Snapshot: Average tax bills, 2012

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | Oct. 25, 2012
Twelve communities in Massachusetts -- most in MetroWest -- have average tax bills of more than $10,000 a year. Topping the list is Weston, at more than $16,000, followed by Sherborn, Lincoln and Dover. Towns in the western part of the state had the lowest bills. The data, from the Department of revenue, is for fiscal 2012.
CommunityAverage tax bill, 2012State rank
ABINGTON$4,600117
ACTON$9,25916
ACUSHNET$3,306234
ADAMS$2,472305
AGAWAM$3,150244
ALFORD$2,946269
AMESBURY$5,85562
AMHERST$6,29351
ANDOVER$7,78633
AQUINNAHNANA
ARLINGTON$6,56547
ASHBURNHAM$3,757179
ASHBY$3,486218
ASHFIELD$3,483219
ASHLAND$5,95859
ATHOL$2,161313
ATTLEBORO$3,341233
AUBURN$3,547210
AVON$3,611197
AYER$3,558206
BARNSTABLENANA
BARRE$2,725290
BECKET$2,333309
BEDFORD$7,88330
BELCHERTOWN$4,039159
BELLINGHAM$3,589199
BELMONT$9,96413
BERKLEY$3,689184
BERLIN$5,58373
BERNARDSTON$3,480220
BEVERLY$5,43580
BILLERICA$4,366135
BLACKSTONE$4,081155
BLANDFORD$3,009260
BOLTON$9,02118
BOSTONNANA
BOURNE$3,550209
BOXBOROUGH$9,08017
BOXFORD$8,02128
BOYLSTON$5,71068
BRAINTREE$3,759178
BREWSTER$3,352232
BRIDGEWATER$4,663113
BRIMFIELD$3,364231
BROCKTON$3,108248
BROOKFIELD$3,533213
BROOKLINENANA
BUCKLAND$3,090251
BURLINGTON$4,403132
CAMBRIDGENANA
CANTON$5,52676
CARLISLE$11,9005
CARVER$4,050157
CHARLEMONT$3,169242
CHARLTON$3,044254
CHATHAM$3,536212
CHELMSFORD$5,65370
CHELSEANANA
CHESHIRE$2,018314
CHESTER$3,086252
CHESTERFIELD$3,425225
CHICOPEE$2,683296
CHILMARKNANA
CLARKSBURG$1,977316
CLINTON$3,274235
COHASSET$10,19911
COLRAIN$2,888279
CONWAY$4,194148
CUMMINGTON$2,726289
DALTON$3,589199
DANVERS$4,883101
DARTMOUTH$3,146245
DEDHAM$5,77065
DEERFIELD$3,471222
DENNIS$2,309310
DIGHTON$3,811174
DOUGLAS$3,664188
DOVER$12,3904
DRACUT$3,583203
DUDLEY$2,283311
DUNSTABLE$5,79863
DUXBURY$7,68036
EAST BRIDGEWATER$4,808105
EAST BROOKFIELD$3,223239
EASTHAM$2,890278
EASTHAMPTON$3,036256
EAST LONGMEADOW$4,781106
EASTON$5,64271
EDGARTOWNNANA
EGREMONT$3,024259
ERVING$1,402318
ESSEX$7,06040
EVERETTNANA
FAIRHAVEN$2,696293
FALL RIVER$2,367308
FALMOUTH$3,656190
FITCHBURG$2,913273
FLORIDA$1,245319
FOXBOROUGH$5,17488
FRAMINGHAM$5,77464
FRANKLIN$4,842102
FREETOWN$3,380228
GARDNER$2,864281
GEORGETOWN$4,97397
GILL$3,031257
GLOUCESTER$5,51278
GOSHEN$2,945270
GOSNOLDNANA
GRAFTON$4,771107
GRANBY$3,625194
GRANVILLE$3,254236
GREAT BARRINGTON$4,91499
GREENFIELD$3,514214
GROTON$6,41849
GROVELAND$4,571119
HADLEY$3,175241
HALIFAX$4,765110
HAMILTON$7,98829
HAMPDEN$4,508125
HANCOCK$759322
HANOVER$6,25553
HANSON$3,977164
HARDWICK$2,816285
HARVARD$8,86221
HARWICH$3,586202
HATFIELD$3,156243
HAVERHILL$3,778175
HAWLEY$3,424226
HEATH$3,687185
HINGHAM$7,65037
HINSDALE$2,684294
HOLBROOK$4,286143
HOLDEN$4,401133
HOLLAND$2,924271
HOLLISTON$6,91644
HOLYOKE$3,115247
HOPEDALE$4,505126
HOPKINTON$8,08226
HUBBARDSTON$2,999262
HUDSON$4,485127
HULL$4,706112
HUNTINGTON$3,041255
IPSWICH$5,54574
KINGSTON$5,11792
LAKEVILLE$3,514214
LANCASTER$5,23186
LANESBOROUGH$3,674186
LAWRENCE$2,527302
LEE$3,370230
LEICESTER$2,905274
LENOX$4,354136
LEOMINSTER$3,640193
LEVERETT$5,37382
LEXINGTON$10,44110
LEYDEN$3,766176
LINCOLN$13,3223
LITTLETON$5,96058
LONGMEADOW$6,93942
LOWELL$3,236238
LUDLOW$3,613196
LUNENBURG$4,174151
LYNN$3,670187
LYNNFIELD$7,38038
MALDENNANA
MANCHESTER$10,12512
MANSFIELD$5,16489
MARBLEHEAD$6,95841
MARION$5,52477
MARLBOROUGH$4,476130
MARSHFIELD$4,480128
MASHPEE$3,833173
MATTAPOISETT$5,24584
MAYNARD$5,75166
MEDFIELD$8,81122
MEDFORD$4,179150
MEDWAY$6,10556
MELROSE$5,09395
MENDON$5,11193
MERRIMAC$4,770108
METHUEN$3,504217
MIDDLEBOROUGH$3,720182
MIDDLEFIELD$3,031257
MIDDLETON$6,16754
MILFORD$4,323139
MILLBURY$3,378229
MILLIS$5,22687
MILLVILLE$3,610198
MILTON$7,32139
MONROE$1,158320
MONSON$3,241237
MONTAGUE$2,995264
MONTEREY$2,795286
MONTGOMERY$3,508216
MOUNT WASHINGTON$2,401306
NAHANT$5,54175
NANTUCKETNANA
NATICK$6,01557
NEEDHAM$8,07527
NEW ASHFORDNANA
NEW BEDFORD$2,761288
NEW BRAINTREE$3,919168
NEWBURY$4,476130
NEWBURYPORT$5,69969
NEW MARLBOROUGH$3,198240
NEW SALEM$3,093250
NEWTON$8,91020
NORFOLK$6,92743
NORTH ADAMS$2,008315
NORTHAMPTON$4,064156
NORTH ANDOVER$6,35050
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH$3,895169
NORTHBOROUGH$6,11455
NORTHBRIDGE$3,390227
NORTH BROOKFIELD$2,854283
NORTHFIELD$3,078253
NORTH READING$6,47348
NORTON$3,954167
NORWELL$7,71434
NORWOOD$3,862172
OAK BLUFFS$4,274145
OAKHAM$2,902275
ORANGE$2,684294
ORLEANS$4,219147
OTIS$2,221312
OXFORDNANA
PALMER$2,893277
PAXTON$4,94898
PEABODY$3,553208
PELHAM$5,95060
PEMBROKE$4,543123
PEPPERELL$4,001161
PERU$2,775287
PETERSHAM$3,662189
PHILLIPSTON$2,853284
PITTSFIELD$2,858282
PLAINFIELDNANA
PLAINVILLE$4,610115
PLYMOUTHNANA
PLYMPTON$5,13391
PRINCETON$5,09694
PROVINCETOWN$5,42581
QUINCY$4,477129
RANDOLPH$4,020160
RAYNHAM$4,316141
READING$6,29052
REHOBOTH$3,867170
REVERE$3,572204
RICHMOND$4,048158
ROCHESTER$4,314142
ROCKLAND$4,093154
ROCKPORT$5,14790
ROWE$1,125321
ROWLEY$5,08996
ROYALSTONNANA
RUSSELL$3,646192
RUTLAND$3,735181
SALEM$4,593118
SALISBURY$3,439224
SANDISFIELD$2,708292
SANDWICH$4,515124
SAUGUS$3,588201
SAVOY$2,512303
SCITUATE$5,89961
SEEKONK$3,617195
SHARON$8,31025
SHEFFIELD$4,100153
SHELBURNE$3,104249
SHERBORN$13,5342
SHIRLEY$3,969166
SHREWSBURY$4,139152
SHUTESBURY$4,833104
SOMERSETNANA
SOMERVILLENANA
SOUTHAMPTON$3,764177
SOUTHBOROUGH$8,33424
SOUTHBRIDGE$2,949268
SOUTH HADLEY$3,449223
SOUTHWICK$3,656190
SPENCER$2,494304
SPRINGFIELD$2,653298
STERLING$4,545122
STOCKBRIDGENANA
STONEHAM$4,908100
STOUGHTON$3,979163
STOW$7,68235
STURBRIDGE$4,553121
SUDBURY$10,9379
SUNDERLAND$3,571205
SUTTON$4,607116
SWAMPSCOTT$8,37723
SWANSEA$2,965267
TAUNTON$2,917272
TEMPLETON$2,612300
TEWKSBURY$4,712111
TISBURYNANA
TOLLAND$1,780317
TOPSFIELD$7,84231
TOWNSEND$3,970165
TRURO$4,275144
TYNGSBOROUGH$4,838103
TYRINGHAM$2,997263
UPTON$5,63072
UXBRIDGE$4,395134
WAKEFIELD$4,769109
WALES$2,881280
WALPOLE$5,74067
WALTHAMNANA
WARE$3,003261
WAREHAM$2,384307
WARREN$2,968266
WARWICK$2,987265
WASHINGTONNANA
WATERTOWNNANA
WAYLAND$11,2748
WEBSTER$2,670297
WELLESLEY$11,8606
WELLFLEET$3,474221
WENDELLNANA
WENHAM$9,48215
WESTBOROUGH$7,79032
WEST BOYLSTON$4,349137
WEST BRIDGEWATER$4,320140
WEST BROOKFIELD$2,612300
WESTFIELD$3,737180
WESTFORD$6,90145
WESTHAMPTON$4,626114
WESTMINSTER$3,989162
WEST NEWBURY$6,74246
WESTON$16,6431
WESTPORT$2,713291
WEST SPRINGFIELD$3,696183
WEST STOCKBRIDGENANA
WEST TISBURYNANA
WESTWOOD$9,01919
WEYMOUTH$3,541211
WHATELY$4,180149
WHITMAN$3,867170
WILBRAHAM$5,23785
WILLIAMSBURG$4,221146
WILLIAMSTOWN$5,26283
WILMINGTON$4,343138
WINCHENDON$2,643299
WINCHESTER$9,55714
WINDSORNANA
WINTHROP$4,564120
WOBURN$3,554207
WORCESTERNANA
WORTHINGTON$3,135246
WRENTHAM$5,47579
YARMOUTH$2,894276
SOURCE: Department of Revenue