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Overview

Introduction to Springfield, Massachusetts

Founded in 1636, Springfield is the third largest city in Massachusetts with a population of slightly more than 150,000 people. Springfield is also the county seat of Hampden County. According to U.S. Census estimates, the Springfield metropolitan statistical area has a population of nearly 690,000 people.

Springfield is located in south/central Massachusetts, near the Connecticut border. It is about an hour drive southwest from Worcester, Massachusetts. Springfield is home to one Fortune 500 Company, Mass. Mutual Life Insurance.

Springfield's climate is characterized by four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and summers tend to be warm and humid. January is the coldest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 35 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the warmest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Springfield Arts and Entertainment

For a city of its size, Springfield provides a good mix of arts and entertainment offerings. Some of the more notable include:

  • CityStage
  • The Connecticut Valley Historical Museum
  • The Dr. Seuss National Memorial
  • The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • Six Flags Amusement Park of New England in nearby Agawam, Massachusetts
  • The Springfield Science Museum
  • The Springfield Symphony Orchestra
  • The Zoo in Forest Park

For sports fans, professional sports are located an hour or more to the east of Springfield in eastern Massachusetts. Nearby Worcester is home to a professional baseball team, the Worcester Tornadoes, who play in the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, or Can-Am League. Further to the east you will find Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox, the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins, Major League Soccer's (MLS) New England Revolution, the NBA's Boston Celtics, the NFL's New England Patriots, the United Soccer League's (USL) USL-W Division Boston Renegades, and World Team Tennis' (WTT) Boston Lobsters.

Springfield is home to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and nearby Holyoke, Massachusetts is home to the Volleyball Hall of Fame.

People

Total Population 153,836
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 57,941
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 32.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.9%
Median Earnings25+ $31,380
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,793
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,160

Wealth

Median Family Income $39,132
% Above Poverty Level 69.9%
% Below Poverty Level 30.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 5.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.1%
Median Gross Rent $813
Median House Value $146,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.1%
Irish 10.3%

Springfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 80 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hampden
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01103, 01104, 01105, 01106, 01107, 01108, 01109, 01118, 01119, 01128, 01129, 01144, 01151, 01152
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01101, 01102, 01138, 01139
Company Zip Codes 01111, 01114, 01115, 01133, 01195, 01199
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.101
Longitude -72.59

Springfield 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 HARTFORD BRADLEY INTL AP
Distance 12.6 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 AMHERST
Distance 19.7 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 CHESTER 2
Distance 24.4 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, Springfield, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bay State W Tower (01115)

Brightwood (01107)

Indian Orch (01151)

Indian Orchard (01151)

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 55,603 $58,781
East Longmeadow 15,917 $101,739
Holyoke 40,079 $40,559
Longmeadow 15,858 $127,250

Springfield Public Libraries

Library
Springfield City Library
220 STATE ST.
Springfield, Massachusetts
(413) 263-6800
Library Web Site

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Springfield Hospitals

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
271 CAREW STREET
(413) 748-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

BAYSTATE MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
759 CHESTNUT STREET
(413) 794-0000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Springfield High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

HIGH SCHOOL/SCIENCE-TECH
1250 STATE STREET
413-750-2000
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,853 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL HIGH
1840 ROOSEVELT AVENUE
413-787-7085
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,843 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

HIGH SCHOOL OF COMMERCE
415 STATE STREET
413-787-7220
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,722 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

SABIS INTERNATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL
160 JOAN STREET
413-783-2600
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 1,343 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

PUTNAM VOC TECH HIGH SCH
1300 STATE STREET
413-787-7424
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 982 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.4

NEW LEADERSHIP HMCS SCHOOL
180 ASHLAND AVENUE
413-782-9111
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 378 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.8

SPRINGFIELD H S
1170 CAREW STREET
413-750-2929
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 228 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.4

SPRINGFIELD ACADEMY
495 CHESTNUT STREET
413-787-7036
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 193 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

MASS CAREER DEV INSTITUTE
140 WILBRAHAM AVENUE
413-781-5640
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 101 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.2

BRIDGE ACADEMY
118 ALDEN STREET
413-787-7261
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 50 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.3

S.A.G.E.
495 CHESTNUT STREET
413-787-7285
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.2

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Historic Springfield

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Court House between 1910 and 1920

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Court House between 1910 and 1920

Court House c1908.

Massasoit House and R.R. Arch c1908.

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