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Living in Western Massachusetts

Northampton Street Scene
"I thought I was in Park Slope"

A self-described "snobbish New Yorker," resident Konstantin Vatrenko DO was happy to find a tea lounge, world cuisine and a strong yoga community in Northampton.

View of the Pioneer Valley from Mt. Sugarloaf

Baystate Medical Center is located in the city of Springfield, the largest city in western Massachusetts.

Approximately half a million people reside in its metropolitan area, with an additional two hundred thousand living in surrounding villages and farms that lie along the Connecticut River.

You'll find so much to explore, from pre-revolutionary historic sites to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, from the Basketball Hall of Fame to Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Pops. Explore the great outdoors in a kayak, on a bike, or from a zipline, then enjoy nearby great dining, shopping and entertainment.

The area boasts many beautiful homes in good neighborhoods, a great selection of public and private schools, as well as prestigious colleges and universities.

Living costs in Springfield are also 14% lower than the Massachusetts average.

Relocating to Western Mass

Great Place to Live and Work

Bridge over Connecticut River, Springfield MAThe Pioneer Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. From turn of the century farmhouses to gracious suburban homes, housing choices are abundant, diverse and affordable. Begin your search with Choose Springfield, a website created by Springfield residents to promote some of the great neighborhoods of the city.


Seasonal trend: July is the warmest month and January the coolest. Springfield's current weather

Practical Guide

The Practical Guide to Living in the State provides critcal information about obtaining a driver’s license, motor vehicle registration, voting, taxes and other state topics.

Employment for Family Members

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If someone in your life has relocated with you and is looking for employment, below are some places to start the search.

Online Town Guides

Elementary & Secondary Education

Arts and Culture

Steeped in history and home to renowned authors and artists, the Pioneer Valley offers a rich cultural life.


  • Springfield Museums
    Home to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial
  • Museums10
    10 museums in Hampshire and Franklin Counties that offer diverse collections and programs.


Fairs & Festivals

Halls of Fame

Lecture Series

National Historical Site

Music, Theater & Dance

Presidential Library & Museum


Springfield Trivia

The present day Northampton courthouse was the site of Shay’s Rebellion.

Springfield was a key station along the Underground Railroad.

Indian Motorcycle, the United States’ oldest motorcycle brand, was founded in Springfield.

James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 on the campus of Springfield College. The Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield bears his name.

William G. Morgan invented volleyball in 1895 in Holyoke. The Volleyball Hall of Fame is located in the sport’s birthplace.

Famous people who were born in Springfield are Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Kurt Russell, Chloë Sevigny.

From outdoor activities to sporting events, from fine museums to amusement park thrill rides, it's easy to have fun in the Pioneer Valley!





Things to Do

Online Guides

Outdoor Recreation

Quabbin Reservoir has hiking, boating and fishingOpportunities abound for outdoor fun in the Pioneer Valley. The natural scenic beauty of the area, especially during the fall foliage season, invites hiking, biking, camping, and snow sports.



Colleges and Universities

The Pioneer Valley region has the second-largest concentration of institutions of higher learning in New England, after Greater Boston. As part of the "Knowledge Corridor", the Pioneer Valley is a national hub for higher education and includes some of the nation's most prestigious private schools.

Greater Springfield Area

Nearby Hampshire County

The Five Colleges Consortium is a nonprofit educational consortium that promotes and administers long-term forms of cooperation between its members:

  • Amherst College
  • Hampshire College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Smith College
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst

Getting Around

Crossroads of New England

crossroadsmapSpringfield is located in the Pioneer Valley on the magnificent Connecticut River. Located along major rail lines and interstate highways, Springfield has convenient access to recreational and cultural opportunities in

  • Boston (1 1/2 hours)
  • Hartford (1/2 hour)
  • New York City ( 2 1/2 hours)
  • New Haven (1 hour)


  • Springfield lies at the intersection of two major interstate routes: the north-south I-91 and the east-west I-90 (Mass Pike).
  • Springfield is served by Amtrak with service to the main Eastern corridor lines from Boston to New York City to Washington DC
  • Bradley International Airport - only 25 minutes away in Windsor Locks, CT - is served by major airlines
  • Boston Logan International Airport, New England’s largest transportation center, is an hour away