snapshot: firefighters costs per person, 2012

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | July 11, 2013
The chart shows the amount of money per resident for firefighting, in fiscal 2012. A number of summer communities, with low regular populations but high seasonal population, dominate the list. Rural communities tend ot have lower costs. The data is from the Department of Revenue.
CommunityFire costs per person, 2012Rank
ABINGTON$106158
ACTON$115142
ACUSHNET$38254
ADAMS$1325
AGAWAM$121133
ALFORD$48229
AMESBURY$15973
AMHERST$102168
ANDOVER$19628
AQUINNAH$103164
ARLINGTONnana
ASHBURNHAM$82186
ASHBY$47232
ASHFIELD$30269
ASHLAND$123129
ATHOL$14892
ATTLEBORO$136109
AUBURN$134112
AVON$23014
AYER$15876
BARNSTABLEnana
BARRE$32266
BECKET$21300
BEDFORD$16662
BELCHERTOWN$27282
BELLINGHAM$106160
BELMONT$15287
BERKLEY$21303
BERLIN$71200
BERNARDSTON$36258
BEVERLY$136107
BILLERICA$16071
BLACKSTONE$97173
BLANDFORD$21300
BOLTON$25292
BOSTON$2885
BOURNE$15386
BOXBOROUGH$14893
BOXFORD$50226
BOYLSTON$65209
BRAINTREE$19726
BREWSTER$17353
BRIDGEWATER$124126
BRIMFIELD$30271
BROCKTON$20223
BROOKFIELD$17311
BROOKLINE$22216
BUCKLANDnana
BURLINGTON$24710
CAMBRIDGE$21917
CANTON$18340
CARLISLE$52224
CARVER$36259
CHARLEMONT$33263
CHARLTON$103166
CHATHAM$3642
CHELMSFORD$127121
CHELSEA$16761
CHESHIRE$8322
CHESTER$29273
CHESTERFIELD$16317
CHICOPEE$14694
CHILMARKnana
CLARKSBURG$8322
CLINTON$111148
COHASSET$2727
COLRAIN$20304
CONCORD$19330
CONWAY$19308
CUMMINGTON$18310
DALTONnana
DANVERS$15877
DARTMOUTHnana
DEDHAMnana
DEERFIELDnana
DENNIS$2499
DIGHTON$95175
DOUGLAS$27283
DOVER$74197
DRACUT$100171
DUDLEY$45236
DUNSTABLE$26287
DUXBURY$15974
EAST BRIDGEWATER$134113
EAST BROOKFIELD$59217
EASTHAM$3114
EASTHAMPTON$123128
EAST LONGMEADOW$43241
EASTON$126123
EDGARTOWN$91177
EGREMONT$56219
ERVING$68204
ESSEX$66207
EVERETT$19033
FAIRHAVEN$118137
FALL RIVER$118136
FALMOUTH$17155
FITCHBURG$131116
FLORIDA$64211
FOXBOROUGH$16072
FRAMINGHAM$17946
FRANKLIN$133114
FREETOWN$103164
GARDNER$107157
GEORGETOWN$49228
GILL$40246
GLOUCESTER$18637
GOSHEN$39249
GOSNOLDnana
GRAFTON$25292
GRANBY$26291
GRANVILLE$17311
GREAT BARRINGTON$46235
GREENFIELD$83184
GROTON$70202
GROVELAND$28280
HADLEY$41245
HALIFAX$102167
HAMILTON$61214
HAMPDEN$14320
HANCOCK$42242
HANOVER$16167
HANSON$14496
HARDWICK$39247
HARVARD$16316
HARWICH$2826
HATFIELDnana
HAVERHILL$15779
HAWLEY$39249
HEATH$26290
HINGHAM$18735
HINSDALEnana
HOLBROOK$18439
HOLDEN$59216
HOLLAND$26289
HOLLISTON$42243
HOLYOKE$18044
HOPEDALE$96174
HOPKINTON$126124
HUBBARDSTONnana
HUDSON$139102
HULL$23813
HUNTINGTON$26288
IPSWICH$111149
KINGSTON$15581
LAKEVILLE$81187
LANCASTER$28278
LANESBOROUGH$23299
LAWRENCE$115142
LEE$16314
LEICESTER$20307
LENOX$41244
LEOMINSTER$15580
LEVERETT$53222
LEXINGTON$16266
LEYDEN$29276
LINCOLN$15482
LITTLETON$83183
LONGMEADOW$111147
LOWELL$14497
LUDLOW$85181
LUNENBURG$71199
LYNN$17847
LYNNFIELD$87180
MALDEN$142101
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA$19727
MANSFIELD$121132
MARBLEHEAD$136108
MARION$91177
MARLBOROUGH$17352
MARSHFIELD$16957
MASHPEE$21718
MATTAPOISETT$49227
MAYNARD$15975
MEDFIELD$79192
MEDFORD$15485
MEDWAY$32265
MELROSE$107156
MENDON$105162
MERRIMAC$56220
METHUEN$15483
MIDDLEBOROUGH$109154
MIDDLEFIELD$7324
MIDDLETON$16069
MILFORD$119134
MILLBURY$48231
MILLIS$100169
MILLVILLE$81189
MILTON$16859
MONROE$39248
MONSON$16315
MONTAGUEnana
MONTEREY$138104
MONTGOMERYnana
MOUNT WASHINGTONnana
NAHANT$19629
NANTUCKET$20822
NATICK$21619
NEEDHAM$19824
NEW ASHFORD$74198
NEW BEDFORD$115140
NEW BRAINTREE$47234
NEWBURY$70203
NEWBURYPORT$17551
NEW MARLBOROUGH$64210
NEW SALEM$75194
NEWTON$16068
NORFOLK$110151
NORTH ADAMS$67206
NORTHAMPTON$109153
NORTH ANDOVER$15287
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH$124127
NORTHBOROUGH$83182
NORTHBRIDGE$44240
NORTH BROOKFIELD$23298
NORTHFIELD$26284
NORTH READING$16957
NORTON$14695
NORWELL$17847
NORWOOD$18241
OAK BLUFFS$45238
OAKHAM$27281
ORANGE$122130
ORLEANS$3503
OTIS$28278
OXFORDnana
PALMERnana
PAXTON$47233
PEABODY$14498
PELHAM$55221
PEMBROKE$126122
PEPPERELL$21300
PERU$34262
PETERSHAM$30270
PHILLIPSTON$70201
PITTSFIELD$111150
PLAINFIELD$35261
PLAINVILLE$19331
PLYMOUTH$15091
PLYMPTON$48229
PRINCETON$66208
PROVINCETOWN$137106
QUINCY$19825
RANDOLPH$143100
RAYNHAM$15089
READING$15483
REHOBOTH$29273
REVERE$128120
RICHMOND$39252
ROCHESTER$28277
ROCKLAND$14499
ROCKPORT$36257
ROWE$105161
ROWLEY$68205
ROYALSTON$45237
RUSSELL$53223
RUTLAND$24297
SALEM$17156
SALISBURY$131116
SANDISFIELD$62213
SANDWICH$18934
SAUGUS$131115
SAVOY$17313
SCITUATE$22715
SEEKONK$130119
SHARON$138103
SHEFFIELD$20305
SHELBURNEnana
SHERBORN$106159
SHIRLEY$29273
SHREWSBURY$81188
SHUTESBURY$51225
SOMERSET$100170
SOMERVILLE$18735
SOUTHAMPTON$31267
SOUTHBOROUGH$18043
SOUTHBRIDGE$113146
SOUTH HADLEYnana
SOUTHWICK$32264
SPENCER$31268
SPRINGFIELD$115140
STERLINGnana
STOCKBRIDGE$39251
STONEHAM$108155
STOUGHTON$125125
STOW$81191
STURBRIDGE$104163
SUDBURY$17945
SUNDERLAND$20306
SUTTON$37255
SWAMPSCOTT$21121
SWANSEA$37255
TAUNTON$16760
TEMPLETONnana
TEWKSBURY$134111
TISBURY$56218
TOLLANDnana
TOPSFIELD$93176
TOWNSEND$81190
TRURO$119135
TYNGSBOROUGH$45239
TYRINGHAM$77193
UPTON$75195
UXBRIDGE$36259
WAKEFIELD$138105
WALES$11321
WALPOLE$136109
WALTHAM$21620
WARE$82185
WAREHAMnana
WARREN$39253
WARWICK$29272
WASHINGTON$24295
WATERTOWN$18638
WAYLAND$17650
WEBSTERnana
WELLESLEY$16364
WELLFLEET$4151
WENDELL$14318
WENHAM$98172
WESTBOROUGH$18142
WEST BOYLSTON$74196
WEST BRIDGEWATER$24711
WEST BROOKFIELD$26286
WESTFIELD$118138
WESTFORD$121131
WESTHAMPTON$26285
WESTMINSTER$114144
WEST NEWBURY$63212
WESTON$2508
WESTPORT$110151
WEST SPRINGFIELD$15090
WEST STOCKBRIDGE$14318
WEST TISBURY$89179
WESTWOOD$19132
WEYMOUTH$130118
WHATELY$24296
WHITMAN$16265
WILBRAHAM$113145
WILLIAMSBURG$25294
WILLIAMSTOWNnana
WILMINGTON$15877
WINCHENDON$61215
WINCHESTER$16563
WINDSOR$18309
WINTHROP$116139
WOBURN$17254
WORCESTER$17649
WORTHINGTONnana
WRENTHAM$16070
YARMOUTH$24312
SOURCE: Department of Revenue