snapshot: Expenditures per person, 2012

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | June 20, 2013
The state annually releases information that shows how much each town spends in general expenditures per person. This includes money spent on education, fire, and police, among other items. In general, communities in Greater Boston spend more per person than those in central and western Mass. Topping the list is the tiny town of Aquinnah; at the bottom was Adams. The data, from the Department of Revenue, is for fiscal 2012.
CommunityTotal expenditures per person, fiscal 2012Rank
ABINGTON$2,315215
ACTON$3,47448
ACUSHNET$2,120251
ADAMS$1,010337
AGAWAM$2,581158
ALFORD$2,250227
AMESBURY$2,93192
AMHERST$1,654314
ANDOVER$3,45650
AQUINNAH$8,2061
ARLINGTON$1,844290
ASHBURNHAM$2,027266
ASHBY$1,695309
ASHFIELD$1,965273
ASHLAND$2,659145
ATHOL$1,341329
ATTLEBORO$2,095255
AUBURN$2,440184
AVON$3,45051
AYER$2,484174
BARNSTABLE$2,445182
BARRE$1,527323
BECKET$2,665143
BEDFORD$5,02412
BELCHERTOWN$2,787111
BELLINGHAM$2,403191
BELMONT$2,464179
BERKLEY$2,380199
BERLIN$3,06381
BERNARDSTON$1,697308
BEVERLY$2,026268
BILLERICA$2,733121
BLACKSTONE$1,658312
BLANDFORD$2,137247
BOLTON$3,83733
BOSTON$3,51547
BOURNE$2,300218
BOXBOROUGH$3,76337
BOXFORD$2,838106
BOYLSTON$2,689135
BRAINTREE$2,497172
BREWSTER$3,31658
BRIDGEWATER$1,510324
BRIMFIELD$2,097254
BROCKTON$2,630149
BROOKFIELD$1,983272
BROOKLINE$3,28862
BUCKLAND$1,578320
BURLINGTON$3,63742
CAMBRIDGE$3,61343
CANTON$2,681140
CARLISLE$4,75115
CARVER$2,584157
CHARLEMONT$1,842291
CHARLTON$1,548322
CHATHAM$4,70917
CHELMSFORD$2,95789
CHELSEA$2,702130
CHESHIRE$1,331330
CHESTER$1,983271
CHESTERFIELD$2,166240
CHICOPEE$2,100253
CHILMARKnana
CLARKSBURG$1,618315
CLINTON$2,407190
COHASSET$4,63618
COLRAIN$1,580319
CONCORD$4,05828
CONWAY$2,392194
CUMMINGTON$1,697307
DALTON$1,776299
DANVERS$2,825107
DARTMOUTH$1,839293
DEDHAMnana
DEERFIELD$2,142246
DENNIS$2,735120
DIGHTON$2,040264
DOUGLAS$2,755117
DOVER$4,85813
DRACUT$1,874285
DUDLEY$1,121335
DUNSTABLE$2,165241
DUXBURY$3,12674
EAST BRIDGEWATER$2,699133
EAST BROOKFIELD$1,839292
EASTHAM$3,57644
EASTHAMPTON$2,052262
EAST LONGMEADOW$3,72838
EASTON$2,686136
EDGARTOWN$6,8453
EGREMONT$2,419187
ERVING$4,71016
ESSEX$3,25663
EVERETT$2,90895
FAIRHAVEN$2,299220
FALL RIVER$1,824295
FALMOUTH$3,16073
FITCHBURG$2,026267
FLORIDA$3,40554
FOXBOROUGH$3,08278
FRAMINGHAM$2,556161
FRANKLIN$2,863102
FREETOWN$2,044263
GARDNER$1,892281
GEORGETOWN$2,549162
GILL$1,700306
GLOUCESTER$2,619151
GOSHEN$2,150242
GOSNOLDnana
GRAFTON$2,364204
GRANBY$2,300219
GRANVILLE$2,524166
GREAT BARRINGTON$2,623150
GREENFIELD$2,356206
GROTON$2,579159
GROVELAND$1,602316
HADLEY$2,457180
HALIFAX$2,329213
HAMILTON$2,727125
HAMPDEN$1,833294
HANCOCK$1,116336
HANOVER$3,24964
HANSON$1,766301
HARDWICK$1,430328
HARVARD$1,562321
HARWICH$4,04729
HATFIELDnana
HAVERHILL$2,192237
HAWLEY$2,082257
HEATH$2,377200
HINGHAM$3,30860
HINSDALEnana
HOLBROOK$2,434185
HOLDEN$2,066260
HOLLAND$2,193236
HOLLISTON$3,31259
HOLYOKE$2,602154
HOPEDALE$3,00285
HOPKINTON$3,84432
HUBBARDSTONnana
HUDSON$3,02683
HULL$2,858103
HUNTINGTON$1,756302
IPSWICH$2,872101
KINGSTON$2,722126
LAKEVILLE$1,945276
LANCASTER$1,951274
LANESBOROUGH$2,98387
LAWRENCE$2,90797
LEE$2,520169
LEICESTER$2,285224
LENOX$2,533163
LEOMINSTER$2,121250
LEVERETT$2,770116
LEXINGTON$3,83634
LEYDEN$1,894280
LINCOLN$3,29561
LITTLETON$3,51746
LONGMEADOW$2,752118
LOWELL$2,364203
LUDLOW$2,335209
LUNENBURG$2,730123
LYNN$2,805109
LYNNFIELD$3,39555
MALDEN$2,057261
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA$4,11125
MANSFIELD$3,05382
MARBLEHEAD$2,90598
MARION$3,24765
MARLBOROUGH$2,501170
MARSHFIELD$2,874100
MASHPEE$3,43652
MATTAPOISETT$3,19671
MAYNARD$2,91193
MEDFIELD$3,80436
MEDFORDna338
MEDWAY$3,17572
MELROSE$2,228232
MENDON$2,233230
MERRIMAC$1,776300
METHUEN$2,394193
MIDDLEBOROUGH$2,715128
MIDDLEFIELD$2,135248
MIDDLETON$2,600155
MILFORD$2,647147
MILLBURY$2,448181
MILLIS$2,798110
MILLVILLE$1,446327
MILTON$2,473177
MONROE$2,678141
MONSON$3,71339
MONTAGUE$1,809296
MONTEREY$3,11276
MONTGOMERYnana
MOUNT WASHINGTONnana
NAHANT$2,237229
NANTUCKET$4,44019
NATICK$3,23167
NEEDHAM$3,64141
NEW ASHFORD$2,421186
NEW BEDFORD$2,146244
NEW BRAINTREE$1,732304
NEWBURY$2,383198
NEWBURYPORT$2,98886
NEW MARLBOROUGH$2,702131
NEW SALEM$2,229231
NEWTON$2,784112
NORFOLK$2,732122
NORTH ADAMS$2,024269
NORTHAMPTON$2,490173
NORTH ANDOVER$2,365202
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH$2,473176
NORTHBOROUGH$3,06679
NORTHBRIDGE$3,31957
NORTH BROOKFIELD$2,250228
NORTHFIELD$1,872286
NORTH READING$3,22968
NORTON$2,392196
NORWELL$3,82935
NORWOOD$3,42453
OAK BLUFFS$5,12410
OAKHAM$1,447326
ORANGE$2,169239
ORLEANS$3,97930
OTIS$2,743119
OXFORD$2,350208
PALMER$2,199235
PAXTON$2,145245
PEABODY$2,264226
PELHAM$2,619152
PEMBROKE$2,685138
PEPPERELL$1,602317
PERU$1,880283
PETERSHAM$2,499171
PHILLIPSTON$1,689311
PITTSFIELD$2,188238
PLAINFIELD$2,330211
PLAINVILLE$4,29523
PLYMOUTH$2,352207
PLYMPTON$2,701132
PRINCETON$2,372201
PROVINCETOWN$5,7165
QUINCY$2,565160
RANDOLPH$2,392195
RAYNHAM$2,264225
READING$3,96731
REHOBOTH$1,753303
REVERE$1,855288
RICHMOND$2,720127
ROCHESTER$3,22169
ROCKLAND$2,391197
ROCKPORT$2,93191
ROWE$7,6252
ROWLEY$2,475175
ROYALSTON$1,207334
RUSSELL$1,776298
RUTLAND$1,891282
SALEM$2,671142
SALISBURY$2,201234
SANDISFIELD$2,693134
SANDWICH$3,06580
SAUGUS$2,415188
SAVOY$2,150243
SCITUATE$2,95190
SEEKONK$2,90994
SHARON$3,38656
SHEFFIELD$2,524165
SHELBURNE$1,600318
SHERBORN$5,3639
SHIRLEY$1,305331
SHREWSBURY$2,470178
SHUTESBURY$2,839105
SOMERSET$2,604153
SOMERVILLE$2,032265
SOUTHAMPTON$2,287221
SOUTHBOROUGH$4,34221
SOUTHBRIDGE$2,524167
SOUTH HADLEY$2,131249
SOUTHWICK$1,781297
SPENCER$1,219333
SPRINGFIELD$3,20870
STERLINGnana
STOCKBRIDGE$2,98088
STONEHAM$2,587156
STOUGHTON$2,317214
STOW$3,24566
STURBRIDGE$2,88299
SUDBURY$4,30722
SUNDERLAND$1,724305
SUTTON$2,775113
SWAMPSCOTT$3,46649
SWANSEA$2,073259
TAUNTON$2,636148
TEMPLETONnana
TEWKSBURY$2,772115
TISBURY$5,3868
TOLLANDnana
TOPSFIELD$4,25324
TOWNSEND$1,658313
TRURO$6,5054
TYNGSBOROUGH$2,686137
TYRINGHAM$3,12275
UPTON$2,212233
UXBRIDGE$2,657146
WAKEFIELD$2,307216
WALES$1,912279
WALPOLE$2,816108
WALTHAM$2,357205
WARE$2,531164
WAREHAM$2,118252
WARREN$1,300332
WARWICK$2,077258
WASHINGTON$1,879284
WATERTOWN$2,305217
WAYLAND$4,75814
WEBSTERnana
WELLESLEY$4,07227
WELLFLEET$5,6537
WENDELL$1,946275
WENHAM$2,856104
WESTBOROUGH$4,07326
WEST BOYLSTON$2,442183
WEST BRIDGEWATER$3,10077
WEST BROOKFIELD$1,452325
WESTFIELD$2,285223
WESTFORD$3,68840
WESTHAMPTON$2,663144
WESTMINSTER$2,330212
WEST NEWBURY$2,521168
WESTON$5,7116
WESTPORT$2,004270
WEST SPRINGFIELD$2,727124
WEST STOCKBRIDGE$2,684139
WEST TISBURY$5,11111
WESTWOOD$4,40720
WEYMOUTH$1,935277
WHATELY$2,773114
WHITMAN$1,693310
WILBRAHAM$2,287222
WILLIAMSBURG$2,093256
WILLIAMSTOWN$1,931278
WILMINGTON$3,00484
WINCHENDON$2,335210
WINCHESTER$3,56645
WINDSOR$1,861287
WINTHROP$1,847289
WOBURN$2,704129
WORCESTER$2,409189
WORTHINGTONnana
WRENTHAM$2,90896
YARMOUTH$2,400192
SOURCE: Department of Revenue