Holyoke, MA
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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 a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Holyoke isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Holyoke are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Holyoke is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Holyoke who work in office and administrative support (13.67%), sales jobs (10.14%), and teaching (8.58%).

The citizens of Holyoke are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.40% of adults in Holyoke having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Holyoke in 2010 was $22,343, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $89,372 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 49.49% 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 French , Polish, Italian, and English.

The most common language spoken in Holyoke is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.