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Minor civil divisions or "municipalities" in the U.S. state of Massachusetts are classified as either towns or cities, distinguished by their form of government under state law. Towns have an open town meeting or representative town meeting form of government. Cities, on the other hand, utilize a mayor-council or council-manager form. Based on the form of government, there are 297 towns and 54 cities in Massachusetts. Some municipalities, however, still refer to themselves as "towns" even though they have a city form of government.

The main list includes actively functioning municipal governments. Former municipalities are listed in a separate section below the main list.

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Contents

List of municipalities

Municipality Type[1] County[2] Form of government[1] Population
(2008)[2]
Year
established[3]
Abington Town Plymouth Open town meeting 16,689 1712
Acton Town Middlesex Open town meeting 20,797 1735
Acushnet Town Bristol Open town meeting 10,368 1860
Adams Town Berkshire Representative town meeting 8,295 1778
Agawam City[4] Hampden Mayor-council 28,091 1855
Alford Town Berkshire Open town meeting 392 1773
Amesbury City[4] Essex Mayor-council 16,584 1668
Amherst Town Hampshire Representative town meeting 35,565 1775
Andover Town Essex Open town meeting 33,418 1646
Aquinnah Town Dukes Open town meeting 357 1870
Arlington Town Middlesex Representative town meeting 40,993 1807
Ashburnham Town Worcester Open town meeting 5,974 1765
Ashby Town Middlesex Open town meeting 2,927 1767
Ashfield Town Franklin Open town meeting 1,822 1765
Ashland Town Middlesex Open town meeting 15,807 1846
Athol Town Worcester Open town meeting 11,570 1762
Attleboro City Bristol Mayor-council 42,833 1694
Auburn Town Worcester Representative town meeting 16,222 1778
Avon Town Norfolk Open town meeting 4,300 1888
Ayer Town Middlesex Open town meeting 7,399 1871
Barnstable City[4] Barnstable Council-manager 46,184 1638
Barre Town Worcester Open town meeting 5,431 1774
Becket Town Berkshire Open town meeting 1,801 1765
Bedford Town Middlesex Open town meeting 13,545 1729
Belchertown Town Hampshire Open town meeting 14,233 1761
Bellingham Town Norfolk Open town meeting 15,900 1719
Belmont Town Middlesex Representative town meeting 23,291 1859
Berkley Town Bristol Open town meeting 6,462 1735
Berlin Town Worcester Open town meeting 2,853 1812
Bernardston Town Franklin Open town meeting 2,230 1762
Beverly City Essex Mayor-council 39,343 1668
Billerica Town Middlesex Representative town meeting 41,844 1655
Blackstone Town Worcester Open town meeting 9,021 1845
Blandford Town Hampden Open town meeting 1,270 1741
Bolton Town Worcester Open town meeting 4,530 1738
Boston City Suffolk Mayor-council 609,023 1630
Bourne Town Barnstable Open town meeting 19,392 1884
Boxborough Town Middlesex Open town meeting 5,081 1835
Boxford Town Essex Open town meeting 8,131 1685
Boylston Town Worcester Open town meeting 4,264 1785
Braintree City[4] Norfolk Mayor-council 35,294 1640
Brewster Town Barnstable Open town meeting 9,936 1803
Bridgewater Town Plymouth Open town meeting 25,774 1656
Brimfield Town Hampden Open town meeting 3,708 1731
Brockton City Plymouth Mayor-council 93,007 1821
Brookfield Town Worcester Open town meeting 3,007 1718
Brookline Town Norfolk Representative town meeting 54,896 1705
Buckland Town Franklin Open town meeting 1,989 1779
Burlington Town Middlesex Representative town meeting 24,985 1799
Cambridge City Middlesex Mayor-manager-council 105,596 1636
Canton Town Norfolk Open town meeting 22,048 1797
Carlisle Town Middlesex Open town meeting 4,874 1780
Carver Town Plymouth Open town meeting 11,574 1790
Charlemont Town Franklin Open town meeting 1,378 1765
Charlton Town Worcester Open town meeting 12,585 1775
Chatham Town Barnstable Open town meeting 6,701 1712
Chelmsford Town Middlesex Representative town meeting 34,409 1655
Chelsea City Suffolk Council-manager 41,577 1739
Cheshire Town Berkshire Open town meeting 3,314 1793
Chester Town Hampden Open town meeting 1,287 1765
Chesterfield Town Hampshire Open town meeting 1,288 1762
Chicopee City Hampden Mayor-aldermen 54,941 1848
Chilmark Town Dukes Open town meeting 971 1714
Clarksburg Town Berkshire Open town meeting 1,619 1798
Clinton Town Worcester Open town meeting 13,965 1850
Cohasset Town Norfolk Open town meeting 7,169 1775
Colrain Town Franklin Open town meeting 1,879 1761
Concord Town Middlesex Open town meeting 17,450 1635
Conway Town Franklin Open town meeting 1,896 1775
Cummington Town Hampshire Open town meeting 964 1779
Dalton Town Berkshire Open town meeting 6,593 1784
Danvers Town Essex Representative town meeting 26,762 1775
Dartmouth Town Bristol Representative town meeting 33,899 1664
Dedham Town Norfolk Representative town meeting 24,630 1636
Deerfield Town Franklin Open town meeting 4,694 1677
Dennis Town Barnstable Open town meeting 15,349 1793
Dighton Town Bristol Open town meeting 6,724 1712
Douglas Town Worcester Open town meeting 7,955 1775
Dover Town Norfolk Open town meeting 5,644 1836
Dracut Town Middlesex Open town meeting 29,501 1701
Dudley Town Worcester Open town meeting 11,073 1732
Dunstable Town Middlesex Open town meeting 3,323 1673
Duxbury Town Plymouth Open town meeting 14,496 1637
East Bridgewater Town Plymouth Open town meeting 13,996 1823
East Brookfield Town Worcester Open town meeting 2,057 1920
East Longmeadow Town Hampden Open town meeting 15,332 1894
Eastham Town Barnstable Open town meeting 5,438 1646
Easthampton City Hampshire Mayor-council 16,195 1809
Easton Town Bristol Open town meeting 23,209 1725
Edgartown Town Dukes Open town meeting 3,932 1671
Egremont Town Berkshire Open town meeting 1,351 1775
Erving Town Franklin Open town meeting 1,552 1838
Essex Town Essex Open town meeting 3,333 1819
Everett City Middlesex Mayor-council-aldermen 37,353 1870
Fairhaven Town Bristol Representative town meeting 16,112 1812
Fall River City Bristol Mayor-council 90,931 1803
Falmouth Town Barnstable Representative town meeting 33,123 1686
Fitchburg City Worcester Mayor-council 40,239 1764
Florida Town Berkshire Open town meeting 675 1805
Foxborough Town Norfolk Open town meeting 16,347 1778
Framingham Town Middlesex Representative town meeting 64,885 1700
Franklin City[4] Norfolk Council-administrator 32,148 1778
Freetown Town Bristol Open town meeting 9,027 1683
Gardner City Worcester Mayor-council 20,682 1785
Georgetown Town Essex Open town meeting 8,629 1838
Gill Town Franklin Open town meeting 1,388 1793
Gloucester City Essex Mayor-council 30,243 1642
Goshen Town Hampshire Open town meeting 974 1781
Gosnold Town Dukes Open town meeting 83 1864
Grafton Town Worcester Open town meeting 17,553 1735
Granby Town Hampshire Open town meeting 6,281 1768
Granville Town Hampden Open town meeting 1,686 1775
Great Barrington Town Berkshire Open town meeting 7,379 1761
Greenfield City Franklin Mayor-council 17,828 1775
Groton Town Middlesex Open town meeting 10,632 1655
Groveland Town Essex Open town meeting 7,198 1850
Hadley Town Hampshire Open town meeting 4,732 1661
Halifax Town Plymouth Open town meeting 7,692 1734
Hamilton Town Essex Open town meeting 8,155 1793
Hampden Town Hampden Open town meeting 5,400 1878
Hancock Town Berkshire Open town meeting 1,112 1776
Hanover Town Plymouth Open town meeting 13,995 1727
Hanson Town Plymouth Open town meeting 10,019 1820
Hardwick Town Worcester Open town meeting 2,649 1739
Harvard Town Worcester Open town meeting 6,006 1732
Harwich Town Barnstable Open town meeting 12,298 1694
Hatfield Town Hampshire Open town meeting 3,227 1670
Haverhill City Essex Mayor-council 61,275 1641
Hawley Town Franklin Open town meeting 337 1792
Heath Town Franklin Open town meeting 798 1785
Hingham Town Plymouth Open town meeting 22,561 1635
Hinsdale Town Berkshire Open town meeting 1,913 1804
Holbrook Town Norfolk Representative town meeting 10,644 1872
Holden Town Worcester Open town meeting 16,608 1741
Holland Town Hampden Open town meeting 2,529 1835
Holliston Town Middlesex Open town meeting 13,901 1724
Holyoke City Hampden Mayor-council 39,947 1850
Hopedale Town Worcester Open town meeting 6,142 1886
Hopkinton Town Middlesex Open town meeting 14,338 1715
Hubbardston Town Worcester Open town meeting 4,482 1775
Hudson Town Middlesex Open town meeting 19,597 1866
Hull Town Plymouth Open town meeting 11,041 1644
Huntington Town Hampshire Open town meeting 2,219 1775
Ipswich Town Essex Open town meeting 13,219 1634
Kingston Town Plymouth Open town meeting 12,328 1726
Lakeville Town Plymouth Open town meeting 10,515 1853
Lancaster Town Worcester Open town meeting 7,015 1653
Lanesborough Town Berkshire Open town meeting 2,866 1765
Lawrence City Essex Mayor-council 70,014 1847
Lee Town Berkshire Representative town meeting 5,763 1777
Leicester Town Worcester Open town meeting 10,990 1714
Lenox Town Berkshire Open town meeting 5,095 1775
Leominster City Worcester Mayor-council 41,055 1740
Leverett Town Franklin Open town meeting 1,772 1774
Lexington Town Middlesex Representative town meeting 30,272 1713
Leyden Town Franklin Open town meeting 801 1809
Lincoln Town Middlesex Open town meeting 8,078 1754
Littleton Town Middlesex Open town meeting 8,711 1715
Longmeadow Town Hampden Open town meeting 15,329 1783
Lowell City Middlesex Mayor-manager-council 103,615 1826
Ludlow Town Hampden Representative town meeting 22,410 1775
Lunenburg Town Worcester Open town meeting 9,946 1728
Lynn City Essex Mayor-council 86,957 1629
Lynnfield Town Essex Open town meeting 11,412 1814
Malden City Middlesex Mayor-council 55,597 1649
Manchester-by-the-Sea Town Essex Open town meeting 5,260 1645
Mansfield Town Bristol Open town meeting 23,969 1775
Marblehead Town Essex Open town meeting 19,951 1649
Marion Town Plymouth Open town meeting 5,148 1852
Marlborough City Middlesex Mayor-council 37,932 1660
Marshfield Town Plymouth Open town meeting 24,735 1640
Mashpee Town Barnstable Open town meeting 14,227 1870
Mattapoisett Town Plymouth Open town meeting 6,463 1857
Maynard Town Middlesex Open town meeting 10,182 1871
Medfield Town Norfolk Open town meeting 12,275 1651
Medford City Middlesex Mayor-council 55,573 1630
Medway Town Norfolk Open town meeting 12,785 1713
Melrose City Middlesex Mayor-aldermen 26,708 1850
Mendon Town Worcester Open town meeting 5,762 1667
Merrimac Town Essex Open town meeting 6,504 1876
Methuen City Essex Mayor-council 44,055 1725
Middleborough Town Plymouth Open town meeting 21,117 1669
Middlefield Town Hampshire Open town meeting 557 1783
Middleton Town Essex Open town meeting 9,634 1728
Milford Town Worcester Representative town meeting 27,246 1780
Millbury Town Worcester Open town meeting 13,401 1813
Millis Town Norfolk Open town meeting 7,957 1885
Millville Town Worcester Open town meeting 2,845 1916
Milton Town Norfolk Representative town meeting 26,187 1662
Monroe Town Franklin Open town meeting 96 1822
Monson Town Hampden Open town meeting 8,952 1775
Montague Town Franklin Representative town meeting 8,316 1775
Monterey Town Berkshire Open town meeting 950 1847
Montgomery Town Hampden Open town meeting 720 1780
Mount Washington Town Berkshire Open town meeting 136 1779
Nahant Town Essex Open town meeting 3,498 1853
Nantucket Town Nantucket Open town meeting 11,215 1671
Natick Town Middlesex Representative town meeting 31,880 1781
Needham Town Norfolk Representative town meeting 28,560 1711
New Ashford Town Berkshire Open town meeting 247 1835
New Bedford City Bristol Mayor-council 91,365 1787
New Braintree Town Worcester Open town meeting 1,116 1775
New Marlborough Town Berkshire Open town meeting 1,508 1775
New Salem Town Franklin Open town meeting 990 1775
Newbury Town Essex Open town meeting 6,934 1635
Newburyport City Essex Mayor-council 17,542 1764
Newton City Middlesex Mayor-aldermen 82,139 1688
Norfolk Town Norfolk Open town meeting 11,029 1870
North Adams City Berkshire Mayor-council 13,711 1878
North Andover Town Essex Open town meeting 27,522 1855
North Attleborough Town Bristol Representative town meeting 27,794 1887
North Brookfield Town Worcester Open town meeting 4,833 1812
North Reading Town Middlesex Open town meeting 17,272 1853
Northampton City Hampshire Mayor-council 28,379 1656
Northborough Town Worcester Open town meeting 14,646 1775
Northbridge Town Worcester Open town meeting 14,383 1775
Northfield Town Franklin Open town meeting 3,026 1723
Norton Town Bristol Open town meeting 19,186 1711
Norwell Town Plymouth Open town meeting 10,293 1849
Norwood Town Norfolk Representative town meeting 28,211 1872
Oak Bluffs Town Dukes Open town meeting 3,735 1880
Oakham Town Worcester Open town meeting 1,914 1775
Orange Town Franklin Open town meeting 7,688 1810
Orleans Town Barnstable Open town meeting 6,269 1797
Otis Town Berkshire Open town meeting 1,396 1773
Oxford Town Worcester Open town meeting 13,615 1713
Palmer City[4] Hampden Council-manager 12,933 1775
Paxton Town Worcester Open town meeting 4,632 1775
Peabody City Essex Mayor-council 51,331 1868
Pelham Town Hampshire Open town meeting 1,386 1743
Pembroke Town Plymouth Open town meeting 18,714 1712
Pepperell Town Middlesex Open town meeting 11,382 1775
Peru Town Berkshire Open town meeting 832 1771
Petersham Town Worcester Open town meeting 1,288 1754
Phillipston Town Worcester Open town meeting 1,787 1786
Pittsfield City Berkshire Mayor-council 42,652 1761
Plainfield Town Hampshire Open town meeting 591 1807
Plainville Town Norfolk Open town meeting 8,204 1905
Plymouth Town Plymouth Representative town meeting 55,705 1620
Plympton Town Plymouth Open town meeting 2,785 1707
Princeton Town Worcester Open town meeting 3,475 1771
Provincetown Town Barnstable Open town meeting 3,376 1727
Quincy City Norfolk Mayor-council 92,339 1792
Randolph City[5] Norfolk Council-manager 30,082 1793
Raynham Town Bristol Open town meeting 13,566 1731
Reading Town Middlesex Representative town meeting 23,052 1644
Rehoboth Town Bristol Open town meeting 11,474 1645
Revere City Suffolk Mayor-council 60,204 1846
Richmond Town Berkshire Open town meeting 1,572 1765
Rochester Town Plymouth Open town meeting 5,268 1686
Rockland Town Plymouth Open town meeting 17,883 1874
Rockport Town Essex Open town meeting 7,612 1840
Rowe Town Franklin Open town meeting 348 1785
Rowley Town Essex Open town meeting 5,738 1639
Royalston Town Worcester Open town meeting 1,376 1765
Russell Town Hampden Open town meeting 1,719 1792
Rutland Town Worcester Open town meeting 7,899 1713
Salem City Essex Mayor-council 41,256 1626
Salisbury Town Essex Open town meeting 8,417 1639
Sandisfield Town Berkshire Open town meeting 848 1762
Sandwich Town Barnstable Open town meeting 20,129 1639
Saugus Town Essex Representative town meeting 27,478 1815
Savoy Town Berkshire Open town meeting 722 1797
Scituate Town Plymouth Open town meeting 17,926 1636
Seekonk Town Bristol Open town meeting 13,575 1812
Sharon Town Norfolk Open town meeting 17,373 1775
Sheffield Town Berkshire Open town meeting 3,309 1733
Shelburne Town Franklin Open town meeting 2,035 1775
Sherborn Town Middlesex Open town meeting 4,204 1674
Shirley Town Middlesex Open town meeting 7,904 1775
Shrewsbury Town Worcester Representative town meeting 33,435 1727
Shutesbury Town Franklin Open town meeting 1,847 1761
Somerset Town Bristol Open town meeting 18,055 1790
Somerville City Middlesex Mayor-aldermen 75,662 1842
South Hadley Town Hampshire Representative town meeting 17,241 1775
Southampton Town Hampshire Open town meeting 5,970 1775
Southborough Town Worcester Open town meeting 9,583 1727
Southbridge City[4] Worcester Council-manager 16,852 1816
Southwick Town Hampden Open town meeting 9,571 1775
Spencer Town Worcester Open town meeting 11,922 1775
Springfield City Hampden Mayor-council 150,640 1636
Sterling Town Worcester Open town meeting 7,865 1781
Stockbridge Town Berkshire Open town meeting 2,217 1739
Stoneham Town Middlesex Open town meeting 21,471 1725
Stoughton Town Norfolk Representative town meeting 26,927 1726
Stow Town Middlesex Open town meeting 6,446 1683
Sturbridge Town Worcester Open town meeting 9,103 1738
Sudbury Town Middlesex Open town meeting 17,207 1639
Sunderland Town Franklin Open town meeting 3,710 1714
Sutton Town Worcester Open town meeting 9,028 1714
Swampscott Town Essex Representative town meeting 13,944 1852
Swansea Town Bristol Open town meeting 16,155 1667
Taunton City Bristol Mayor-council 55,702 1639
Templeton Town Worcester Open town meeting 7,831 1762
Tewksbury Town Middlesex Open town meeting 29,543 1734
Tisbury Town Dukes Open town meeting 3,811 1671
Tolland Town Hampden Open town meeting 457 1810
Topsfield Town Essex Open town meeting 6,051 1650
Townsend Town Middlesex Open town meeting 9,400 1732
Truro Town Barnstable Open town meeting 2,125 1709
Tyngsborough Town Middlesex Open town meeting 12,019 1809
Tyringham Town Berkshire Open town meeting 339 1762
Upton Town Worcester Open town meeting 6,584 1735
Uxbridge Town Worcester Representative town meeting 12,672 1727
Wakefield Town Middlesex Open town meeting 24,717 1812
Wales Town Hampden Open town meeting 1,881 1775
Walpole Town Norfolk Representative town meeting 23,133 1724
Waltham City Middlesex Mayor-council 60,236 1738
Ware Town Hampshire Open town meeting 9,824 1775
Wareham Town Plymouth Open town meeting 21,221 1739
Warren Town Worcester Open town meeting 5,068 1742
Warwick Town Franklin Open town meeting 749 1763
Washington Town Berkshire Open town meeting 542 1777
Watertown City[4] Middlesex Council-manager 32,365 1630
Wayland Town Middlesex Open town meeting 12,996 1780
Webster Town Worcester Open town meeting 16,655 1832
Wellesley Town Norfolk Representative town meeting 27,244 1881
Wellfleet Town Barnstable Open town meeting 2,724 1775
Wendell Town Franklin Open town meeting 1,000 1781
Wenham Town Essex Open town meeting 4,788 1643
West Boylston Town Worcester Open town meeting 8,277 1808
West Bridgewater Town Plymouth Open town meeting 6,674 1822
West Brookfield Town Worcester Open town meeting 3,806 1848
West Newbury Town Essex Open town meeting 4,269 1819
West Springfield City[4] Hampden Mayor-council 27,459 1774
West Stockbridge Town Berkshire Open town meeting 1,432 1775
West Tisbury Town Dukes Open town meeting 2,638 1892
Westborough Town Worcester Open town meeting 18,467 1717
Westfield City Hampden Mayor-council 40,608 1669
Westford Town Middlesex Open town meeting 22,066 1729
Westhampton Town Hampshire Open town meeting 1,576 1778
Westminster Town Worcester Open town meeting 7,391 1770
Weston Town Middlesex Open town meeting 11,711 1713
Westport Town Bristol Open town meeting 15,417 1787
Westwood Town Norfolk Open town meeting 14,189 1897
Weymouth City[4] Norfolk Mayor-council 53,261 1635
Whately Town Franklin Open town meeting 1,566 1771
Whitman Town Plymouth Open town meeting 14,447 1875
Wilbraham Town Hampden Open town meeting 13,970 1763
Williamsburg Town Hampshire Open town meeting 2,509 1775
Williamstown Town Berkshire Open town meeting 7,968 1765
Wilmington Town Middlesex Open town meeting 21,649 1730
Winchendon Town Worcester Open town meeting 10,164 1764
Winchester Town Middlesex Representative town meeting 21,090 1850
Windsor Town Berkshire Open town meeting 846 1771
Winthrop City[4] Suffolk Council-manager 21,880 1852
Woburn City Middlesex Mayor-aldermen 36,871 1642
Worcester City Worcester Mayor-manager-council 175,011 1684
Worthington Town Hampshire Open town meeting 1,272 1768
Wrentham Town Norfolk Open town meeting 11,133 1673
Yarmouth Town Barnstable Open town meeting 23,778 1639

List of cities by official name

The following tabular list shows the 54 government divisions of the Commonwealth which have been officially granted the right to use the city form of government along with the official name in use by each municipality.[Note 1]

Municipality Official name Web reference
Agawam Town of Agawam http://www.agawam.ma.us/
Amesbury Town of Amesbury http://www.ci.amesbury.ma.us/
Attleboro City of Attleboro http://www.cityofattleboro.us/
Barnstable Town of Barnstable http://www.town.barnstable.ma.us/
Beverly City of Beverly http://www.beverlyma.gov
Boston City of Boston http://www.cityofboston.gov/
Braintree Town of Braintree http://www.townofbraintreegov.org/
Brockton City of Brockton http://www.brockton.ma.us/
Cambridge City of Cambridge http://www.cambridgema.gov/
Chelsea City of Chelsea http://www.ci.chelsea.ma.us/
Chicopee City of Chicopee http://www.chicopeema.gov/
Easthampton City of Easthampton http://www.easthampton.org/
Everett City of Everett http://www.ci.everett.ma.us/
Fall River City of Fall River http://www.fallriverma.org/
Fitchburg City of Fitchburg http://www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us/
Franklin Town of Franklin http://franklinma.virtualtownhall.net/
Gardner City of Gardner http://www.gardner-ma.gov/
Gloucester City of Gloucester http://www.ci.gloucester.ma.us/
Greenfield City of Greenfield http://www.cityofgreenfield.org/
Haverhill City of Haverhill http://www.ci.haverhill.ma.us/
Holyoke City of Holyoke http://www.holyoke.org/
Lawrence City of Lawrence http://www.cityoflawrence.com
Leominster City of Leominster http://www.leominster-ma.gov/
Lowell City of Lowell http://www.lowellma.gov/
Lynn City of Lynn http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/
Malden City of Malden http://www.ci.malden.ma.us/
Marlborough City of Marlborough http://www.marlborough-ma.gov/
Medford City of Medford http://www.medford.org/
Melrose City of Melrose http://www.cityofmelrose.org/
Methuen City of Methuen http://www.ci.methuen.ma.us/
New Bedford City of New Bedford http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/
Newburyport City of Newburyport http://www.cityofnewburyport.com/
Newton City of Newton http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/
North Adams City of North Adams http://www.northadams-ma.gov/
Northampton City of Northampton http://www.northamptonma.gov/
Palmer Town of Palmer http://www.townofpalmer.com
Peabody City of Peabody http://www.peabody-ma.gov/
Pittsfield City of Pittsfield http://www.pittsfield-ma.org/
Quincy City of Quincy http://www.quincyma.gov/
Randolph[5] Town of Randolph http://www.townofrandolph.com/
Revere City of Revere http://www.revere.org/
Salem City of Salem http://www.salem.com
Somerville City of Somerville http://www.somervillema.gov
Southbridge Town of Southbridge http://www.ci.southbridge.ma.us
Springfield City of Springfield http://www.springfieldcityhall.com
Taunton City of Taunton http://www.taunton-ma.gov
Waltham City of Waltham http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/
Watertown Town of Watertown http://www.watertown-ma.gov
Westfield City of Westfield http://www.cityofwestfield.org
West Springfield Town of West Springfield http://www.west-springfield.ma.us
Weymouth Town of Weymouth http://www.weymouth.ma.us/
Winthrop Town of Winthrop http://www.town.winthrop.ma.us/
Woburn City of Woburn http://www.cityofwoburn.com/
Worcester City of Worcester http://www.ci.worcester.ma.us/

Former municipalities

Some towns and cities were annexed to others; disincorporated; or ceded to another state in their entirety. This list does not include territory changes affecting only part of a municipality; see History of Massachusetts.

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Annexations

The following formerly independent municipalities have been annexed to Boston:

The town of Bradford was annexed to Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1895.

Disincorporations

The following towns were disincorporated in 1938 due to the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir; all their territory was absorbed into surrounding towns:

Cessions

The following towns were ceded to Rhode Island in 1747 as part of a border dispute:

All settlements in the District of Maine were ceded when the state of Maine gained its independence from Massachusetts in 1820, and numerous towns were ceded to New Hampshire after the Northern boundary of Massachusetts was defined by royal decree.

Archaic names

Many municipalities have changed names.[6]

Old name Modern name County Notes
Acushena Dartmouth Bristol
Agawam Dartmouth Bristol Different from Agawam in Hampden County
Andrewstown Chesterfield Hampshire
Apponegansett Dartmouth Bristol
Ashuelot Equivalent Dalton Berkshire
Attleborough Attleboro Bristol The -ugh was dropped when the city was re-incorporated in 1914
Barnardstone's Grant Florida Berkshire
Basse River Beverly Essex
Belcher’s Town Belchertown Hampshire
Berkshire Equivalent Florida Berkshire
Billirikey Billerica Middlesex
Blue Hill Lands Braintree Norfolk
Boston Township Number One Charlemont Franklin
Boston Township Number Two Colrain Franklin
Bullock's Grant Florida Berkshire
Bullocks Grant Clarksburg Berkshire
Cabotville Chicopee Hampden
Cambridge South Parish Brighton Suffolk
Cape Ann Gloucester Essex Different from the modern definition of Cape Ann, which includes Gloucester, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport
Chabakongomum Dudley Worcester
Chabanagungamug Dudley Worcester
Chappequiddick Edgartown Dukes
Charley Mount Charlemont Franklin
Charlton Charlestown Suffolk
Chebacco Essex Essex
Chequocket Barnstable Barnstable
Chuckomug Barnstable Barnstable
Coa Barnstable Barnstable
Cochickawick Andover Essex
Cochituit Andover Essex
Cokachoise Barnstable Barnstable
Cold Spring Belchertown Hampshire
Colechester Salisbury Essex
Conahasset Cohasset Norfolk
Concord Village Acton Middlesex
Contentment Dedham Norfolk
Cotachesett Barnstable Barnstable
Cottage City Oak Bluffs Dukes
Danforth's Farms Framingham Middlesex
District of Carlilse Carlisle Middlesex
Dorchester Village Canton Norfolk
Dorchester-Canada Plantation Ashburnham Worcester
Ducksburrow Duxbury Plymouth
Duxburrow Plantation Bridgewater Plymouth
East Hoosuck Plantation Adams Berkshire
East Sudbury Wayland Middlesex
Edgar Towne Edgartown Dukes
Emesbury Amesbury Essex
Erving's Grant Enfield Hampshire
Fair Haven Village Fairhaven Bristol
Falls Fight Bernardston Franklin
Falltown Plantation Bernardston Franklin
Five Pound Island Gloucester Essex
Foords Farm Bridgewater Plymouth
Fort Massachusetts Adams Berkshire
Freeman's Purchase Fall River Bristol
Freemens Land Freetown Bristol
Gageborough Windsor Berkshire
Gay Head Aquinnah Dukes
Gay Head Indian District Aquinnah Dukes
Gerry Phillipston Worcester
Glasgow Blandford Hampden
Gloscester Gloucester Essex
Great Harbour Edgartown Dukes
Green Harbor Duxbury Plymouth
Greenwich Enfield Hampshire
Hack's Grant Enfield Hampshire
Hadley Third Precinct Amherst Hampshire
Hockamock Easton Bristol
Hockomock Bridgewater Plymouth
Housatonic Township Number Four Becket Berkshire
Huntstown Plantation Ashfield Franklin
Hutchinson Barre Worcester
Ipswich Eighth Parish Essex Essex
Iron Work Farm Acton Middlesex
Ketiticut Bridgewater Plymouth
Kokachoise Barnstable Barnstable
Litchfield Dunstable Middlesex
Little Cambridge Brighton Suffolk
Little Salisbury Amesbury Essex
Lyttleton Littleton Middlesex
Manamoiet Chatham Barnstable
Manamoit Village Chatham Barnstable
Manamooskeagin Abington Plymouth
Manchaug Dudley Worcester
Manor of Tisbury Chilmark Dukes
Mattakeeset Barnstable Barnstable
Mattakeeset Duxbury Plymouth
Mattapan Dorchester Suffolk Section of Boston
Mennems Moone Dorchester Suffolk
Menotomy Arlington Middlesex
Merry Mount Wollaston Norfolk Neighborhood of Quincy
Middlesex Gore Dudley Worcester
Mile & Half of Land Attleboro Bristol
Minot's Grant Cummington Hampshire
Mishawum Charlestown Suffolk
Mistic Barnstable Barnstable
Mohootset Carver Plymouth
Monatiquot Braintree Norfolk
Monomoy Chatham Barnstable
Monument Village Bourne Barnstable
Moskeehtucketqut Barnstable Barnstable
Mount Dagan Braintree Norfolk
Mount Wollaston Wollaston Norfolk Neighborhood of Quincy
Muddy River Brookline Norfolk
Murrayfield Chester Hampden
Murrayfield Grant Cummington Hampshire
Musketequid Concord Middlesex
Namassakeesett Duxbury Plymouth
Nashowakemmuck Chilmark Dukes
Nawsett Eastham Barnstable
New Glasgow Blandford Hampden
New Grant Acton Middlesex
New Hingham Plantation Chesterfield Hampshire
New Providence Cheshire Berkshire
New Providence Hill Cheshire Berkshire
New Providence Plantation Adams Berkshire
New Providence Purchase Cheshire Berkshire
New Rowley Georgetown Essex
New Sherburn Douglas Worcester
Newe Towne Cambridge Middlesex Included modern Newton
Newtown Cambridge Middlesex Included modern Newton
No Town Plantation Buckland Franklin
Nobscusset Dennis Barnstable
Noman's Land Chilmark Dukes
Noodles Island Boston Suffolk
North Bridgewater Brockton Plymouth
North Purchase Attleboro Bristol
North Sandwich Bourne Barnstable
North Wrentham Norfolk Norfolk
Nossett Eastham Barnstable
Noticock Dunstable Middlesex
Nottingham Dunstable Middlesex
Number Thirteen Chelsea Suffolk
Nunketest Bridgewater Plymouth
Nunnepog Edgartown Dukes
Passacomuck Easthampton Hampshire
Pawtucket Chelmsford Middlesex
Pawtucket Dracut Middlesex
Payquage Plantation Athol Worcester
Peymechit Barnstable Barnstable
Plantation Chickleystown Charlemont Franklin
Plantation Number Five (1762 Township) Cummington Hampshire
Plantation Number Four Becket Berkshire
Plantation Number Nine (1762 Township) Chester Hampden
Plantation Number One (Western Township of 1762) Chesterfield Hampshire
Plantation Number One Adams Berkshire
Pocomtuck Deerfield Franklin
Podunke Alford Berkshire
Podunkville Alford Berkshire
Poguaige Athol Worcester
Provincetown on Mills River Athol Worcester
Pullen Poynte Chelsea Suffolk
Pullin Point Chelsea Suffolk
Punkapoag Canton Norfolk
Quabaug Territory Brookfield Worcester
Quabaug Territory East Brookfield Worcester
Quaboag Brookfield Worcester
Quequechan Region Fall River Bristol
Quichickichick Andover Essex
Quinsigamond Worcester Worcester
Quobauge Brookfield Worcester
Rowley Village Boxford Essex
Rumney Marsh Chelsea Suffolk
Rutland District Barre Worcester
Sacconeesett Falmouth Barnstable
Salem Farms Danvers Essex
Salem Middle Parish Danvers Essex
Salem Village Parish Danvers Essex
Salisbury-new-toune Amesbury Essex
Santuite Barnstable Barnstable
Satucket Brewster Barnstable
Satuite Barnstable Barnstable
Sawkatucket Brewster Barnstable
Scipuiszet Falmouth Barnstable
Sconticut Fairhaven Bristol
Seipuiszet Falmouth Barnstable
Sepoese Barnstable Barnstable
Sepuit Barnstable Barnstable
Sesuet Dennis Barnstable
Shawanon Egremont Berkshire
Shawanon Purchase Alford Berkshire
Shawmut Boston Suffolk
Shawshinnock Billerica Middlesex
Shawsin Billerica Middlesex
Sipnesset Barnstable Barnstable
Skonkonet Barnstable Barnstable
Skunkamug Barnstable Barnstable
Slacksville Plainville Norfolk
South Malden Everett Middlesex
South Parish Enfield Hampshire
South Purchase Dighton Bristol
Springfield Parish Dover Norfolk
Squantums Neck Quincy Norfolk Annexed to Dorchester 1641, annexed to Quincy 1792[7]
Suckanesset Falmouth Barnstable
Sudbury Wayland Middlesex
Suffield Equivalent Lands Blandford Hampden
Tamahappaseeacon Barnstable Barnstable
Taunton Dighton Bristol Different from modern Taunton
Taunton North Purchase Easton Bristol
Tiverton Freetown Bristol Different from modern Tiverton, Rhode Island
Tragabigzanda Gloucester Essex
Tremont Boston Suffolk
Trimountaine Boston Suffolk
Troy Fall River Bristol
Turkey Hill Fitchburg Worcester
Vinson's Cove Gloucester Essex
Wameset Chelmsford Middlesex
Waqua Edgartown Dukes
Ward Auburn Worcester
Washqua Edgartown Dukes
Waskotussoo Barnstable Barnstable
Watatick Hill Ashburnham Worcester
Wattuppa Freetown Bristol
Weguasset Chatham Barnstable
Wellington Dighton Bristol
Wequaquet Barnstable Barnstable
West Cambridge Arlington Middlesex
West Hoosuck Williamstown Berkshire
West Sandwich Bourne Barnstable
Weymouth Canada Ashfield Franklin
Willard’s Farm Acton Middlesex
Winnissimet Chelsea Suffolk
Wyngaersheek Gloucester Essex
Yanno's Land Barnstable Barnstable
York Egremont Berkshire

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "2009-10 Municipal Directory". Massachusetts Municipal Association. http://www.mma.org/resources-mainmenu-182/doc_download/26-form-of-government-for-each-community-in-massachusetts. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Table 5: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Minor Civil Divisions in Massachusetts, Listed Alphabetically Within County: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008" (Microsoft XLS). U.S. Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2008-05-25.xls. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisctlist/ctlistalph.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k One of 12 municpalities with a city form of government that refers to itself as "The Town of"."2009-2010 Municipal Directory". Massachusetts Municipal Association. http://www.mma.org/resources-mainmenu-182/doc_download/26-form-of-government-for-each-community-in-massachusetts. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  5. ^ a b "Chapter 147 of the Acts of 2009". Boston: Massachusetts General Court. November 19, 2009. http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/seslaw09/sl090147.htm. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Archaic Community, District, Neighborhood, Section and Village, Names in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Secretary of State Citizen Information Service. Retrieved 2008 Apr 13.
  7. ^ "DIOTD, Mar. 10, 2009 Dorchester Territory". Dorchester Atheneum. http://www.dorchesteratheneum.org/page.php?id=1443. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 

Notes

  1. ^ The main source for the table is the Massachusetts Municipal Association 2009-2010 Municipal Directory. The MMA Directory is not an official state document, but is more up to date and specific than the official list from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth's office, which is dated 03-11-2008 and does not include Palmer, Randolph and Winthrop, which have since adopted the city form of government.

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Simple English

The following is a list of cities and towns in Massachusetts, by letter:

Contents

A

File:Ma
A map of the municipalities in Massachusetts
Cities Pop. Towns
Agawam 28,616
Amesbury 16,737
Attleboro 43,506
16,264 Abington
20,660 Acton
10,582 Acushnet
8,508 Adams
393 Alford
34,255 Amherst
32,141 Andover
359 Aquinnah
41,546 Arlington
5,901 Ashburnham
2,926 Ashby
1,820 Ashfield
1,552 Ashland
11,673 Athol
16,381 Auburn
4,385 Avon
7,212 Ayer

B

Cities Towns
  • Barre
  • Becket
  • Bedford
  • Belchertown
  • Bellingham
  • Belmont
  • Berkley
  • Berlin
  • Bernardston
  • Billerica
  • Blackstone
  • Blandford
  • Bolton
  • Bourne
  • Boxboro
  • Boxford
  • Boylston
  • Brewster
  • Bridgewater
  • Brimfield
  • Brookfield
  • Brookline
  • Buckland
  • Burlington

C

Cities Towns
  • Canton
  • Carlisle
  • Carver
  • Charlemont
  • Charlton
  • Chatham
  • Chelmsford
  • Cheshire
  • Chester
  • Chesterfield
  • Chilmark
  • Clarksburg
  • Clinton
  • Cohasset
  • Colrain
  • Concord
  • Conway
  • Cummington

D

Cities Towns
  • Dalton
  • Danvers
  • Dartmouth
  • Dedham
  • Deerfield
  • Dennis
  • Dighton
  • Douglas
  • Dover
  • Dracut
  • Dudley
  • Dunstable
  • Duxbury

E

Cities Towns
  • Easthampton
  • Everett
  • East Bridgewater
  • East Brookfield
  • East Longmeadow
  • Eastham
  • Easton
  • Edgartown
  • Egremont
  • Erving
  • Essex

F

Cities Towns
  • Fall River
  • Fitchburg
  • Franklin
  • Fairhaven
  • Falmouth
  • Florida
  • Foxborough
  • Framingham
  • Freetown

G

Cities Towns
  • Gardner
  • Gloucester
  • Greenfield
  • Georgetown
  • Gill
  • Goshen
  • Gosnold
  • Grafton
  • Granby
  • Granville
  • Great Barrington
  • Groton
  • Groveland

H

Cities Towns
  • Haverhill
  • Holyoke
  • Hadley
  • Halifax
  • Hamilton
  • Hampden
  • Hancock
  • Hanover
  • Hanson
  • Hardwick
  • Harvard
  • Harwich
  • Hatfield
  • Hawley
  • Heath
  • Hingham
  • Hinsdale
  • Holbrook
  • Holden
  • Holland
  • Holliston
  • Hopedale
  • Hopkinton
  • Hubbardston
  • Hudson
  • Hull
  • Huntington

I

Cities Towns
  • Ipswich

K

Cities Towns
  • Kingston

L

Cities Towns
  • Lawrence
  • Leominster
  • Lowell
  • Lynn
  • Lakeville
  • Lancaster
  • Lanesborough
  • Lee
  • Leicester
  • Lenox
  • Leverett
  • Lexington
  • Leyden
  • Lincoln
  • Littleton
  • Longmeadow
  • Ludlow
  • Lunenburg
  • Lynnfield

M

Cities Towns
  • Malden
  • Marlborough
  • Medford
  • Melrose
  • Methuen
  • Manchester-by-the-Sea
  • Mansfield
  • Marblehead
  • Marion
  • Marshfield
  • Mashpee
  • Mattapoisett
  • Maynard
  • Medfield
  • Medway
  • Mendon
  • Merrimac
  • Middleborough
  • Middlefield
  • Middleton
  • Milford
  • Millbury
  • Millis
  • Millville
  • Milton
  • Monroe
  • Monson
  • Montague
  • Monterey
  • Montgomery
  • Mount Washington

N

Cities Towns
  • New Bedford
  • Newburyport
  • Newton
  • North Adams
  • Northampton
  • Nahant
  • Nantucket
  • Natick
  • Needham
  • New Ashford
  • New Braintree
  • New Marlborough
  • New Salem
  • Newbury
  • Norfolk
  • North Andover
  • North Attleborough
  • North Brookfield
  • North Reading
  • Northborough
  • Northbridge
  • Northfield
  • Norton
  • Norwell
  • Norwood

O

Cities Towns
  • Oak Bluffs
  • Oakham
  • Orange
  • Orleans
  • Otis
  • Oxford

P

Cities Towns
  • Palmer
  • Peabody
  • Pittsfield
  • Paxton
  • Pelham
  • Pembroke
  • Pepperell
  • Peru
  • Petersham
  • Phillipston
  • Plainfield
  • Plainville
  • Plymouth
  • Plympton
  • Princeton
  • Provincetown

Q

Cities Towns

R

Cities Towns
  • Revere
  • Randolph
  • Raynham
  • Reading
  • Rehoboth
  • Richmond
  • Rochester
  • Rockland
  • Rockport
  • Rowe
  • Rowley
  • Royalston
  • Russell
  • Rutland

S

Cities Towns
  • Salisbury
  • Sandisfield
  • Sandwich
  • Saugus
  • Savoy
  • Scituate
  • Seekonk
  • Sharon
  • Sheffield
  • Shelburne
  • Sherborn
  • Shirley
  • Shrewsbury
  • Shutesbury
  • Somerset
  • South Hadley
  • Southampton
  • Southborough
  • Spencer
  • Southwick
  • Sterling
  • Stockbridge
  • Stoneham
  • Stoughton
  • Stow
  • Sturbridge
  • Sudbury
  • Sunderland
  • Sutton
  • Swampscott
  • Swansea

T

Cities Towns
  • Templeton
  • Tewksbury
  • Tisbury
  • Tolland
  • Topsfield
  • Townsend
  • Truro
  • Tyngsborough
  • Tyringham

U

Cities Towns
  • Upton
  • Uxbridge

W

Cities Towns
  • Waltham
  • Watertown
  • West Springfield
  • Westfield
  • Weymouth
  • Winthrop
  • Woburn
  • Worcester
  • Wakefield
  • Wales
  • Walpole
  • Ware
  • Warren
  • Wareham
  • Warwick
  • Washington
  • Wayland
  • Webster
  • Wellesley
  • Wellfleet
  • Wendell
  • Wenham
  • West Boylston
  • West Bridgewater
  • West Brookfield
  • West Newbury
  • West Stockbridge
  • West Tisbury
  • Westborough
  • Westford
  • Westhampton
  • Westminster
  • Weston
  • Westport
  • Westwood
  • Whately
  • Whitman
  • Wilbraham
  • Williamsburg
  • Williamstown
  • Wilmington
  • Winchendon
  • Winchester
  • Windsor
  • Worthington
  • Wrentham

Y

Cities Towns
  • Yarmouth


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