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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Chicopee is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 55,778. Chicopee is in Hampden County. Living in Chicopee offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Chicopee there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Residents of Chicopee tend to be liberal. The public schools in Chicopee are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$175,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$885
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Chicopee Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    339.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    62.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    106.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    577.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,649.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    227.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Chicopee

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,866
National
$55,322
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I really enjoy living in Chicopee Massachusetts. The neighborhood that I live in is very friendly and the people are always willing to have conversations when you see them out in their yards. I live close to Chicopee Comprehensive High School, and being an aspiring English teacher, this makes it really easy to get into a classroom that's close by. I work at the Chicopee Big Y and we get a lot of locals in the store. This gives me the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the regulars! I have lived and worked in Chicopee my entire life and I really do think it's a wonderful place to live.
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I was born there, left to an affluent town, then returned & was very happy to return to a more Urban area. But after another 11 years in the city it was time to go, which has been the best decision I've made. It's a smaller city, with nothing to do besides eat, but it is very close to much larger/more exciting cities & towns in the area. It is right in the middle of two horrible cities, & due to that it has gone downhill & becoming more crime-ridden each year. You don't feel unsafe though, esp. in some neighborhoods that are quiet & very nice which feel like a different world. The rest is just nothing special for the high prices of homes & rent.
Chicopee is a socioeconomic and cultural wasteland. Crime is high for a city of it's size, and the schools are among some of the worst in the state. Similar to some of the neighboring towns (Holyoke and Springfield), drug-related problems are pretty severe.

Streets and roads are in chronic and severe disrepair, which is only worsened by frequently high volume vehicle traffic. As I'm not a native to the city, I'm often asked "Why would you come here?". I really wish that I hadn't.

I've lived in numerous other cities and towns throughout Massachusetts and New England, and this is by far the worst. It's a bleak place, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.