188139
SOUTH HADLEY$24093
SOUTHWICK$75257
SPENCER$13317
SPRINGFIELD$26079
STERLING$27273
STOCKBRIDGE$50913
STONEHAM$222112
STOUGHTON$113220
STOW$153179
STURBRIDGE$31300
SUDBURY$25383
SUNDERLAND$24986
SUTTON$41029
SWAMPSCOTT$43926
SWANSEA$42289
TAUNTON$158171
TEMPLETON$178152
TEWKSBURY$32749
TISBURY$35942
TOLLAND$169160
TOPSFIELD$179149
TOWNSEND$70264
TRURO$54711
TYNGSBOROUGH$128205
TYRINGHAM$50283
UPTON$159167
UXBRIDGE$199131
WAKEFIELDNANA
WALES$24309
WALPOLE$101239
WALTHAM$129201
WARE$212121
WAREHAM$129204
WARREN$27303
WARWICK$3322
WASHINGTON$71263
WATERTOWN$156175
WAYLAND$30460
WEBSTERNANA
WELLESLEY$34445
WELLFLEET$49914
WENDELL$137194
WENHAM$139193
WESTBOROUGH$45520
WEST BOYLSTON$196133
WEST BRIDGEWATER$124208
WEST BROOKFIELDNANA
WESTFIELD$175155
WESTFORD$7695
WESTHAMPTON$157173
WESTMINSTER$123210
WEST NEWBURY$24491
WESTONNANA
WESTPORT$37293
WEST SPRINGFIELD$135195
WEST STOCKBRIDGE$38635
WEST TISBURY$37837
WESTWOOD$44622
WEYMOUTH$158170
WHATELY$23894
WHITMAN$20312
WILBRAHAM$47286
WILLIAMSBURG$81253
WILLIAMSTOWNNANA
WILMINGTON$187141
WINCHENDON$234100
WINCHESTER$31557
WINDSORNANA
WINTHROP$84247
WOBURN$134196
WORCESTER$26081
WORTHINGTON$55275
WRENTHAM$23598
YARMOUTH$143188
SOURCE: Deparment of Revenue