Crime & Safety
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!
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.