Springfield 53 Poor
Springfield Livability #242 ranked city in Massachusetts#26,956 ranked city in the USARanks better than 7% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Springfield Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Springfield Cost of Living Cost of living is 21% lower than Massachusetts
1033% more expensive than the US average
13030% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Springfield cost of living
F Springfield Crime Total crime is 150% higher than Massachusetts
Total crime
3,40345% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3045% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
Springfield crime
F Springfield Employment Household income is 50% lower than Massachusetts
Median household income
$35,74235% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,02736% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%57% higher than the US average
Springfield employment
F Springfield Housing Home value is 57% lower than Massachusetts
Median home value
$146,40021% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$83912% lower than the US average
Home ownership
47%26% lower than the US average
Springfield real estate or Springfield rentals
F Springfield Schools HS graduation rate is 19% lower than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
71%15% lower than the US average
School test scores
31%35% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
11:131% lower than the US average
Springfield K-12 schools
F Springfield User Ratings There are a total of 15 ratings in Springfield
Overall user rating
47% 15 total ratings
User reviews rating
47% 6 total reviews
User surveys rating
48% 9 total surveys
all Springfield poll results

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      Living in Springfield, MA

      Springfield, Massachusetts is a mid-sized city with a population of 153,991 inhabitants. Springfield has a population density of 4,832 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Springfield identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 33% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. The median age of all Springfield residents is 33, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles. Springfield is not known to have a high population (over 15 years old) of married people. At only 46% married, this city falls well below the national average.

      Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Springfield could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Massachusetts if you know where to search. With useful information like crime, education, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Springfield and in the areas around Springfield is a much easier task.

      Springfield has a livability score of 55/100 and is ranked #243 in Massachusetts and #27,019 in the USA. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Springfield may not be a pleasant experience. Something also worth noting is that Springfield ranks among some of the lowest scoring cities in the USA, with more than 90% of cities obtaining a higher score. If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Springfield ranks well for amenities (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Springfield. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F), weather (D-), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Springfield on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Basketball Hall of Fame, Forest Park, and Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Springfield is real estate affordability. The median home price for Springfield homes is $146,400, which is 57.1% lower than the Massachusetts average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Springfield, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.1, which is 14.6% lower than the Massachusetts average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Springfield will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Springfield, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 8.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.3%.

      Springfield transportation information

      Average one way commute22min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work74.6%71.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.5%7.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.9%9.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%0.8%0.6%
      Workers who walk4.5%4.9%2.8%
      Working from home2.8%4.7%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Springfield, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).