Holyoke is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 40,684 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Holyoke is the 37th largest community in Massachusetts. Holyoke has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Holyoke is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Holyoke is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Holyoke who work in office and administrative support (13.95%), sales jobs (9.45%), and teaching (8.85%).
The citizens of Holyoke are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.18% of adults in Holyoke having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Holyoke in 2010 was $21,671, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,684 for a family of four. However, Holyoke contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Holyoke also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.08% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Holyoke is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Holyoke home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Holyoke residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Holyoke also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 46.98% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Holyoke include French , Polish, Italian, and English.
The most common language spoken in Holyoke is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.