SNAPSHOT: COST OF cULTURE and rECREATION

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | Aug. 8, 2013
Communities, as part of the budget process, break out what they pay for many different items, including culture and recreations. Towns in Greater Boston and Cape Cod tend to pay more per resident than other communities around the state. Spending on culture and recreation includes money spent on the library, recreation, parks, Historical Commission, celebrations and other items, according to the state. The information is for fiscal 2012.
CommunityCulture and recreationRank
ABINGTON$35204
ACTON$8842
ACUSHNET$25274
ADAMS$5993
AGAWAM$40174
ALFORD$2337
AMESBURY$57105
AMHERST$7759
ANDOVER$13319
AQUINNAH$5962
ARLINGTON$7075
ASHBURNHAM$25275
ASHBY$27262
ASHFIELD$45148
ASHLAND$21293
ATHOL$43162
ATTLEBORO$57103
AUBURN$49135
AVON$8548
AYER$7856
BARNSTABLE$6584
BARRE$32219
BECKET$36201
BEDFORD$9836
BELCHERTOWN$48138
BELLINGHAM$37193
BELMONT$11428
BERKLEY$18307
BERLIN$42163
BERNARDSTON$31229
BEVERLY$7272
BILLERICA$41169
BLACKSTONE$50131
BLANDFORD$39184
BOLTON$7466
BOSTON$7465
BOURNE$31228
BOXBOROUGH$6879
BOXFORD$47144
BOYLSTON$40172
BRAINTREE$5998
BREWSTER$2746
BRIDGEWATER$19303
BRIMFIELD$27265
BROCKTON$21295
BROOKFIELD$36196
BROOKLINE$10332
BUCKLAND$31231
BURLINGTON$12222
CAMBRIDGE$15913
CANTON$6781
CARLISLE$13220
CARVER$31234
CHARLEMONT$17311
CHARLTON$30247
CHATHAM$2318
CHELMSFORD$50125
CHELSEA$9328
CHESHIRE$7332
CHESTER$20298
CHESTERFIELD$22290
CHICOPEE$6582
CHILMARKNANA
CLARKSBURG$35202
CLINTON$37195
COHASSET$8351
COLRAIN$28260
CONCORD$11527
CONWAY$11325
CUMMINGTON$12324
DALTON$36199
DANVERS$7369
DARTMOUTH$34212
DEDHAMNANA
DEERFIELD$40179
DENNIS$19312
DIGHTON$30239
DOUGLAS$25271
DOVER$15515
DRACUT$30246
DUDLEY$17312
DUNSTABLE$54118
DUXBURY$11826
EAST BRIDGEWATER$32225
EAST BROOKFIELD$41167
EASTHAM$12223
EASTHAMPTON$31227
EAST LONGMEADOW$52120
EASTON$20301
EDGARTOWN$21710
EGREMONT$41170
ERVING$48136
ESSEX$28258
EVERETT$23281
FAIRHAVEN$56107
FALL RIVER$25277
FALMOUTH$8547
FITCHBURG$22289
FLORIDA$27263
FOXBOROUGH$58100
FRAMINGHAM$7854
FRANKLIN$29250
FREETOWN$12323
GARDNER$51124
GEORGETOWN$41168
GILL$16313
GLOUCESTER$25277
GOSHEN$14319
GOSNOLDNANA
GRAFTON$40176
GRANBY$20302
GRANVILLE$23284
GREAT BARRINGTON$7662
GREENFIELD$36198
GROTON$12621
GROVELAND$31226
HADLEY$40173
HALIFAX$44153
HAMILTON$8646
HAMPDEN$24280
HANCOCK$7331
HANOVER$39183
HANSON$20299
HARDWICK$42165
HARVARD$8841
HARWICH$2567
HATFIELDNANA
HAVERHILL$18306
HAWLEY$10326
HEATH$51121
HINGHAM$6585
HINSDALENANA
HOLBROOK$27264
HOLDEN$43159
HOLLAND$15316
HOLLISTON$38188
HOLYOKE$40177
HOPEDALE$50130
HOPKINTON$23283
HUBBARDSTONNANA
HUDSON$51122
HULL$25273
HUNTINGTON$37194
IPSWICH$48137
KINGSTON$6190
LAKEVILLE$26268
LANCASTER$36200
LANESBOROUGH$32221
LAWRENCE$17310
LEE$55113
LEICESTER$15318
LENOX$9935
LEOMINSTER$43161
LEVERETT$45149
LEXINGTON$9439
LEYDEN$31233
LINCOLN$2229
LITTLETON$6878
LONGMEADOW$7371
LOWELL$30241
LUDLOW$31237
LUNENBURG$38191
LYNN$13321
LYNNFIELD$56111
MALDEN$32224
MANCHESTER$11925
MANSFIELD$29255
MARBLEHEAD$8840
MARION$55114
MARLBOROUGH$29256
MARSHFIELD$29249
MASHPEE$48139
MATTAPOISETT$58101
MAYNARD$50126
MEDFIELD$7857
MEDFORD$21294
MEDWAY$31230
MELROSE$7076
MENDON$40182
MERRIMAC$38192
METHUEN$26269
MIDDLEBOROUGH$34210
MIDDLEFIELD$15317
MIDDLETON$50128
MILFORD$5996
MILLBURY$32223
MILLIS$43160
MILLVILLE$5335
MILTON$52119
MONROE$10327
MONSON$6287
MONTAGUE$56110
MONTEREY$10133
MONTGOMERYNANA
MOUNT WASHINGTONNANA
NAHANT$5997
NANTUCKET$11329
NATICK$7761
NEEDHAM$6583
NEW ASHFORDNANA
NEW BEDFORD$35207
NEW BRAINTREE$18305
NEWBURY$28259
NEWBURYPORT$7563
NEW MARLBOROUGH$55112
NEW SALEM$49133
NEWTON$10034
NORFOLK$46145
NORTH ADAMS$39186
NORTHAMPTON$56109
NORTH ANDOVER$29252
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH$33218
NORTHBOROUGH$5995
NORTHBRIDGE$7333
NORTH BROOKFIELD$23286
NORTHFIELD$51123
NORTH READING$33217
NORTON$19304
NORWELL$57106
NORWOOD$7760
OAK BLUFFS$9538
OAKHAM$31235
ORANGE$26267
ORLEANS$2915
OTIS$8350
OXFORD$29254
PALMER$7174
PAXTON$43158
PEABODY$6188
PELHAM$32222
PEMBROKE$43157
PEPPERELL$40175
PERU$9329
PETERSHAM$12322
PHILLIPSTON$23287
PITTSFIELD$35206
PLAINFIELD$26270
PLAINVILLE$22288
PLYMOUTH$39185
PLYMPTON$45151
PRINCETON$47140
PROVINCETOWN$14418
QUINCY$54117
RANDOLPH$21291
RAYNHAM$33216
READING$7855
REHOBOTH$17309
REVERE$16314
RICHMOND$42166
ROCHESTER$38190
ROCKLAND$32219
ROCKPORT$7853
ROWE$5813
ROWLEY$40181
ROYALSTON$40178
RUSSELL$29251
RUTLAND$23282
SALEM$55116
SALISBURY$21292
SANDISFIELD$28261
SANDWICH$58102
SAUGUS$30245
SAVOY$3336
SCITUATE$56108
SEEKONK$5994
SHARON$6092
SHEFFIELD$50131
SHELBURNE$40180
SHERBORN$15514
SHIRLEY$29253
SHREWSBURY$44156
SHUTESBURY$30243
SOMERSET$36197
SOMERVILLE$29248
SOUTHAMPTON$20300
SOUTHBOROUGH$50127
SOUTHBRIDGE$28257
SOUTH HADLEY$57104
SOUTHWICK$44155
SPENCER$34214
SPRINGFIELD$8052
STERLINGNANA
STOCKBRIDGE$8843
STONEHAM$7468
STOUGHTON$39187
STOW$44152
STURBRIDGE$46146
SUDBURY$7370
SUNDERLAND$30239
SUTTON$18308
SWAMPSCOTT$47142
SWANSEA$21295
TAUNTON$35202
TEMPLETONNANA
TEWKSBURY$34213
TISBURY$12024
TOLLANDNANA
TOPSFIELD$11230
TOWNSEND$23285
TRURO$6671
TYNGSBOROUGH$30242
TYRINGHAM$8330
UPTON$30244
UXBRIDGE$34211
WAKEFIELD$46146
WALES$31238
WALPOLE$6880
WALTHAM$55115
WARE$35209
WAREHAM$20297
WARREN$42164
WARWICK$35208
WASHINGTON$24279
WATERTOWN$8645
WAYLAND$15016
WEBSTERNANA
WELLESLEY$9737
WELLFLEET$2994
WENDELL$41171
WENHAM$14617
WESTBOROUGH$6189
WEST BOYLSTON$38188
WEST BRIDGEWATER$8449
WEST BROOKFIELD$6191
WESTFIELD$25275
WESTFORD$7758
WESTHAMPTON$47143
WESTMINSTER$50129
WEST NEWBURY$7077
WESTON$10631
WESTPORT$13320
WEST SPRINGFIELD$47141
WEST STOCKBRIDGE$31232
WEST TISBURY$19811
WESTWOOD$8744
WEYMOUTH$31236
WHATELY$33215
WHITMAN$25272
WILBRAHAM$5999
WILLIAMSBURG$49134
WILLIAMSTOWN$6386
WILMINGTON$7273
WINCHENDON$16315
WINCHESTER$7467
WINDSOR$5334
WINTHROP$26266
WOBURN$44153
WORCESTER$45150
WORTHINGTONNANA
WRENTHAM$35205
YARMOUTH$7464
SOURCE: Department of Revenue