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Springfield is a city in western New England, and the seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, in the United States. Springfield sits on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River near its confluence with three rivers: the western Westfield River, the eastern Chicopee River, and the eastern Mill River. As of the 2010 Census, the city's population was 153,060. Metropolitan Springfield, as one of two metropolitan areas in Massachusetts (the other being Greater Boston), had an estimated population of 698,903 as of 2009. The first Springfield in the New World, it is the largest city in Western New England, and the urban, economic, and cultural capital of Massachusetts' Connecticut River Valley (colloquially known as the Pioneer Valley). It is the third-largest city in Massachusetts and fourth-largest in New England, after Boston, Worcester, and Providence. Springfield has several nicknames – The City of Firsts, because of its many innovations (see below for a partial list); The City of Homes, due to its Victorian residential architecture; and Hoop City, as basketball – one of the world's most popular sports – was invented in Springfield by James Naismith. Hartford, the capital of Connecticut, lies 23.9 miles (38 km) south of Springfield, on the western bank of the Connecticut River. Bradley International Airport, which sits 12 miles (19 km) south of Metro Center Springfield, is Hartford-Springfield's airport. The Hartford-Springfield region is known as the Knowledge Corridor because it hosts over 160,000 university students and over 32 universities and liberal arts colleges – the second-highest concentration of higher-learning institutions in the United States. The city of Springfield itself is home to Springfield College; Western New England University; American International College; and Springfield Technical Community College, among other higher educational institutions.


The city of Springfield in Massachusetts has constantly been in the spotlight of history. This city is the place for inventions like the American-English dictionary, commercial radio stations, basketball, horseless cars, motorcycles etc. The residential area in Springfield is full of buildings in the Victorian style that make it a charming place to visit. Since basketball originated here, the city has a Basketball Hall of Fame. The Connecticut River Walk Park provides spectacular views of the river cutting through the city. The Court Square has not been redeveloped since it was founded in 1636. The Indian motorcycle Museum displays a large collection of motorbikes from their invention. To learn more about the history of Springfield, head to the Quadrangle which houses five museums in the same vicinity. These museums depict the natural history, art and even scientific developments of Springfield. Take a holiday in Springfield to relax away from the usual touristy locations.


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Facts and Stats for Springfield*

  • Pollution Statistics in Springfield

    Know the pollution level of Springfield before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 100 (Very High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 100 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 100 (Very High)
  • Springfield: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Springfield for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Springfield.

    • Burglary and Theft 65.91 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 75 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 84.09 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 62.5 (High)
    • Car Stealing 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 67.5 (High)
    • Attacks 75 (High)
    • Drug offense 95 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 40.91 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 9.09 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 60 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 75 (High)
  • Living in Springfield - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 27.51 (Low)
    • Pollution Index 29.31 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 39 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 94.44 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.89 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Springfield

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Springfield

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.64 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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