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Overview

Introduction to Monson, Massachusetts

Monson, Massachusetts, in Hampden county, is 13 miles E of Springfield, Massachusetts (center to center) and 66 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts.

Monson History

The earliest settlers arrived in 1715, but it was not until 1759 that the residents of Brimfield town petitioned the General Court and formed Monson. Due to abundant waterpower in this region, electricity generation stimulated the town's economy. Monson became filled with mills - sawmills, gristmills and woollen mills. There was also a granite quarry, owned by Rufus Flynt and later by his son, William. The mill owners were extremly wealthy and at one time, Main Street, which had a row of mansions, was nicknamed "Millionaire's Mile." A culturally rich town, Monson was incorporated in 1775.

Monson and Nearby Attractions

  • Emily Dickinson Homestead
  • Amherst History Museum
  • Bigelow Hollow State Park
  • Holyoke Merry-Go-Round
  • Abbey of Regina Laudis

Things To Do In Monson

The Abbey of Regina Laudis, Copernican Observatory & Planetarium, Garden in the Woods and the International Skating Center of Connecticut are all popular destinations near Monson. A visit to Amherst History Museum, the Connecticut Trolley Museum, and the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum would offer historical information about the area. Historical sites such as the Emily Dickinson Homestead, the Lucy Stone Home Site, and the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, are nearby. Bigelow Hollow State Park, Wells State Park and Brimfield State Forest are parks that are also in the vicinity.

Monson Transportation

Flights are available from Bradley International Airport.

Monson Higher Education

Colleges near Monson include American International College, Amherst College, and Anna Maria College.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,741
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens16.9%
Employed Population 16+4,692
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married52.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27%
Median Earnings25+$43,189
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,031
Median Earnings With High School Degree$38,203

Wealth

Median Family Income$85,648
% Above Poverty Level94.5%
% Below Poverty Level5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone21.7%
Median Gross Rent$855
Median House Value$229,400

Ancestry

Irish24.7%
French Except Basque20.3%
English15.8%
Polish13.1%
Italian10.5%
Canadian10%
German10%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)8.8%
Scottish4.3%
Dutch2.2%
Swedish1.9%
Arab1.2%
Ukrainian1.1%
Lithuanian0.8%
Syrian0.8%
Greek0.7%
Finnish0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Albanian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Slovene0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
US/American0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Czech0.1%
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Monson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hampden County
Standard Zip Codes1057
Phone Area Codes413
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.09
Approximate Longitude-72.31

Monson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationEAST BRIMFIELD LAKE
Distance9.6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 33 F
Apr Temp33 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip47.4 inches
StationSTORRS
Distance21.3 miles
Jan Temp17 to 34 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp61 to 80 F
Oct Temp41 to 61 F
Annual Precip51.6 inches
StationHARTFORD BRADLEY INTL AP
Distance22.1 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
Brimfield3,718$95,161
Hampden5,190$87,768
Holland1,380$73,393
Wales2,016$65,000
Wilbraham3,916$104,770

Monson Public Libraries

Monson Free Library & Reading Room
2 HIGH STREET
Monson, Massachusetts
(413) 267-3866

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Monson Public Schools

Monson Innovation High School
55 Margaret St
(413) 267-4589
High
Total Enrollment 341
Granite Valley Middle
21 Thompson St
(413) 267-4155
Middle
Total Enrollment 466
Quarry Hill Community School
43 Margaret St
(413) 267-4160
Primary
Total Enrollment 508
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