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Springfield, MA

Springfield is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress
154,596
Springfield Population7
$
41,367
Median Income6
9.9
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Springfield's aged 15- to 19-years old saw the steapest decline since 2010, falling by 16%, whereas the average population in that segment only declined by 4%

Age

33.0
Median Age7
1.1
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Springfield residents are predominantly Hispanic/Puerto Rican and the city is becoming less diverse as the Hispanic community has grown by 25.7% since 2010, while the white community, 2nd largest in the city, has shrunk by 37.5%

Race

72.2
%
Massachusetts Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Springfield has cool summers; cold, snowy winters; and frequent rain with strong winds. The temperature reaches 90°F or above 3 days per year with an average temperature in January of 24°F. There is some rain 134 days per year, 67 inches of annual snowfall, and an average wind speed of 10 mph

Weather

37
%
Chance of Rain11
58
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature38

 

Housing

The average home value in Springfield increased by 22% since 2010 which is 21% lower than the national average and 15% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,540
Monthly Average12
54
%
Renters39

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Springfield is a high tax location with sales tax near the national average, but income tax 32% higher than the national average and property tax 10% higher than the national average.

Other

1.23
%
Property Tax21
6.25
%
Sales Tax20
2.25
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)40

 

Employment

Springfield has a very low employment rate of 90% which is 4% lower than the national average. The largest employers are Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and Big Y

Income

18.3
%
<$25,0006
6.0
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Springfield is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress

2016 Presidential Election Results42

Representatives

Mayor28 Domenic Sarno
Democratic
House of Representative28 Richard Neal
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Fairview Hospital, is 39.3 miles from the center of Springfield, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System - Northampton VA Medical Center, is 13.6 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, is 61.7 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 Yes
 

Safety

In Massachusetts, 9.0% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a significant decrease from 2000 when 12.6% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks30
Yes
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#96 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report31
#86 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report32
#46 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades33
#8 Best Small Cities to Retire by AARP34
 

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