Holyoke is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 40,280 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Holyoke is the 37th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Holyoke was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Holyoke is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.10%), sales jobs (8.77%), and teaching (8.46%).
A lot of people in Holyoke take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Holyoke, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The overall education level of Holyoke is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.58% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Holyoke in 2010 was $21,897, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,588 for a family of four. However, Holyoke contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Holyoke is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Holyoke home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Holyoke, accounting for 49.98% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Holyoke residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Holyoke include Polish, French , Italian, and German.
The most common language spoken in Holyoke is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.