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A+ Springfield Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Springfield Cost of Living Cost of living is 22% lower than Massachusetts
Springfield
1022% more expensive than the US average
Massachusetts
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Springfield cost of living
F Springfield Crime Total crime is 114% higher than Massachusetts
Total crime
3,84640% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2640% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%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
38%23% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
11:131% lower than the US average
Springfield K-12 schools or Springfield colleges

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%.

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Compare Springfield, MA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Springfield, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
East Forest Park, Springfield732.810,379
Sixteen Acres, Springfield684.321,307
East Springfield, Springfield663.58,156
Pine Point, Springfield663.410,654
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Bay, Springfield652.23,149
Upper Hill, Springfield6427,709
Liberty Heights, Springfield631.815,011
Boston Road, Springfield625.34,470

Best Cities Near Springfield, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Glastonbury Center, CT8027.57,523
Canton Valley, CT7924.51,500
Plantsville, CT7939.11,702
Portland, CT7936.25,607
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Weatogue, CT7921.53,179
Kensington, CT7834.18,528
Simsbury Center, CT78215,968
West Hartford, CT7824.663,187

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Springfield, MA City Review

Attractions7/10
Community8/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping9/10
I have lived in Springfield, MA for almost 20 years. There seems to always be something new to find that I haven't discovered in the area. The restaurants are amazing, and the shopping centers have a large selection of items for every budget. One of the things that could grow is the housing market. I live in an older house that has two bedrooms, and most of the new homes that I have seen built in the city are apartments.

The city has a lot of history. It's only a short drive to Washington, so I try to get to the museums as much as possible. One of my favorite places to go, especially in the winter, is Forest Park. The park turns into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights on fun displays. This is the perfect setting for a family to go to if they want to see lights for the Christmas season. When it's warm, I enjoy walking my dog in the large park and seeing all of the children playing.

The schools in the area could use some improvements. I have talked to several children in my neighborhood who don't really feel like they are receiving a good education because the classrooms are overcrowded. However, there are numerous after school programs and educational centers in Springfield that teach about the history of the area and the arts, such as the Springfield Science Museum. The Basketball Hall of Fame is worth seeing if you like sports. You can sometimes get autographs if there are players in the city. The best time to explore the city is in the spring because the weather hasn't warmed up as much and people are still inside their homes for the most part.
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Springfield - Not as bad as media makes it out to be

Attractions6/10
Community6/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining8/10
Shopping8/10
I moved to Springfield 4 years ago. I did so because of its central location and close vicinity to highways, shopping, entertainment and of course nearby family. Honestly I was a bit reluctant to do so because I was raised in a small Massachusetts Town and had only heard about Springfield through our reliable media. I can honestly say that living in Springfield has been a pleasant experience. I live in one of the best neighborhoods in the city, but unfortunately all of Springfield gets a bad rep. Please who are not from around here don't realize that good neighborhoods still exist. Yes there are very bad neighborhoods in Springfield where the crime rates soar, but this is the same in any large city.

A couple things to note:
*The picture provided for the cover of the review, isn't even of Springfield.
*If you click on Springfield to "find more" it has bogus stats like gas prices are $3.96, and average summer temp is 69... All wrong.

Positive things to note:
*Very central! 5-10min from many neighboring Towns and highways
*Fire Department is excellent
*Realestate is very affordable
*There are many charter schools and private school options in addition to the notorious public schools that get a bad rep.
*Attractions such as Forest Park and Forest Park Zoo, and the Museums at the Quadrangle
*Amazing restaurants
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good and very bad;!!

Attractions5/10
Community3/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping8/10
You can get great heroin on main st.upper end. Also, lots of halfway houses there as well. Now, if you have money, lots of money, its a mecca of greatness. Like everywhere else, depends on where you l8ok and "want to look".Lived there a long time,reminds me of a small New York.when I was younger, it was this huge place that had something for everyone at every turn. After growin up around there,"chicopee" is where I started out, you see more and meet more people. Both good and bad is there. But ive lived in many places, and theres good and bad everywhere. It all depends where yiu look.
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springfield is a dump

Attractions5/10
Community5/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping5/10
lived in Springfield ma and i can tell you its a real hole in the wall and i have lived in NYC and Philly this is probably one of the worst cities in America trashy people that want to fight all the time way past low class just one big loud hood there is trash every were people playing loud hip hop all night i saw some residents try to get hit by a car so they could try to collect insurance money i could go on all day but why just stay away from this dump of a town please
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Springfield, MA - The Famous Little City

Attractions9/10
Community8/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping8/10
I visited Springfield, MA about two years ago in 2008. Springfield, MA is a famous little city or at least it should be, yet nobody seems to know anything about it! Not to bore you but Springfield has an exciting history. In fact, Theodor Seuss Geisel; better known as Dr. Suess was born in Springfield! If that wasn't enough, James Naismith just so happened to invent the basketball in Springfield, MA as well! What more does a city need to be famous?

Nature lovers should be warned that Springfield has an invigoratingly green atmosphere. In fact Country Home Magazine named Springfield one of the "Greenest Cities" in the country! I especially enjoyed Forest Park which is truly a wonderful and large "Green Zone" which is quite the surprise in a metropolitan city!

There are several malls and shopping locations in Springfield which are sure to prove useful including the beautiful Tower Square. Dining in Springfield is very classy with restaurants such as "Big Mamou" and my favorite "A Touch of Garlic". If your after nightlife be sure to visit "Onyx Fusion Bar & Restaurant". Onyx Fusion is a great night spot, however sadly enough it is the only night spot! Overall Springfield, MA is a great little city with tons of history, beautiful scenery and some excellent restaurants and bars. So, lets all raise our glasses to Springfield, MA.
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Source: The Springfield, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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