Introduction to Belchertown, Massachusetts

Belchertown, Massachusetts, in Hampshire county, is 13 miles NE of Chicopee, Massachusetts and 68 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. It is part of the surrounding Springfield metro area.

Belchertown History

Belchertown was first settled in the year 1731. Initially, the region was just used as a resting place by travelers during the spring season. Eventually people set up residences and opened up shops. The region came to be known as Cold Spring. When the community became large, the people of Cold Spring desired an official township. The people renamed the area as Belchertown after Jonathan Belcher, the governor at the time. Belchertown was officially incorporated in the year 1761.

Belchertown and nearby Attractions

  • Town of Belchertown Library
  • Belchertown Historical Association
  • Eric Carle Museum
  • Pelham Historical Society Museum
  • Holyoke Range State Park
  • Ludlow State Forest

Things To Do In Belchertown

The city offers various recreation options like theatres, libraries and parks. There is something for everyone to enjoy. The parks organize special events and programs for the city's people at regular intervals. Those who have a knack for history can visit the various museums and other historic sites dotting the region.

Belchertown Transportation

The nearest major airport to Belchertown is Bradley International.

Belchertown Higher Education

The city serves Western New England college.


Total Population 3,289
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 1,409
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 43.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $52,708
% Above Poverty Level 79.5%
% Below Poverty Level 20.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%


People Living Alone 30.5%
Median Gross Rent $805
Median House Value $236,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.6%
US/American 0%
English 18.9%
Irish 17.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Belchertown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles NE of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hampshire
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01007
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.276
Longitude -72.401

Belchertown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Distance 21.7 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Distance 27.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Amherst 39,482 $96,005
Granby 1,431 $87,917
Pelham 1,316 $99,286
South Hadley 17,763 $82,891
Ware 5,772 $52,892

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Belchertown Public Libraries

Clapp Memorial Library
19 S. MAIN ST.
Belchertown, Massachusetts
(413) 323-0417

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Belchertown High Schools

Serves 684 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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