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Overview

Introduction to Westfield, Massachusetts

Westfield, Massachusetts, in Hampden county, is 7 miles W of Chicopee, Massachusetts and 88 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Springfield metropolitan area.

Westfield History

This region was originally known as Woronoco and was inhabited by the Native American tribe known as Pocomtuc. Modern settlers started moving into this area around the 1660s. It was officially incorporated as a town in 1669. It was reincorporated as a city in 1920.

Westfield and nearby Attractions

  • East Mountain
  • Stanley Park of Westfield
  • Amelia Park Arena
  • The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail
  • Hampton Ponds State Park

Things To Do In Westfield

Westfield has been blessed with abundant natural beauty. There are streams and rivers, vast stretches of scenic rolling hills, and farmlands. These are well suited for a wide variety of activities. The 180-acre Stanley Park has facilities for children’s play areas, picnics, and sports like tennis. Moreover the town also has three public golf courses and a public swimming pool.

Westfield Transportation

Flights are available from the Bradley International Airport.

Westfield Higher Education

Westfield State College is the local college. For people who may want more options, there are online colleges that serve the Westfield area. These schools may offer degree programs in English, communication, public health, and education, which may interest people who want to learn how to become an elementary teacher.

People

Total Population 41,480
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 20,263
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 43%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.7%
Median Earnings25+ $41,040
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,386
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,273

Wealth

Median Family Income $77,163
% Above Poverty Level 90.5%
% Below Poverty Level 9.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 28%
Median Gross Rent $866
Median House Value $222,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 9.3%
Irish 22.6%

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

Westfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles W of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 88 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hampden
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01085
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01086
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.125
Longitude -72.75

Westfield 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 KNIGHTVILLE DAM
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 33 F
Apr Temp 32 to 56 F
Jul Temp 56 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
Station HARTFORD BRADLEY INTL AP
Distance 13.7 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 CHESTER 2
Distance 17 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Granville 1,645 $83,224
Montgomery 846 $92,500
Russell 485 $75,673
Southampton 6,022 $91,528
Southwick 9,640 $91,688

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

Westfield Public Libraries

Library
Westfield Athenaeum
6 ELM ST.
Westfield, Massachusetts
(413) 568-7833

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Westfield Hospitals

NOBLE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
115 WEST SILVER STREET
(413) 568-2811
Emergency Service: Yes

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Westfield High Schools

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WESTFIELD HIGH
177 MONTGOMERY RD
413-572-6463
Serves 1,634 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

WESTFIELD VOC TECH HIGH
33 SMITH AVENUE
413-572-6533
A Vocational School
Serves 530 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7

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