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Living in Western Massachusetts

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Baystate Medical Center is located in the Springfield, the largest city in western Massachusetts, with a metropolitan area of nearly half a million people. Another 200,000 live in surrounding towns, such as Northampton and Amherst, that lie along the Connecticut River.

Springfield: A Great Place to Live and Work

Basketball, Dr. Seuss, Twister, Rolls Royce, the monkey wrench—all started in Springfield.

We also have beautiful homes in good neighborhoods, excellent colleges and universities, art, music, a long and rich history, innovative technology, scenic beauty, and the world's largest pancake breakfast.

Take a look at all the things that make Springfield special in this video created by the Mayor's Office.

Relocating to Western Mass


Western Massachusetts is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. Housing choices are abundant, diverse and affordable. Living costs are significantly lower than in Boston and other east coast cities. And, no traffic hassles!

Practical Guides to Living in Massachusetts

Primer on Bay State Basics - Information for new residents—getting a driver’s license, registering a motor vehicle, how and where to vote, tax information, and other state topics.

Economic Development Council - Western Mass-specific information on real estate, employment resources, utilities, places of worship, and much more.

Things to Do

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The Pioneer Valley Visitors Guide features an events calendar, dining and shopping, outdoor activities, transportation and maps, and fun things to do.



Springfield is located at the intersection of two major interstates, north-south I-91 and east-west I-90 (Mass Pike).

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

By Train

Talk Like a Local

Bang a U-ie—make a u-turn

Statie—State Police officer

Wicked—very, as in "wicked hot."

Beater—cheap car usually featuring lots of dings and rust

Rotary—traffic circle or roundabout

All set—nothing more is needed, as in "Want a refill?" "I'm all set."


Frappe—other people call this a milkshake

Springfield lies along Amtrak's northeast train route from Boston to New York City to Philadelphia to Washington DC.

By Air


Colleges and Universities

Western Mass is home to 29 colleges and universities, including some of the nation's most prestigious private schools—Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges. It has the second-largest concentration of institutions of higher learning in New England, after greater Boston. 

Primary and Secondary Schools


Springfield's weather, long range forecasts, pollen counts, UV index and more.

Having Fun

Springfield Trivia

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.

Birthplace of Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

"In a short car ride, I can be snowboarding, kayaking, hiking up Mount Tom, or even shopping in Boston or NYC."
Diana Ayubcha MD, Anesthesiology resident

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




Fairs, Festivals and Parades

Quabbin Reservoir has hiking, boating and fishing

Outdoor Activities

Parks and Trails

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