Introduction to Monson, Massachusetts

Monson, Massachusetts, in Hampden county, is 13 miles E of Springfield, Massachusetts (center to center) and 66 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts.

Monson History

The earliest settlers arrived in 1715, but it was not until 1759 that the residents of Brimfield town petitioned the General Court and formed Monson. Due to abundant waterpower in this region, electricity generation stimulated the town's economy. Monson became filled with mills - sawmills, gristmills and woollen mills. There was also a granite quarry, owned by Rufus Flynt and later by his son, William. The mill owners were extremly wealthy and at one time, Main Street, which had a row of mansions, was nicknamed "Millionaire's Mile." A culturally rich town, Monson was incorporated in 1775.

Monson and Nearby Attractions

  • Emily Dickinson Homestead
  • Amherst History Museum
  • Bigelow Hollow State Park
  • Holyoke Merry-Go-Round
  • Abbey of Regina Laudis

Things To Do In Monson

The Abbey of Regina Laudis, Copernican Observatory & Planetarium, Garden in the Woods and the International Skating Center of Connecticut are all popular destinations near Monson. A visit to Amherst History Museum, the Connecticut Trolley Museum, and the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum would offer historical information about the area. Historical sites such as the Emily Dickinson Homestead, the Lucy Stone Home Site, and the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, are nearby. Bigelow Hollow State Park, Wells State Park and Brimfield State Forest are parks that are also in the vicinity.

Monson Transportation

Flights are available from Bradley International Airport.

Monson Higher Education

Colleges near Monson include American International College, Amherst College, and Anna Maria College.


Total Population 8,713
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,600
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.9%
Median Earnings25+ $41,810
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,365
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,424


Median Family Income $84,336
% Above Poverty Level 91.3%
% Below Poverty Level 8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 24.7%
Median Gross Rent $836
Median House Value $231,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 15.1%
Irish 24.1%

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

Monson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles E of Springfield, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 66 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hampden
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01057
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.104
Longitude -72.319

Monson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 47.4 inches
Station STORRS
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Distance 22.1 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
Brimfield 3,695 $105,500
Hampden 5,179 $89,936
Holland 1,433 $76,500
Wales 1,904 $60,966
Wilbraham 3,892 $103,411

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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