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Voter Participation

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What does this measure?

The percentage of the voting-age population (18 and over) that voted in an election.

Why is this important?

Voting is a basic right and responsibility of all citizens and an indication of the citizenry's interest in and commitment to participating in our political process. It also may indicate the extent to which citizens feel that government is responsive to their needs and concerns.

How is Brookline doing?

In Brookline, voter participation was 60% in the 2020 presidential election and 52% in the 2018 midterm elections. Brookline's 2020 rate was below Massachusetts (66%) and the nation (62%). The region's 2020 participation rate was similar to rates in previous presidential elections, up a little from 54% in 2000. The midterm rate had risen from 39% in 2014.

Among comparison localities, Brookline had a higher voter turnout in 2020 than Cambridge (53%) and Everett (39%) but a lower participation rate than Newton (73%) and Arlington (78%).

Notes about the data

Rates were calculated using Census estimates of the population 18 and over. National data only available for presidential years.

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Voter Participation Rate
20002002200420062008201020122014201620182020
Brookline56%43%57%43%59%43%59%39%61%52%60%
Arlington, Middlesex County72%61%75%61%76%60%76%56%76%68%78%
Cambridge, Middlesex County45%36%47%36%51%37%53%33%52%44%53%
Everett, Middlesex County47%36%43%32%42%28%40%27%40%29%39%
Newton, Middlesex County63%55%66%52%68%53%66%48%68%60%73%
Norfolk County64%53%67%52%68%53%67%47%68%56%73%
Essex County58%47%61%47%64%47%63%43%64%51%68%
Middlesex County58%48%61%47%63%47%62%42%63%53%67%
Massachusetts56%45%59%45%62%45%61%41%62%50%66%





Number of People Who Voted
20002002200420062008201020122014201620182020
Brookline26,32520,36727,03420,15627,97120,55628,78918,84929,68025,50731,305
Arlington, Middlesex County24,26320,56124,80520,21125,48820,43126,25319,74127,27124,36128,759
Cambridge, Middlesex County40,31732,44542,44332,62046,72734,24050,74932,72553,28246,39055,039
Everett, Middlesex County13,79810,67112,8889,81412,9839,10413,2419,38014,22310,36314,893
Newton, Middlesex County41,46635,72842,71833,81844,72035,47345,20133,01947,46941,60050,571
Norfolk County319,997265,329332,828261,646347,354273,538358,263254,227374,542312,152411,042
Essex County313,374258,718334,862260,488356,071269,472368,102258,959392,789317,264424,599
Middlesex County663,624547,665692,287538,444730,490557,974757,380531,679808,630678,178869,347
Massachusetts2,734,0062,220,3012,927,4552,243,8353,102,9952,319,9633,184,1962,186,7893,378,8012,752,6653,658,005

Notes: National data only available for presidential years.






INDICATORS TREND
Change in Total Population 1
Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Language Diversity 1
Increasing
Foreign-Born Population 1
Increasing
Population by Age 1
Increasing
People with Disabilities 1
Increasing
Voter Registration -1
Decreasing
Voter Participation 1
Increasing
Arrest Rate by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Total Jobs 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Living Wage 10 Not Applicable*
Median Household Income 0
Maintaining
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Income in Relation to Poverty Level -1
Decreasing
People Living in Poverty 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
People Living in Poverty by Age -1
Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Females Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Seniors Living in Poverty 1
Increasing
Share of Workers who are Professionals by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Business Ownership by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Access to Financial Services by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Student Performance on Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 10 Not Applicable*
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Overall Housing Cost Burden -1
Decreasing
Median Home Value 0
Maintaining
Median Home Value by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Cost of Homeownership 1
Increasing
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Cost of Renting 1
Increasing
Cost of Rent by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households Receiving SNAP 1
Increasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Food Insecurity 10 Not Applicable*
Households Without Vehicles 1
Increasing
Means of Transportation to Work by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Protected Land 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 10 Not Applicable*
Early Prenatal Care 10 Not Applicable*
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Drug Poisoning Mortality Rate 10 Not Applicable*
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions 10 Not Applicable*
People 65 or Older Living Alone 1
Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Arrest Rate by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Females Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Share of Workers who are Professionals by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Business Ownership by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Student Performance on Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 10 Not Applicable*
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Median Home Value by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Cost of Rent by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*



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