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"City of Firsts"
Springfield is a city in Hampden County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for Springfield, England.
The latitude of Springfield is 42.101N. The longitude is -72.59W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 82 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 152,157.
Known for its manufacture of firearms, the city served as a major arsenal during the Revolution.
In 1787 poor farmers from western Massachusetts, led by Daniel Shays, tried to seize the arms here. Those involved in the unsuccessful rebellion planned to use the weapons to force the closure of the courts that were seizing their lands for debt.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Springfield demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Hampden County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Springfield area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 01151 ZIP code.
3% of Springfield residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Springfield ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Springfield was $15,232, compared with $21,587 nationally.
15% of Springfield residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Historic districts in Springfield include Forest Park Heights Historic District, McKnight District, Quadrangle-Mattoon Street Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Springfield, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $448. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $956.
Libraries in Springfield include Brightwood Branch Library, East Forest Park, East Springfield Branch Library, Forest Park Branch Library, Liberty Branch Library, Mason Square Branch Library, Pine Point Branch Library, Sixteen Acres Branch Library, Springfield City Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Springfield include Springfield Republican
TV stations in Springfield include WGBY, WGGB, WWLP.
Springfield restaurants taking online reservations include Currents at the Springfield Marriott, Pazzo Ristorante ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Springfield workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 38 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Springfield between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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