Introduction to Holyoke, Massachusetts

Holyoke, Massachusetts, in Hampden county, is 3 miles N of Chicopee, Massachusetts and 80 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. Holyoke is part of the surrounding Springfield metro area.

Holyoke History

This region of the Connecticut River Valley was first settled by Englishmen in the year 1633. People from Massachusetts Bay explored the overland route to the "Great River" and in 1635-36, a warehouse and wharf was constructed near Agawam to trade with the Indians. Springfield grew out of this trading post. It later evolved into West Springfield, whose third Parish, North Parish, became Holyoke. Holyoke was first settled in 1745 and was officially incorporated in the year 1850.

Holyoke and nearby Attractions

  • Holyoke Canal System
  • Mount Tom of the Mount Tom Range
  • Metacomet-Monadnock Trail
  • East Mountain
  • Holyoke Heritage State Park
  • Holyoke Merry Go Round

Things To Do In Holyoke

The city offers an endless list of things to do. If you wish to explore the history of the area then visit the Wistariahurst Museum. There are many educational programs, exhibits and special events organized in the museum at regular intervals. You can also relax at the public parks or catch a movie at the local theater. Food lovers will love the various restaurants and cafes dotting the city.

Holyoke Transportation

The nearest major airport serving the city is Bradley International.

Holyoke Higher Education

The local college serving the city is Holyoke Community College.


Total Population 40,342
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 15,893
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 33.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.4%
Median Earnings25+ $32,230
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,261
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,377


Median Family Income $41,194
% Above Poverty Level 71.2%
% Below Poverty Level 28.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 29%
Median Gross Rent $700
Median House Value $186,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 13.9%

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

Holyoke Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles N of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 80 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hampden
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01040
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01041
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.204
Longitude -72.616

Holyoke Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 13.1 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 19 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
Station CHESTER 2
Distance 19.9 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 31 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 57 to 86 F
Oct Temp 34 to 64 F
Annual Precip 61.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Holyoke, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Halyoke (01040, 01041)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chicopee 56,186 $59,218
Granby 1,431 $87,917
South Hadley 17,763 $82,891
Southampton 6,022 $91,528

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

Holyoke Public Libraries

Holyoke Public Library
Holyoke, Massachusetts
(413) 534-2211

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Holyoke Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(413) 534-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Holyoke High Schools

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A Title I School.
Serves 1,263 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

A Vocational School
A Title I School.
Serves 767 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 64 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.4

Holyoke Colleges

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Historic Holyoke


House of Providence between 1900 and 1910

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House of Providence between 1900 and 1910

City hospital between 1900 and 1910

Holyoke dam c1904.

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