The 5 Worst Springfield, Massachusetts Suburbs

The worst Springfield, Massachusetts suburbs are Hartford and Holyoke based on Saturday Night Science. Find out where your town ranks.

More and more people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Springfield to avoid all the hustle and bustle.

So the question arises: what suburbs of Springfield are the worst?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Springfield ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Springfield area if you will. Realistically, you can only expect some of the suburbs to live up to Springfield proper, although Northampton certainly tries.

We examined the 5 biggest suburbs of Springfield to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in Massachusetts lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Springfield in terms of quality of life.

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The 5 worst suburbs around Springfield for 2024

  1. Hartford
  2. Holyoke
  3. Chicopee
  4. Westfield
  5. Northampton

Now don’t freak out.

What’s the worst suburb of Springfield? Hartford ranks as the worst suburb of Springfield for 2024 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Massachusetts check out the best places in Massachusetts overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Springfield too.

The 5 Worst Springfield Suburbs To Live For 2024

Hartford, CT

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Population: 121,057
Median Income: $41,841 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (highest)
Median Home Value: $171,873 (lowest)
More on Hartford: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

We’ll get the ball rolling with Hartford, the absolute worst place to live around Springfield according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Hartford beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the worst in the Springfield area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Hartford.

You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area. There aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

Holyoke, MA

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Population: 38,210
Median Income: $49,007 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $291,473 (3rd lowest)
More on Holyoke: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Welcome to Holyoke. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 8.5 miles to Springfield. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $49,007 a year, which only goes so far even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Chicopee, MA

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Population: 55,441
Median Income: $63,866 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $281,474 (2nd lowest)
More on Chicopee: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Springfield suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Chicopee on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school dropout rate is poor compared to other Springfield suburbs.

But at least there are lovely parks to bring the kids during the day.

Westfield, MA

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Population: 40,794
Median Income: $78,307 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $336,401 (4th lowest)
More on Westfield: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

If you live in Westfield, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 4th lowest Springfield suburb for median household incomes.

Not only that, but this is the 5th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Springfield. Remember, we looked at 5 cities for this study.

Westfield is about 11.2 miles to downtown.

Northampton, MA

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Population: 28,245
Median Income: $80,981 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $439,136 (5th lowest)
More on Northampton: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Northampton has the distinction of being a Springfield suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Northampton has the 5th lowest home values in the metro Springfield area, where the median price is $439,136. The median income is $80,981.

Northampton has an unemployment rate of 5.58% which ranks 4th worst.

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Springfield for 2024

To figure out how bad a Springfield suburb is to live in, we used Saturday Night Science to identify the kinds of things people like and then decide what suburbs have the least amount of those things.

Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2018-2022, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school dropouts
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

We defined a suburb as any town within 30 miles of Springfield.

We also limited the analysis to places with over 28,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 5 suburbs to evaluate around Springfield.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 5 in each category, where 1 was the “worst.”

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality-of-life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index, the “Worst Suburb near Springfield.” We’re looking at you, Hartford.

We updated this article for 2024, which reflects our tenth time ranking the worst suburbs around Springfield.

Summary: The areas around Springfield where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2024

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Springfield with Hartford casting itself ahead of the pack.

The worst suburbs of Springfield are .

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

  • Northampton
  • Westfield
  • Chicopee

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Springfield Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Hartford 121,057 $41,841 $171,873
2 Holyoke 38,210 $49,007 $291,473
3 Chicopee 55,441 $63,866 $281,474
4 Westfield 40,794 $78,307 $336,401
5 Northampton 28,245 $80,981 $439,136
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.

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