Springfield, MA
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Springfield is a relatively large city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 154,341 people and 37 constituent neighborhoods, Springfield is the third largest community in Massachusetts. Springfield has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Springfield is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.61%), sales jobs (9.69%), and food service (7.10%).

Springfield has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Springfield has quite a high level of public transit users. Springfield’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The percentage of adults in Springfield who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.89% of the adults in Springfield have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Springfield in 2010 was $18,435, 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 $73,740 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 30.08% 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. The greatest number of Springfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Springfield also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 41.44% of the city’s residents. 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.