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Overview

Introduction to Palmer, Massachusetts

Palmer, Massachusetts, in Hampden county, is 14 miles E of Springfield, Massachusetts and 66 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Springfield metropolitan area.

Palmer History

John King from England was the first settler in Palmer. He built a house on the banks of the Chicopee river in 1716. In 1727, a large number of Scottish-Irish Presbyterians settled in this area. It was incorporated with Massachusetts in 1775. The area developed as a commercial center renowned for producing textiles.

Palmer and nearby Attractions

  • Norcross Wildlife Foundation
  • Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Monson Historical Society Inc
  • Palmer Memorial Hall
  • Oak Haven Family Campground

Things To Do In Palmer

Palmer has many places of interests within its boundaries, as well as in the neighboring areas. There are golf courses, parks and camping grounds. One can also visit places of historical interest like the Palmer Memorial Hall. There are number of museums in and around the area as well.

Palmer Transportation

The nearest major airport is Bradley International.

Palmer Higher Education

Higher education can be availed from the Western New England College.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

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

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

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

Palmer Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 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 01069
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.158
Longitude -72.329

Palmer Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station EAST BRIMFIELD LAKE
Distance 10.5 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 AMHERST
Distance 18.7 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
Station HARTFORD BRADLEY INTL AP
Distance 23.9 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
Ludlow 21,348 $73,930
Monson 8,713 $84,336
Warren 1,271 $42,904
Wilbraham 3,892 $103,411

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

Palmer Public Libraries

Library
Palmer Public Library
1455 NORTH MAIN ST.
Palmer, Massachusetts
(413) 283-3330
Library Web Site

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Palmer Hospitals

WING MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
40 WRIGHT STREET
(413) 283-7651
Emergency Service: Yes

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Palmer High Schools

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PALMER HIGH
4105 MAIN STREET
413-283-6511
Serves 698 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

PATHFINDER VOC TECH
240 SYKES STREET
413-283-9701
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 609 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.9

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