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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Holyoke is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 40,362. Holyoke is in Hampden County. Living in Holyoke offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Holyoke there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Holyoke and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$182,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$795
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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Holyoke 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
    756.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    79.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    237.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    734.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,802.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    274.4
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    13%

Working in Holyoke

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$37,954
National
$55,322
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Holyoke Reviews

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Holyoke has a lot of history and pride. It has an spirit that has been broken somewhat by poverty and insufficiency. Holyoke has more to offer than people think, but it is hard to find either due to parking, conditions of downtown, etc. If Holyoke had less crime and less condemned structures and more revitalization in its down town I think more people would move here. The schools seem to be getting better with the introduction of the dual language program. As far as night life is concerned- there is none! There aren't even good places to eat.
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The natural resources the city is endowed with are amazing. Until people demand more from city hall however things won't change. Nepotism runs amok, even if so-and-so is qualified to do some job, I'd prefer they didn't have their wife and brother next to them. There is a machine, a revolving door of contractors and city hall. The IRA support in the Irish community dictates much, the handhold of people "representing" the Latino population (of more than half the city) are hand-picked by sketchy organizations. If more people knew about this place and cared, who had influence, they could clean house tomorrow. Still, never mugged or robbed, never threatened in the Flats. The worst parts are S Holyoke and Churchill and even then, it's folks dealing drugs. When the Puerto Rican population finally finds power, then things will improve, I mean that. Until then, a number of wealthy old families pull strings and write paper-tiger stories about how dangerous it is to keep everyone away.
I admire many things about my community, but the sense of community is my favorite. For example, there was a devastating apartment fire last year, and despite Holyoke being majorly low-income, the fundraising goal to help the residents being displaced was quickly exceeded. I love this about Holyoke, and I truly feel like part of a community here.

That being said, Holyoke, like much of Massachusetts, has a major opioid issue. I, like most of my friends, have seen used needles and other paraphernalia discarded in Holyoke’s parks, sidewalks, etc. Drug busts and safety issues are commonplace. Holyoke is very much a victim of the collapse of industrial cities.

This being said, it's my home. I've lived here my entire life, and I'm grateful for it. I truly can't imagine growing up anywhere else. For all its flaws, Holyoke is a loving and warm community that I can never fully leave.