Introduction to Ware, Massachusetts

Ware, Massachusetts, in Hampshire county, is 20 miles E of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center) and 60 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is conveniently located inside the Springfield metropolitan area.

Ware History

In 1716, John Read was granted a tract of land that was over 11,000 acres which he named Manour of Peace. The first settlers arrived in the area in 1717 and Ware was officially incorporated in 1775. The name is derived from the Native American word "Nenameseck," which means fishing weir. In the 1800s, when a large number of textile mills began operating in the community, the town of Ware transcended from an agrarian economy to an industrial society. The era following the Civil War ensured prosperity and growth for this textile mill town.

Ware and Nearby Attractions

  • Lucy Stone Home Site
  • Amherst History Museum
  • Grenville Park
  • Holyoke Merry-Go-Round
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Things To Do In Ware

The area around Ware is dotted with beautiful parks like the Skinner State Park, the Chicopee Memorial State Park, and the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation. Museums near Ware include the Children's Museum at Holyoke, the Storrowton Village Museum, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Hadley Farm Museum. The Ware Grange Fair held in August and the Apple Festival celebrated during October are the prime attractions of this town. The Tower Hill Botanic Garden another attractions located near Ware.

Ware Transportation

Air transportation is available at the Bradley International Airport.

Ware Higher Education

Colleges close to Ware include the Western New England College, the Springfield College, and Mount Holyoke College.


Total Population 5,772
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 16.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,795
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 38.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.7%
Median Earnings25+ $34,220
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,385
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,322


Median Family Income $52,892
% Above Poverty Level 78.9%
% Below Poverty Level 21.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 32.4%
Median Gross Rent $802
Median House Value $158,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.4%
US/American 1.2%
English 13.1%
Irish 24.1%

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

Ware Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles E of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hampshire
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01082
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.259
Longitude -72.24

Ware Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 11.3 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
Distance 16 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 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 34 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brookfield 786 $58,417
Hardwick 3,001 $69,792
New Braintree 1,133 $84,844
North Brookfield 2,132 $65,000
Warren 1,271 $42,904
West Brookfield 1,333 $68,600

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

Ware Public Libraries

Young Men's Library Association
Ware, Massachusetts
(413) 967-5491

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Ware Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(413) 967-6211
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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