B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$223,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$900
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    26%
  • Own
    74%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    201
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    45
    41
  • Robbery
    17
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    669
    525
  • Theft
    1,019
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    118
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$61,494
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

    Agawam Reviews

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    Agawam has a balance of silence and bustle. It has the feel of a close-knit community normally found in a small town, but can also be very busy at times. This, to me, makes it a great place to live. Growing up I always thought I would move out of Agawam, however now that I have lived in another town for school, I have realized that I am most comfortable in Agawam, and have no plans of moving. The town is under development and I see great opportunity for my town in the future. One great example is Agawam's plans to use solar energy--keeping us current with modern technology!
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    I was born and raised in Agawam until I moved out to Boston for college. However, I still spend my summers there when school let's out as my parents are still residents. My overall experience of the town is that it's a safe place to live, easy to get around, easily accessible to other towns and entertainment, but can get to be quite dull. It could be because of having lived in a big city for a time, but Agawam, while charming with it's small town vibe, lacks any real draw besides Six Flags during the summer and the Fright Fest in the Fall and the Big E held for a few months in the fall. Though, it will always be my home though and I'm grateful for the experiences it gave me.
    Agawam is a very safe town. It was rated, I believe, number eight in a list of top ten safest cities in the United States. I was very proud to hear that. However, the Agawam police have a reputation of being lazy and unreliable. I have heard stories of the police refusing to take reports of certain issues. When I contacted the police department in search of information I was ignored and never received a response. The police here have been under ethics investigations, and continually leave a bad taste in the mouths of residents.