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:
- 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.