By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | May 30, 2013
Looking at the percent of voters who are part of community's population can provide a quick, rough measure of civic engagement. Smaller communities tended to do better than urban areas. (A handful of tiny towns had percents above 100 because the voter data and Census data are collected in different ways.) The voter data from the Secretary of state's office is from 2012. The Census data is from 2010.
CommunityRegistered votersRegistered voters as percent of population 2012 Rank
ABINGTON1090268.2248
ACTON1439865.7286
ACUSHNET747872.6140
ADAMS598070.5200
AGAWAM2136575.185
ALFORD37275.382
AMESBURY1120368.8236
AMHERST2242559.3329
ANDOVER2349070.8189
AQUINNAH3981282
ARLINGTON3061671.5173
ASHBURNHAM426670.2205
ASHBY237577.356
ASHFIELD135978.242
ASHLAND1073564.7299
ATHOL666157.5336
ATTLEBORO2728062.6317
AUBURN1178472.8131
AVON306570.4201
AYER496166.8266
BARNSTABLE3292372.8131
BARRE351865.2292
BECKET135476.168
BEDFORD984273.9102
BELCHERTOWN973266.4279
BELLINGHAM1079566.1280
BELMONT1782172.1159
BERKLEY442469232
BERLIN210373.4115
BERNARDSTON150470.6196
BEVERLY2578065.3291
BILLERICA2621665.1295
BLACKSTONE627369.5223
BLANDFORD84268.3245
BOLTON351971.9164
BOSTON38704062.7315
BOURNE1364569.1229
BOXBOROUGH358271.7168
BOXFORD603075.775
BOYLSTON316272.6140
BRAINTREE2512470.3202
BREWSTER819883.516
BRIDGEWATER1578759.4327
BRIMFIELD261872.5145
BROCKTON5503958.7331
BROOKFIELD226166.7272
BROOKLINE4035368.7242
BUCKLAND133069.9211
BURLINGTON1712369.9211
CAMBRIDGE6935766282
CANTON1550671.9164
CARLISLE393381.123
CARVER817671185
CHARLEMONT80063.2312
CHARLTON951473.3118
CHATHAM560391.58
CHELMSFORD2450472.5145
CHELSEA1427140.6351
CHESHIRE233572.2154
CHESTER89166.6274
CHESTERFIELD88872.7136
CHICOPEE3576164.7299
CHILMARK902104.23
CLARKSBURG113566.7272
CLINTON936368.8236
COHASSET582977.356
COLRAIN118570.9188
CommunityRegistered votersRegistered voters as percent of population 2012 Rank
CONCORD1301273.6113
CONWAY154781.521
CUMMINGTON67977.945
DALTON466769.1229
DANVERS1896371.6172
DARTMOUTH2410470.8189
DEDHAM1789972.4150
DEERFIELD367671.7168
DENNIS1176282.820
DIGHTON486068.6244
DOUGLAS619473.1124
DOVER418474.988
DRACUT2006568.1252
DUDLEY714562.7315
DUNSTABLE223070.1209
DUXBURY1147076.265
EAST BRIDGEWATER962369.8214
EAST BROOKFIELD147967.8253
EASTHAM426986.111
EASTHAMPTON1192174.397
EAST LONGMEADOW1131872163
EASTON1596569.1229
EDGARTOWN32938124
EGREMONT98280.229
ERVING110761.5321
ESSEX272577.847
EVERETT1990347.8350
FAIRHAVEN1096069232
FALL RIVER5055656.9338
FALMOUTH2537680.527
FITCHBURG2190554.3344
FLORIDA53871.5173
FOXBOROUGH1218972.3153
FRAMINGHAM3694854.1345
FRANKLIN2103866.5275
FREETOWN635771.7168
GARDNER1180958.4333
GEORGETOWN620275.872
GILL109873.2120
GLOUCESTER2091072.6140
GOSHEN75671.7168
GOSNOLD1441921
GRAFTON1236469.6218
GRANBY453872.7136
GRANVILLE116974.693
GREAT BARRINGTON460664.8298
GREENFIELD1160866.5275
GROTON782073.5114
GROVELAND471673127
HADLEY389474.299
HALIFAX536271.3178
HAMILTON583775.283
HAMPDEN363570.7192
HANCOCK52573.2120
HANOVER974370.2205
HANSON701368.7242
HARDWICK173658.1334
HARVARD428765.8283
HARWICH1045285.413
HATFIELD256778.341
HAVERHILL4340071.3178
HAWLEY24973.9102
HEATH50972.1159
HINGHAM1697476.662
HINSDALE141769.7216
HOLBROOK709265.7286
HOLDEN1291274.494
HOLLAND186475.185
HOLLISTON1050777.650
HOLYOKE2578164.6302
HOPEDALE395166.8266
HOPKINTON1039569.6218
HUBBARDSTON317972.5145
HUDSON1287867.6257
HULL821179.833
HUNTINGTON143365.7286
IPSWICH1050179.734
KINGSTON893470.7192
LAKEVILLE776573.2120
LANCASTER480759.7326
LANESBOROUGH220571.3178
LAWRENCE4049353346
LEE408668.8236
LEICESTER748068.2248
LENOX381175.872
LEOMINSTER2627764.5306
LEVERETT149380.725
LEXINGTON2217470.6196
LEYDEN55878.539
LINCOLN454671.5173
LITTLETON645872.4150
LONGMEADOW1220677.356
LOWELL5468351.3348
LUDLOW1363464.6302
LUNENBURG734572.8131
LYNN5057856343
LYNNFIELD92798031
MALDEN3096852.1347
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA417381.222
MANSFIELD1525065.8283
MARBLEHEAD1537577.650
MARION392279.932
MARLBOROUGH2173756.5340
MARSHFIELD1882474.988
MASHPEE1058675.679
MATTAPOISETT505483.615
MAYNARD725571.8166
MEDFIELD853371185
MEDFORD3753966.8266
MEDWAY929172.9129
MELROSE1955272.5145
MENDON426873.1124
MERRIMAC460672.7136
METHUEN3073665296
MIDDLEBOROUGH1606069.5223
MIDDLEFIELD35668.3245
MIDDLETON580564.6302
MILFORD1779163.5309
MILLBURY912268.8236
MILLIS569972.2154
MILLVILLE203863.9308
MILTON1959272.6140
MONROE6856.2342
MONSON566166.1280
MONTAGUE586669.5223
MONTEREY74477.454
MONTGOMERY61473.3118
MOUNT WASHINGTON12574.988
NAHANT266578.242
NANTUCKET84438319
NATICK2433073.7111
NEEDHAM2134773.9102
NEW ASHFORD18380.328
NEW BEDFORD5351956.3341
NEW BRAINTREE72172.2154
NEWBURY521078.242
NEWBURYPORT1382779.436
NEW MARLBOROUGH113575.283
NEW SALEM73774.494
NEWTON5763967.7254
NORFOLK661858.9330
NORTH ADAMS911266.5275
NORTHAMPTON2080072.9129
NORTH ANDOVER1896866.9265
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH1932667.3261
NORTHBOROUGH1071775.775
NORTHBRIDGE1048966.8266
NORTH BROOKFIELD329070.3202
NORTHFIELD215371185
NORTH READING1097273.7111
NORTON1203963.3311
NORWELL778874.1101
NORWOOD2072372.5145
OAK BLUFFS348376.960
OAKHAM136571.8166
ORANGE481561.4322
ORLEANS542992.27
OTIS113270.2205
OXFORD893265.2292
PALMER829768.3245
PAXTON316165.8283
PEABODY3584969.9211
PELHAM102877.847
PEMBROKE1269971.2183
PEPPERELL820271.3178
PERU59970.7192
PETERSHAM96177.945
PHILLIPSTON117770210
PITTSFIELD3018267.5258
PLAINFIELD47373127
PLAINVILLE584570.7192
PLYMOUTH3927769.6218
PLYMPTON209474.397
PRINCETON273780.229
PROVINCETOWN2975101.14
QUINCY6344468.8236
RANDOLPH2029563.2312
RAYNHAM979773.2120
READING1758371.1184
REHOBOTH857673.9102
REVERE2629850.8349
RICHMOND116779.137
ROCHESTER406577.749
ROCKLAND1250571.5173
ROCKPORT578983.318
ROWE29073.8109
ROWLEY453377.454
ROYALSTON87769.7216
RUSSELL102357.6335
RUTLAND585673.4115
SALEM2848168.9234
SALISBURY597672.1159
SANDISFIELD61567.2263
SANDWICH1565975.775
SAUGUS1802467.7254
SAVOY46266.8266
SCITUATE137807670
SEEKONK963870.2205
SHARON1279972.7136
SHEFFIELD226769.6218
SHELBURNE137972.8131
SHERBORN314076.265
SHIRLEY409556.8339
SHREWSBURY2321665.2292
SHUTESBURY147783.417
SOMERSET1340673.8109
SOMERVILLE4904764.7299
SOUTHAMPTON428373.9102
SOUTHBOROUGH707172.4150
SOUTHBRIDGE1116866.8266
SOUTH HADLEY1121164307
SOUTHWICK640167.4259
SPENCER784367.1264
SPRINGFIELD9464161.8320
STERLING592075.872
STOCKBRIDGE154779.535
STONEHAM1528571.3178
STOUGHTON1815167.3261
STOW503276.464
STURBRIDGE663171.5173
SUDBURY1241270.3202
SUNDERLAND254068.9234
SUTTON683376.265
SWAMPSCOTT1025774.494
SWANSEA118927587
TAUNTON3528163.1314
TEMPLETON517464.6302
TEWKSBURY2150374.299
TISBURY338685.712
TOLLAND36775.775
TOPSFIELD470277.356
TOWNSEND621269.6218
TRURO176087.99
TYNGSBOROUGH826073.1124
TYRINGHAM31094.86
UPTON514268.2248
UXBRIDGE1014075.481
WAKEFIELD1729569.4226
WALES129770.6196
WALPOLE1705070.8189
WALTHAM3556558.7331
WARE641064.9297
WAREHAM1509169.2228
WARREN320362.4318
WARWICK56372.2154
WASHINGTON41276.662
WATERTOWN2251770.6196
WAYLAND988476.168
WEBSTER1163669.4226
WELLESLEY1894767.7254
WELLFLEET272198.95
WENDELL68480.725
WENHAM289459.4327
WESTBOROUGH1159863.5309
WEST BOYLSTON509966.5275
WEST BRIDGEWATER517774.988
WEST BROOKFIELD252468.2248
WESTFIELD2506161324
WESTFORD1611573.4115
WESTHAMPTON126078.440
WESTMINSTER55327670
WEST NEWBURY319975.580
WESTON817872.6140
WESTPORT1159874.792
WEST SPRINGFIELD1728760.9325
WEST STOCKBRIDGE111385.214
WEST TISBURY239487.410
WESTWOOD1063872.8131
WEYMOUTH3518165.5289
WHATELY117778.738
WHITMAN996668.8236
WILBRAHAM1050973.9102
WILLIAMSBURG192677.650
WILLIAMSTOWN481062319
WILMINGTON1558869.8214
WINCHENDON631161.3323
WINCHESTER1542672.2154
WINDSOR66473.9102
WINTHROP1145865.5289
WOBURN2570467.4259
WORCESTER10376757.3337
WORTHINGTON89777.650
WRENTHAM789972.1159
YARMOUTH1826076.761