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


Andy Castillo

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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 125 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:

#86 in Best Places to Live

#69 in Best Places to Retire

6.3

Overall

Scorecard

Best Places to Live

  • Desirability
    5.5
  • Value
    5.9
  • Job Market
    6.6
  • Quality of Life
    7.1
  • Net Migration
    5.7

Read how we rank places

Springfield, MA Quick Stats

  • 630,385

    Metro Population

  • $50,930

    Average Annual Salary

  • 59.2° / 37.3°

    Avg High/Low Temps

  • 38.2

    Median Age

  • $199,650

    Median Home Price

  • 48.4 inches

    AVG Annual Rainfall

  • 4.2%

    Unemployment Rate

  • $903

    Median Monthly Rent

  • 22.8 minutes

    Avg Commute Time

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

Compared to 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, tend to be higher than the national average.

Value Index

Index Score: 5.9 /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 2018


Springfield
$199,650

USA
$227,025

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 season, 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, millions of 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 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. And 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
1%
Equal to national average

Walking
5%
Above national average

Public Transit
2%
Below national average
Average Commute Time

22.8 minutes

3.6 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.

Traditionally, Massachusetts has been at the forefront of socially progressive movements.

The mean annual income for residents of Springfield is roughly on par with the national mean, but in comparison to other East Coast metro areas, Springfield residents earn less. Income disparity is a problem, and nearly 30 percent of Springfield's population lives below the poverty line.

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.

What is there to do in Springfield, MA?

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

Those who go in search of outdoor activities often find themselves in Forest Park, home to many walking paths and sports fields, as well as a zoo, an ice rink and several golf courses. 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.