These Are The 10 Worst Springfield, Massachusetts Suburbs

We used science and data to determine which Springfield suburbs are the real pits.

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Springfield conjures up images of tons of things to do, quality people, and a bustling economy. The region consistently ranks as one of the best places to live across the country.

But not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Springfield.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Springfield ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Springfield area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Springfield proper, although Longmeadow certainly tries.

We examined the 20 biggest suburbs of Springfield to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t find them on the worst places to live in Massachusetts, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Springfield in terms of quality of life:

  1. Holyoke
  2. Palmer
  3. Thompsonville
  4. West Springfield
  5. Chicopee
  6. Hazardville
  7. Westfield
  8. Windsor Locks
  9. Sherwood Manor
  10. Broad Brook

Read on to see how we determined the places around Springfield that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger. And once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of worst to best.


How we determined the worst Springfield ‘burbs

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things. We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Census’s most recent 2010-2014 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Low unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High number of high school drop outs

Then, we ranked each place that have over 5,000 people around Springfield for each of these criteria from worst to best.

The place with the lowest average rankings for these criteria ranks as the worst suburb of Springfield.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Springfield to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 20 suburbs ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Snarkiness incorporated for entertainment purposes only. Hold on to your pants.

1. Holyoke

Holyoke, MA

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,079
Median Income: $35,550
Median Home Value: $186,100

2. Palmer

Palmer Town, MA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 12,155
Median Income: $51,846
Median Home Value: $187,600

3. Thompsonville

Thompsonville, CT

Source: Google Maps

Population: 9,021
Median Income: $48,302
Median Home Value: $177,800

4. West Springfield

West Springfield Town, MA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 28,554
Median Income: $52,806
Median Home Value: $200,000

5. Chicopee

Chicopee, MA

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,603
Median Income: $47,276
Median Home Value: $174,300

6. Hazardville

Hazardville, CT

Source: Google Maps

Population: 4,863
Median Income: $72,500
Median Home Value: $181,300

7. Westfield

Westfield, MA

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,371
Median Income: $60,845
Median Home Value: $221,800

8. Windsor Locks

Windsor Locks, CT

Source: Google Maps

Population: 12,554
Median Income: $67,222
Median Home Value: $202,100

9. Sherwood Manor

Sherwood Manor, CT

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,449
Median Income: $74,833
Median Home Value: $200,800

10. Broad Brook

Broad Brook, CT

Source: Google Maps

Population: 4,526
Median Income: $74,298
Median Home Value: $232,500

The areas around Springfield that you probably don’t want to live in

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Springfield with Holyoke landing ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Springfield aren’t all bad. Longmeadow takes the cake as the best place to live around Springfield.

For the chart below, these are ranked from worst to best.
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Detailed List Of Springfield Suburbs

Place Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
Holyoke 1 40,079 $35,550 $186,100
Palmer Town 2 12,155 $51,846 $187,600
Thompsonville 3 9,021 $48,302 $177,800
West Springfield Town 4 28,554 $52,806 $200,000
Chicopee 5 55,603 $47,276 $174,300
Hazardville 6 4,863 $72,500 $181,300
Westfield 7 41,371 $60,845 $221,800
Windsor Locks 8 12,554 $67,222 $202,100
Sherwood Manor 9 5,449 $74,833 $200,800
Broad Brook 10 4,526 $74,298 $232,500
Belchertown 11 3,010 $35,286 $231,300
Northampton 12 28,637 $58,179 $280,300
Amherst Center 13 19,543 $37,089 $332,600
South Amherst 14 5,267 $56,250 $322,900
Southwood Acres 15 8,060 $78,287 $192,400
Agawam Town 16 28,626 $63,561 $228,500
Easthampton Town 17 16,066 $56,927 $232,900
North Amherst 18 7,517 $35,641 $335,400
Wilbraham 19 3,765 $99,668 $281,800
Longmeadow 20 15,858 $108,835 $338,600

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.