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Overview

Introduction to Belchertown, Massachusetts

Belchertown, Massachusetts, in Hampshire county, is 13 miles NE of Chicopee, Massachusetts and 68 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. It is part of the surrounding Springfield metro area.

Belchertown History

Belchertown was first settled in the year 1731. Initially, the region was just used as a resting place by travelers during the spring season. Eventually people set up residences and opened up shops. The region came to be known as Cold Spring. When the community became large, the people of Cold Spring desired an official township. The people renamed the area as Belchertown after Jonathan Belcher, the governor at the time. Belchertown was officially incorporated in the year 1761.

Belchertown and nearby Attractions

  • Town of Belchertown Library
  • Belchertown Historical Association
  • Eric Carle Museum
  • Pelham Historical Society Museum
  • Holyoke Range State Park
  • Ludlow State Forest

Things To Do In Belchertown

The city offers various recreation options like theatres, libraries and parks. There is something for everyone to enjoy. The parks organize special events and programs for the city's people at regular intervals. Those who have a knack for history can visit the various museums and other historic sites dotting the region.

Belchertown Transportation

The nearest major airport to Belchertown is Bradley International.

Belchertown Higher Education

The city serves Western New England college.

Demographics

People

Total Population3,120
Male Share of the Population51.2%
Female Share of the Population48.8%
Senior Citizens16%
Employed Population 16+1,524
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married45.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.3%
Median Earnings25+$37,023
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$68,750
% Above Poverty Level79%
% Below Poverty Level21%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation3.5%

Housing

People Living Alone30.3%
Median Gross Rent$785
Median House Value$244,700

Ancestry

English19.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.7%
Irish17.2%
French Except Basque15.8%
Canadian13.1%
Italian11.3%
Polish9.9%
German7.3%
Portuguese5.8%
Scottish1.9%
Austrian0.6%
Swedish0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Lebanese0.5%
Russian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Arab0.5%
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Belchertown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hampshire County
Standard Zip Codes1007
Phone Area Codes413
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.27
Approximate Longitude-72.4

Belchertown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationAMHERST
Distance10 miles
Jan Temp11 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches
StationBARRE FALLS DAM
Distance21.7 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp55 to 80 F
Oct Temp34 to 59 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches
StationHARTFORD BRADLEY INTL AP
Distance27.8 miles
Jan Temp17 to 34 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 63 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Amherst39,724$92,319
Granby1,475$89,688
Pelham1,300$94,537
South Hadley17,753$78,077
Ware5,771$55,960

Belchertown Public Libraries

Clapp Memorial Library
19 S. MAIN STREET
Belchertown, Massachusetts
(413) 323-0417

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Belchertown Public Schools

Belchertown High
142 Springfield Rd
(413) 323-9419
High
Total Enrollment 760
Cold Spring
57 South Main St
(413) 323-0428
Primary
Total Enrollment 182
Swift River Elementary
57 State St
(413) 323-0472
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Chestnut Hill Community School
59 State St
(413) 323-0437
Middle
Total Enrollment 612
Jabish Middle School
62 North Washington St
(413) 323-0433
Middle
Total Enrollment 395
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