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Overview

Introduction to Chicopee, Massachusetts

Chicopee, Massachusetts, in Hampden county, is 80 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. It's situated along the Connecticut River in the Pioneer Valley and is included in the Springfield Massachusetts metropolitan area. The Chicopee River runs through the southern portion of the town. It includes a collection of distinct neighborhoods. The city is home to Westover Air Reserve Base.

Chicopee Provision Company is a primary producer of Polish kielbasa for the Blue Seal brand. In the early years, the city was primarily filled with Polish and French Canadian residents. In the past, Chicopee was a prominent mill town. It's one of the larger cities in Western Massachusetts. Manufacturing, trade and services are important parts of the local economy.

Chicopee History

The Nipmuck Indians were residing in the region before the English arrived. The word "Chicopee" is from the Nipmuck language. The town was settled in 1640 and was included in Springfield until 1848. During the 19th century the cotton mills, brass foundries, wool mills and iron foundries were thriving. The Ames Manufacturing Company produced a large number of machines, swords and bronze cannons. The Ames swords were used during the Civil War.

Chicopee Attractions

  • Chicopee Falls Dam was built with masonry stones.
  • The Chicopee City Hall was constructed with similarities to the Palazzo Vecchio located in Florence, Italy.
  • The historic center of Chicopee.
  • Edward Bellamy Homestead is a National Historic Landmark.

Chicopee Activities

The Chicopee Memorial State Park is a vast acreage and is a popular recreational area. The extensive riverbanks provide the residents with recreational opportunities and excellent views. The nearby Robinson State Park, Goat Peak Lookout Trail and Mount Tom State Reservation are popular areas for hiking enthusiasts. Skiers enjoy the close by Blandford Ski Area. There are numerous golf courses in the region including the Orchards Golf Course.

Chicopee Higher Education

Elms College is located in Chicopee. The nearby University of Massachusetts and American International College provide opportunities for higher education.

Chicopee Transportation

Air travel services are available from the close by Bradley International Airport. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority offers bus service. Amtrak provides rail transportation from nearby Springfield.

People

Total Population 56,186
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 26,605
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 41.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.3%
Median Earnings25+ $37,494
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,082
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,575

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,218
% Above Poverty Level 86.7%
% Below Poverty Level 13.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.5%
Median Gross Rent $831
Median House Value $173,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.1%
US/American 0%
English 6.4%
Irish 15.5%

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

Chicopee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 80 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hampden
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01013, 01020, 01022
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01014, 01021
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.148
Longitude -72.608

Chicopee 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 15.4 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 16.7 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 CUMMINGTON HILL
Distance 27.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 52 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 37 to 57 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Chicopee, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Willimansett (01013)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Holyoke 40,342 $41,194
Longmeadow 15,877 $131,086
Ludlow 21,348 $73,930
Springfield 153,947 $38,847

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

Chicopee Public Libraries

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Chicopee High Schools

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CHICOPEE COMPREHENSIVE HS
617 MONTGOMERY STREET
413-594-3534
Serves 1,240 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

CHICOPEE HIGH
650 FRONT STREET
413-594-3437
Serves 1,000 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

CHAPIN ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
40 MEADOW STREET
413-594-3434
A Non-traditional School
Serves 91 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.1

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