What's it like to live in Springfield, MA?


Profile written by local expert:

Andy Castillo

Resting along the banks of the Connecticut River, Springfield, Massachusetts, is located on the southern doorstep of the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, a region that's loved by outdoorsy types for its natural beauty and abundant hiking trails.

Springfield is also the region's economic hub and an academic center. Several companies are headquartered in the metro area, including Fortune 500 financial services firm MassMutual. Meanwhile, higher education institutions like Springfield College and Western New England University bring in college students who diversify the city's population.

What's more, all the various recreational and employment opportunities that Springfield offers are within easy reach of other major East Coast metro areas. Springfield is about three hours from New York City, 90 minutes from Boston and roughly 30 minutes from Hartford, Connecticut.

Rankings

U.S. News analyzed 150 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Springfield, Massachusetts is ranked:

#98 in Best Places to Live

#103 in Best Places to Retire

6.3

Overall

Scorecard

Best Places to Live

  • Desirability
    6.0
  • Value
    5.8
  • Job Market
    6.9
  • Quality of Life
    6.9
  • Net Migration
    5.8

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Springfield, MA Quick Stats

  • 630,275

    Metro Population

  • $52,540

    Average Annual Salary

  • 59.2° / 37.3°

    Avg High/Low Temps

  • 38.3

    Median Age

  • $210,708

    Median Home Price

  • 48.4 inches

    AVG Annual Rainfall

  • 3.7%

    Unemployment Rate

  • $928

    Median Monthly Rent

  • 22.8 minutes

    Avg Commute Time

What is there to do in Springfield, MA?

Springfield is the entertainment and nightlife destination of Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley. The MassMutual Center hosts concerts, conventions and other events, and is home to the AHL Springfield Thunderbirds. Symphony Hall is also a good place to catch a live performance.

Those who go in search of outdoor activities often find themselves in Forest Park, home to walking paths and sports fields, as well as a zoo and an ice rink. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a popular attraction for residents and out-of-owners alike.

Across the river in Agawam, Six Flags New England is a popular destination for families. 

What's the cost of living in Springfield, MA?

Compared with other East Coast metropolitan areas like Boston and New York City, Springfield is an affordable place to live. Housing tends to get more expensive the farther away it is from the city center. The median home sale price in the city is lower than the national median. However, everyday expenses, such as groceries, utilities and transportation, can be higher than the national average.

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Value Index

Index Score: 5.8 /10

How we calculate this.


Springfield offers a lower value than similarly sized metro areas when you compare housing costs to median household income.

Housing Costs 2019


Springfield
$210,708

USA
$232,933

Housing Costs Over Time

Data sourced from Zillow median home sale price data series. Additional data provided by the Austin Board of Realtors, Houston Association of Realtors, Intermountain MLS, Omaha Area Board of Realtors, San Antonio Board of Realtors, and the Salt Lake Board of Realtors.

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What's the weather like in Springfield, MA?

Springfield enjoys all four seasons. Western Massachusetts is famous for its spectacular fall, with cool, crisp air accompanying the colorful autumn foliage.

Seasonal Temperature (Avgs)

26.6°F


Winter

46.9°F


Spring

69.1°F


Summer

50.5°F


Fall

Seasonal Rainfall (Avgs)

3.4 in


Winter

4.4 in


Spring

4.4 in


Summer

4.8 in


Fall

Monthly High and Low Temperatures (°F)

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center.

What's the best way to get around Springfield, MA?

It's easy to get around downtown Springfield and nearby suburbs using public transportation. Each year, people use the Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority's local buses to get around Springfield and to other area destinations, including Holyoke, Northampton and Amherst.

However, most Springfield residents still choose to drive. Traffic is heavy throughout Springfield, especially in the downtown district during rush hour.

Peter Pan Bus Lines runs charter routes from Springfield to destinations including Boston, New York City and Northampton, Massachusetts. Amtrak has a route that runs from Vermont through Springfield to New York City before continuing south to Washington, D.C. Bradley International Airport north of Hartford, Connecticut, is just a 25-minute drive from Springfield on Interstate 91.

Commuting in Springfield, MA

Means of Transportation
Driving
87%
Equal to national average

Bicycling
0%
Equal to national average

Walking
5%
Above national average

Public Transit
2%
Below national average
Average Commute Time

22.8 minutes

3.8 minutes less than national average

Average Commute Times by Zip Code

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

Who lives in Springfield, MA?

Springfield's population is culturally diverse. A strong Catholic community formed by Irish, Italian and Hispanic influences flourishes throughout the metro area.

Age Distribution

Marital Status Breakdown


More single people in Springfield than
national average

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.