SNAPSHOT: Independent voters, 2010

By Matt Carroll, Boston Globe | Dec. 22, 2011
Massachusetts has more independent voters than other group -- nearly 52 percent, according to the state elections division. Those people, technically called "unenrolled voters," are heavily concentrated in western and central communities, and are least likely to be found in urban areas, such as Cambridge, Fall River, and Boston.
CommunityUnenrolled %RankUnenrolled
ABINGTON59.50%1526,226
ACTON60.00%1388,254
ACUSHNET55.60%2334,157
ADAMS55.90%2233,350
AGAWAM53.90%26811,269
ALFORD51.00%297200
AMESBURY57.70%1866,832
AMHERST43.80%3357,661
ANDOVER56.60%20712,805
AQUINNAH60.80%114239
ARLINGTON44.20%33413,017
ASHBURNHAM61.60%892,611
ASHBY69.30%131,648
ASHFIELD60.30%123791
ASHLAND59.00%1656,242
ATHOL63.70%484,200
ATTLEBORO60.90%10915,831
AUBURN58.30%1726,782
AVON55.90%2231,700
AYER60.10%1342,948
BARNSTABLE56.90%20317,740
BARRE58.90%1662,029
BECKET60.00%138758
BEDFORD58.00%1775,473
BELCHERTOWN55.70%2305,197
BELLINGHAM58.50%1706,165
BELMONT53.50%2738,881
BERKLEY63.50%512,666
BERLIN66.00%261,329
BERNARDSTON69.60%121,073
BEVERLY59.90%14514,881
BILLERICA57.20%19314,030
BLACKSTONE60.10%1343,701
BLANDFORD61.50%94523
BOLTON59.30%1621,927
BOSTON37.20%349138,158
BOURNE60.60%1177,997
BOXBOROUGH61.80%832,105
BOXFORD60.20%1303,602
BOYLSTON65.70%272,036
BRAINTREE50.40%30212,730
BREWSTER57.20%1934,606
BRIDGEWATER59.40%1579,321
BRIMFIELD60.00%1381,549
BROCKTON40.50%34321,565
BROOKFIELD64.80%341,504
BROOKLINE43.40%33917,842
BUCKLAND64.00%44831
BURLINGTON57.90%1839,486
CAMBRIDGE35.90%35122,529
CANTON53.50%2738,248
CARLISLE59.40%1572,199
CARVER61.60%895,457
CHARLEMONT67.90%17564
CHARLTON62.50%675,729
CHATHAM56.60%2073,192
CHELMSFORD61.80%8314,648
CHELSEA38.00%3484,565
CHESHIRE62.50%671,447
CHESTER62.50%67578
CHESTERFIELD64.80%34555
CHICOPEE47.60%31516,484
CHILMARK47.60%315418
CLARKSBURG70.40%7800
CLINTON53.60%2725,091
COHASSET55.40%2373,056
COLRAIN65.20%31766
CONCORD49.80%3056,109
CONWAY49.60%306753
CUMMINGTON68.20%16437
DALTON57.60%1892,638
DANVERS63.10%5911,516
DARTMOUTH52.10%28812,491
DEDHAM52.60%2828,793
DEERFIELD58.00%1772,109
DENNIS58.60%1686,791
DIGHTON60.10%1342,786
DOUGLAS61.40%963,876
DOVER54.20%2622,145
DRACUT56.30%21511,328
DUDLEY58.50%1704,117
DUNSTABLE63.80%461,380
DUXBURY57.00%1986,318
EAST BRIDGEWATER61.20%1005,651
EAST BROOKFIELD62.20%74941
EASTHAM54.10%2652,315
EASTHAMPTON55.70%2306,367
EAST LONGMEADOW52.30%2855,831
EASTON56.00%2218,486
EDGARTOWN50.70%3001,638
EGREMONT51.10%295484
ERVING66.60%22736
ESSEX60.00%1381,567
EVERETT42.90%3408,149
FAIRHAVEN55.80%2266,081
FALL RIVER36.10%35017,753
FALMOUTH55.80%22614,530
FITCHBURG55.00%24611,194
FLORIDA70.10%11385
FOXBOROUGH60.60%1176,951
FRAMINGHAM52.80%27918,392
FRANKLIN60.60%11712,171
FREETOWN60.90%1093,931
GARDNER53.20%2766,087
GEORGETOWN57.70%1863,452
GILL61.80%83664
GLOUCESTER60.20%13012,052
GOSHEN60.50%121437
GOSNOLD72.20%4104
GRAFTON60.50%1217,053
GRANBY59.20%1632,675
GRANVILLE63.80%46732
GREAT BARRINGTON51.00%2972,309
GREENFIELD55.60%2336,381
GROTON59.50%1524,360
GROVELAND59.50%1522,844
HADLEY53.40%2751,967
HALIFAX62.00%783,493
HAMILTON60.20%1303,462
HAMPDEN57.80%1852,095
HANCOCK63.90%45328
HANOVER60.80%1145,701
HANSON61.30%984,176
HARDWICK62.70%631,123
HARVARD60.00%1382,448
HARWICH56.00%2215,709
HATFIELD55.60%2331,396
HAVERHILL57.10%19723,493
HAWLEY72.70%3165
HEATH62.00%78318
HINGHAM56.50%2099,074
HINSDALE63.20%56900
HOLBROOK55.30%2413,886
HOLDEN60.90%1097,646
HOLLAND62.80%621,128
HOLLISTON56.90%2035,684
HOLYOKE45.20%32511,205
HOPEDALE64.80%342,556
HOPKINTON56.10%2185,520
HUBBARDSTON67.00%202,042
HUDSON63.20%568,003
HULL53.70%2714,301
HUNTINGTON65.40%29928
IPSWICH62.00%786,262
KINGSTON59.10%1645,097
LAKEVILLE62.70%634,679
LANCASTER63.60%492,980
LANESBOROUGH60.30%1231,322
LAWRENCE38.60%34514,191
LEE61.60%892,456
LEICESTER57.00%1984,174
LENOX43.50%3381,620
LEOMINSTER58.60%16816,041
LEVERETT43.80%335627
LEXINGTON49.40%30910,622
LEYDEN61.40%96345
LINCOLN52.00%2902,301
LITTLETON61.60%893,798
LONGMEADOW44.60%3305,351
LOWELL49.60%30626,357
LUDLOW44.70%3276,176
LUNENBURG62.00%784,368
LYNN45.40%32322,393
LYNNFIELD58.20%1745,235
MALDEN48.10%31214,137
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA57.00%1982,266
MANSFIELD57.90%1838,349
MARBLEHEAD56.50%2098,345
MARION55.90%2232,070
MARLBOROUGH55.80%22611,328
MARSHFIELD59.40%15710,667
MASHPEE57.40%1915,933
MATTAPOISETT61.30%983,030
MAYNARD56.30%2154,189
MEDFIELD62.00%785,206
MEDFORD46.20%32116,218
MEDWAY62.40%715,676
MELROSE52.10%2889,990
MENDON63.20%562,680
MERRIMAC61.70%862,762
METHUEN47.80%31414,139
MIDDLEBOROUGH64.40%3910,103
MIDDLEFIELD50.80%299188
MIDDLETON62.10%763,426
MILFORD56.10%2189,401
MILLBURY58.30%1725,114
MILLIS57.70%1863,182
MILLVILLE68.80%141,270
MILTON44.60%3308,230
MONROE79.70%155
MONSON55.30%2413,145
MONTAGUE58.00%1773,407
MONTEREY45.20%325319
MONTGOMERY67.70%18390
MOUNT WASHINGTON55.40%23772
NAHANT53.00%2771,352
NANTUCKET54.90%2524,351
NATICK53.00%27712,193
NEEDHAM52.20%28610,835
NEW ASHFORD71.20%5126
NEW BEDFORD42.20%34224,289
NEW BRAINTREE67.30%19475
NEWBURY61.50%943,130
NEWBURYPORT55.40%2377,227
NEW MARLBOROUGH58.20%174660
NEW SALEM60.60%117470
NEWTON45.30%32425,302
NORFOLK59.90%1453,834
NORTH ADAMS57.00%1985,167
NORTHAMPTON44.40%3328,684
NORTH ANDOVER58.00%17710,504
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH60.30%12311,256
NORTHBOROUGH61.00%1056,149
NORTHBRIDGE59.50%1526,184
NORTH BROOKFIELD63.00%602,082
NORTHFIELD64.60%381,375
NORTH READING57.00%1985,941
NORTON62.50%677,236
NORWELL56.40%2124,174
NORWOOD54.00%26710,858
OAK BLUFFS54.10%2651,819
OAKHAM70.20%10934
ORANGE63.40%533,114
ORLEANS52.80%2792,866
OTIS59.90%145657
OXFORD60.00%1385,286
PALMER56.80%2054,592
PAXTON59.50%1521,885
PEABODY56.30%21519,441
PELHAM46.90%318548
PEMBROKE60.20%1307,322
PEPPERELL59.90%1454,903
PERU66.60%22396
PETERSHAM61.00%105583
PHILLIPSTON70.40%7832
PITTSFIELD44.40%33212,859
PLAINFIELD64.30%40294
PLAINVILLE62.40%713,482
PLYMOUTH60.00%13822,633
PLYMPTON68.50%151,396
PRINCETON64.30%401,781
PROVINCETOWN38.40%3471,099
QUINCY46.70%32029,538
RANDOLPH43.60%3378,421
RAYNHAM61.00%1055,677
READING51.70%2928,721
REHOBOTH63.50%515,382
REVERE42.70%34110,487
RICHMOND55.00%246657
ROCHESTER62.10%762,454
ROCKLAND60.80%1147,290
ROCKPORT63.60%493,583
ROWE66.10%25197
ROWLEY65.20%312,780
ROYALSTON70.80%6614
RUSSELL60.30%123612
RUTLAND61.70%863,366
SALEM51.30%29413,084
SALISBURY61.20%1003,701
SANDISFIELD51.10%295302
SANDWICH58.10%1768,910
SAUGUS54.80%2549,671
SAVOY73.70%2376
SCITUATE55.70%2307,336
SEEKONK66.50%246,429
SHARON57.50%1907,154
SHEFFIELD55.00%2461,220
SHELBURNE60.30%123832
SHERBORN54.90%2521,687
SHIRLEY64.10%432,550
SHREWSBURY55.30%24112,375
SHUTESBURY47.50%317678
SOMERSET50.40%3026,832
SOMERVILLE40.10%34417,327
SOUTHAMPTON61.20%1002,490
SOUTHBOROUGH58.00%1773,919
SOUTHBRIDGE52.40%2846,322
SOUTH HADLEY55.10%2446,076
SOUTHWICK52.80%2793,288
SPENCER59.80%1504,651
SPRINGFIELD38.60%34535,417
STERLING62.70%633,578
STOCKBRIDGE44.70%327664
STONEHAM54.20%2628,204
STOUGHTON54.30%2599,564
STOW60.90%1092,904
STURBRIDGE56.40%2123,634
SUDBURY54.70%2556,581
SUNDERLAND53.80%2691,280
SUTTON66.80%214,507
SWAMPSCOTT55.00%2465,653
SWANSEA55.80%2266,535
TAUNTON56.10%21818,508
TEMPLETON65.20%313,286
TEWKSBURY58.00%17711,866
TISBURY52.20%2861,663
TOLLAND56.80%205193
TOPSFIELD61.20%1002,658
TOWNSEND65.30%304,054
TRURO54.20%262930
TYNGSBOROUGH62.40%715,052
TYRINGHAM58.70%167176
UPTON63.30%543,137
UXBRIDGE61.20%1006,092
WAKEFIELD55.00%2469,234
WALES65.60%28843
WALPOLE60.30%1239,861
WALTHAM53.80%26918,895
WARE54.60%2563,487
WAREHAM59.90%1459,155
WARREN59.60%1511,845
WARWICK63.30%54340
WASHINGTON59.40%157258
WATERTOWN45.60%3229,783
WAYLAND57.20%1935,777
WEBSTER57.20%1936,625
WELLESLEY50.60%3019,070
WELLFLEET49.60%3061,279
WENDELL62.60%66426
WENHAM54.60%2561,518
WESTBOROUGH56.50%2096,447
WEST BOYLSTON64.30%403,178
WEST BRIDGEWATER60.30%1233,062
WEST BROOKFIELD60.90%1091,585
WESTFIELD50.40%30211,886
WESTFORD61.60%899,415
WESTHAMPTON70.30%9860
WESTMINSTER63.00%603,450
WEST NEWBURY54.30%2591,773
WESTON55.40%2374,371
WESTPORT47.90%3135,610
WEST SPRINGFIELD52.60%2828,921
WEST STOCKBRIDGE57.40%191604
WEST TISBURY51.90%2911,200
WESTWOOD56.40%2125,779
WEYMOUTH55.10%24418,861
WHATELY55.50%236625
WHITMAN61.70%865,957
WILBRAHAM48.80%3115,036
WILLIAMSBURG54.60%2561,043
WILLIAMSTOWN46.90%3182,152
WILMINGTON59.40%1579,239
WINCHENDON62.20%744,216
WINCHESTER54.30%2598,015
WINDSOR64.80%34427
WINTHROP49.40%3095,472
WOBURN51.50%29312,940
WORCESTER44.70%32742,057
WORTHINGTON61.00%105559
WRENTHAM60.10%1344,572
YARMOUTH55.00%2469,918
SOURCE: State Elections Division