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Palmer, Massachusetts


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Palmer, Massachusetts

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 has a population of 12,497.

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.

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High Points

Palmer strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 8% Palmer Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Palmer, Massachusetts

Comparing Palmer to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Age of the Population 7 5
Well-Paid Single Men 7 3
Senior Citizens 7 8
Well-Paid Single Women 6 3
Male Share of the Population 6 4
Female Share of the Population 5 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4
Racial Diversity 2 5

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Average Household Size 5 3
Portion of People Married 4 2

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People Above Poverty 6 2
People in Middle Class or Better 6 2
Median Family Income 6 2
College Educated Adults 3 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 10
Short Commute Times 5 8
Working at Home 5 3
Public Transportation Use 2 1

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 5
People Living Alone 6 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 8
Affordability of Rents 5 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 6
Housing Recently Built 3 4

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 7 3
Low Violent Crime 4 3

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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
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Palmer Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,497 100%
Male 6,039 48.3%
Female 6,458 51.7%
Under 18 3,148 25.2%
18+ 9,349 74.8%
65+ 1,940 15.5%
Median Age 38.1
Average Family Size 3.01
White 12,100 96.8%
African-American 94 0.8%
Asian 70 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 29 0.2%
Other 55 0.4%
Mixed Race 149 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 154 1.2%

Estimated Palmer Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 12,925
Growth 428
Growth % 3.4%

Palmer Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Polish 21.5%
French (except Basque) 17.8%
Irish 13.1%
French Canadian 9.6%
Italian 8.3%
English 5.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.1%
US/American 3.4%
Scottish 2.9%
German 2.9%
Portuguese 1.5%
Canadian 1.2%
Russian 1%
Greek 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Swedish 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.7%
African 0.6%
Norwegian 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Latvian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
British 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Palmer 12,497 $49,358
Brimfield 3,339 $59,943
Hampden 5,171 $75,407
Ludlow 21,209 $55,717
Monson 8,359 $58,607
Warren 4,776 $39,598
Wilbraham 13,473 $73,825

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 (2004)


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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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