Fun In New England - Massachusetts

Springfield

Nickname: "City Of Homes"
Official Website: www.springfieldcityhall.com
County: Hampden
Region: Springfield Area
Year Settled: 1636
Incorporated as a Town: 1636
Incorporated as a City: 1852
Land Area: 32.1 sq. miles
Population Density: 4,738 people/sq mile
Population from Census 2000: 152,082
Estimated Population for 2006: 151,176
Racial makeup of population: [+] show
48.8%White
19.6%Black
27.2%Hispanic
1.9%Asian
0.2%Native American
2.3%Other
Median Housing Unit Value in 2000: $87,000
Median Single Family House Sale Price in 2006: $140,000
Poverty: 23.1%
Violent Crime Index: 106 (very high)
Property Crime Index: 83 (very high)
Nearest Hospital (ER): Bay State Medical Center, Mercy Hospital
Villages/Neighborhoods: Bay, Boston Road, Brightwood, East Forest Park, East Springfield, Forest Park, Indian Orchard, Liberty Heights, McKnight, Memorial Square, Metro Center, Old Hill, Pine Point, Six Corners, Sixteen Acres, South End, Upper Hill
Known For: The invention of basketball, MGM Casino (opening in 2018), Colleges
Main Attractions: Basketball Hall Of Fame, Quadrangle Museums, Symphony Hall, City Stage, Forest Park & Zoo, Bright Nights at Forest Park, Annual Pancake Breakfast, July 4th Fireworks Display, Springfield Armory Museum
Parks: Forest Park, Blunt Park, Van Horn Park, Hubbard Park, (+15 other small parks)
Lakes & Ponds: Watershops Pond, Five Mile Pond, Lake Lorraine, Loon Pond, Porter Lake, Dimmock Lake, Long Pond, Mona Lake, Mill Pond, Bass Pond, Look Out Lake, Breckwood Lake
Beaches: Five Mile Pond, Lake Lorraine
Malls: Eastfield Mall

Springfield is the third most populous city in Massachusetts. It is located on the Connecticut River, close to the Connecticut border, and just about at the crossroads of the I-90 (The Mass Pike) and Interstate 91. It's an easy drive to Hartford, Northampton, Amherst, Albany, and Worcester. Springfield and the surrounding area is known as the Pioneer Valley, which is the most populated area in Western Massachusetts. Springfield is a mid-sized city and has its share of urban problems. It is home to the Basketball Hall Of Fame, several museums, a convention center, two performing arts theaters, Springfield Falcons Hockey, 5 colleges, a large Christmas lights show, a popular 4th of July fireworks show, the annual world's biggest pancake breakfast, a small zoo, a mall, many bars and restaurants, and at least a couple nice hotels.

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