Pelham, Massachusetts

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Pelham, Massachusetts

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Pelham College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Pelham Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Pelham Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Pelham Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Pelham People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Pelham Low Rate of Poverty
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 19% Pelham Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Pelham, Massachusetts

Comparing Pelham 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
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 6
Well-Paid Single Men 10 6
Age of the Population 9 10
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Racial Diversity 7 7
Senior Citizens 3 5
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 5
Average Household Size 7 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 10 7
People in Middle Class or Better 10 7
People Above Poverty 9 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 8 8
Public Transportation Use 7 2
Short Commute Times 6 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 6
Housing Recently Built 6 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 3
People Living Alone 2 3
Affordability of Rents 1 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2

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Pelham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 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 01002
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.393
Longitude -72.404

Pelham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.6 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 19.1 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 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 32 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 60 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
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Pelham Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,403 100%
Male 701 50%
Female 702 50%
Under 18 326 23.2%
18+ 1,077 76.8%
65+ 175 12.5%
Median Age 42.4
Average Family Size 2.95
White 1,334 95.1%
African-American 20 1.4%
Asian 15 1.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 9 0.6%
Mixed Race 25 1.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 26 1.9%

Estimated Pelham Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,416
Growth 13
Growth % 0.9%

Pelham 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
English 19.2%
Irish 13.7%
German 8.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.2%
Polish 7.8%
French (except Basque) 5.2%
US/American 4.3%
Italian 4.2%
Scottish 3.2%
Russian 2.9%
French Canadian 2.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
Dutch 1.6%
Eastern European 1.6%
European 1.5%
Ukrainian 1.5%
Greek 1.3%
Latvian 1.2%
Swedish 1.2%
Finnish 0.8%
Portuguese 0.7%
Austrian 0.7%
African 0.7%
Scandinavian 0.7%
Danish 0.6%
Czech 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
British 0.4%
Northern European 0.4%
Slovene 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Slovak 0.2%
South African 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Basque 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Cushman (01002)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Pelham 1,403 $71,667
Amherst 34,874 $61,237
Belchertown 12,968 $60,830
Hadley 4,793 $61,897
Leverett 1,663 $73,333
New Salem 929 $54,500
Shutesbury 1,810 $65,521

Pelham Public Libraries

Pelham Free Public Library
Pelham, Massachusetts
(413) 253-0657

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