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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  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
    C+
Palmer is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 12,237. Palmer is in Hampden County. Living in Palmer offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Palmer there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Palmer and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Palmer are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$188,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$786
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    329.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    57.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    24.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    280.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    708.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    74.2
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Palmer

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$57,022
National
$55,322
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Palmer Reviews

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My location is close to the mass pike and it’s easy to get to highways for my daily job travel. Having grown up in western Massachusetts it’s an easy location for getting to local places and being able to visit my father. The seasons in New England are awesome and Palmer has good schools, is safe for families, and an affordable real estate market.
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I was born and raised in Palmer, Massachusetts. I am now almost 19 years old and I still call it my home. Palmer is not the type of town that is great but it is a place to call home. Palmer has a huge drug problem, and the police are not very good, but overall nothing too terrible happens there besides the drugs. The school system is not too bad, however the high school needs work, especially when it comes to college prep. They kind of set you up to fail when it comes to trying to find a college because they don't really go out of their way to try to help you start looking at colleges junior year or even senior year.
Palmer has a small hometown country feel, situated between two major cities. Small hills and mountains, a few small lakes or ponds. It is located off a major highway for easy access commuting. Known for the Town of Seven Railroads. Has about 13,000 people living here. Family friendly and small enough that you know many families in town. Low crime rates, average house prices around $175-$200K.