Springfield is a relatively large city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 154,074 people and 37 constituent neighborhoods, Springfield is the third largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Springfield was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Springfield is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Springfield is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Springfield who work in office and administrative support (14.00%), sales jobs (9.61%), and healthcare suport services (6.99%).
A lot of people in Springfield 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 Springfield, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The percentage of adults in Springfield who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.48% of the adults in Springfield have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Springfield in 2010 was $18,553, 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 $74,212 for a family of four. However, Springfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Springfield also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.02% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Springfield is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Springfield 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 Springfield, accounting for 42.16% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Springfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Springfield include Italian, French , English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Springfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.