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"Paper City"

Holyoke is a city in Hampden County, in the Springfield metro area.

One tradition says the community was named for the Rev. Edward Holyoke, president of Harvard; another suggests it was named for Eliezur (or Eliezer) Holyoke, settler.

The latitude of Holyoke is 42.204N. The longitude is -72.616W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 190 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 40,015.


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Median household income
Local
$30,441
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Holyoke demographic reports
Holyoke is on the Connecticut River.
A dam built here in 1848 was swept away on its first day of operation; Boston investors received a telegram reading, "Your old dam's gone to hell by way of Willimansett."

Long a center for papermaking. With the increased industrial needs brought by the Civil War, the Holyoke's population more than tripled between 1860 and 1870.

Local mills attracted thousands of immigrants from western Europe and Canada.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 481. The number of murders and homicides was 4. The violent crime rate was 12.1 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1993 movie, "Malice"
Setting for Tracy Kidder's "Among Schoolchildren"
Well-known residents have included:
· William G. Morgan, inventor of volleyball
Nearby parks & recreation: Mt. Tom State Reservation
Historic sites and museums: Holyoke Heritage State Park, Wistariahurst Museum, Children's Museum
Colleges and universities: Holyoke Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 107

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5% of Holyoke residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Holyoke ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Holyoke was $15,913, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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17% of Holyoke residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Holyoke, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $436.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,018.


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The average commute time for Holyoke workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 9 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Holyoke between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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