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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population56,100
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens17.5%
Employed Population 16+26,693
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married41.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.1%
Median Earnings25+$39,707
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,476
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,442

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,038
% Above Poverty Level85.5%
% Below Poverty Level14.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.4%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone31.7%
Median Gross Rent$845
Median House Value$173,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.5%
French Except Basque17.1%
Polish16.9%
Irish15.6%
Canadian8.2%
Italian8.1%
English6.1%
German5.3%
Portuguese2.9%
Scottish1.6%
Russian1.6%
Ukrainian1.2%
Greek0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Arab0.6%
African0.5%
Dutch0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Brazilian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Jamaican0.2%
Czech0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Cape Verdean0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
US/American0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Chicopee Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hampden County
Standard Zip Codes1020, 1013, 1022
P.O. Box Zip Codes1014, 1021
Phone Area Codes413
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.17
Approximate Longitude-72.57

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)

StationHARTFORD BRADLEY INTL AP
Distance15.4 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
StationAMHERST
Distance16.7 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
StationCUMMINGTON HILL
Distance27.6 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp33 to 52 F
Jul Temp58 to 78 F
Oct Temp37 to 57 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Holyoke40,280$45,598
Longmeadow15,837$122,889
Ludlow21,352$76,472
Springfield153,991$39,836

Chicopee Public Libraries

Chicopee Public Library
449 FRONT ST.
Chicopee, Massachusetts
(413) 594-1800

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Chicopee Public Schools

Hampden Charter School Of Science
20 Johnson Rd
Other
Total Enrollment 291
Chicopee High
820 Front St
(413) 594-3437
High
Total Enrollment 1134
Chicopee Academy
650 Fron T St
(413) 594-3434
High
Total Enrollment 97
Selser
12 D.a.r.e. Way
(413) 594-3449
Primary
Total Enrollment 372
Szetela Early Childhood Center
66 Macek Dr
(413) 594-3597
Primary
Total Enrollment 240
Lambert-lavoie
99 Kendall St
(413) 594-3444
Primary
Total Enrollment 304
Litwin
135 Litwin Ln
(413) 594-3545
Primary
Total Enrollment 402
Streiber Memorial School
40 Streiber Dr
(413) 594-3446
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
Fairview Middle
26 Memorial Ave
(413) 594-3501
Middle
Total Enrollment 715
Bowie
80 D.a.r.e. Way
(413) 594-3532
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Chicopee Comprehensive High School
617 Montgomery St
(413) 594-3534
High
Total Enrollment 1467
Barry
44 Connell St
(413) 594-3425
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Bellamy Middle
314 Pendleton Ave
(413) 594-3527
Middle
Total Enrollment 960
Bowe
115 Hampden St
(413) 594-3431
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Gen John J Stefanik
720 Meadow St
(413) 594-3464
Primary
Total Enrollment 382
Belcher
125 Montgomery St
(413) 594-3526
Primary
Total Enrollment 264

Chicopee Private Schools

Holy Name School
63 South St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 93
Valley West School
269 Moore St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 74
St Joan Of Arc School
587 Grattan St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 221
St Stanislaus Elementary School
534 Front St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 344
Holyoke Catholic High School
134 Springfield St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 301
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