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%.
|Average one way commute||22min||29min||26min|
|Workers who drive to work||74.6%||71.1%||76.4%|
|Workers who carpool||11.5%||7.5%||9.3%|
|Workers who take public transit||4.9%||9.9%||5.1%|
|Workers who bicycle||0.3%||0.8%||0.6%|
|Workers who walk||4.5%||4.9%||2.8%|
|Working from home||2.8%||4.7%||4.6%|