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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
South Hadley is a suburb of Springfield with a population of 17,763. South Hadley is in Hampshire County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in South Hadley offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In South Hadley there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in South Hadley and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in South Hadley are above average.
About South Hadley...
Population
17,763

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$235,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$960
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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South Hadley Rankings

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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
    112.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    5.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    438.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    898.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    73
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    20%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in South Hadley

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$65,898
National
$55,322

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South Hadley Reviews

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South Hadley is an interesting little place. It may look like your average New England town at first glance, but after living here for nearly 16 years I can tell you that is not *entirely* true. My favorite thing about the town is our history and landscapes. The canal that runs through South Hadley Falls was the first navigable canal in the country and Mount Holyoke College is one of the oldest institutions of higher education of women. We are nestled in a valley which provides amazing hikes and views. We have fields, forests, reservoirs and gardens. I used to hate living here because of the people (most of whom aren't all that great) but I realized it's not the town's fault.
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South Hadley is a small New England town that is deeply rooted in community and family. Many of the kids I go to school with tell me their parents and grandparents went to the same high school. The public schools, public safety, and housing market are all above average. People are always looking to move into our neighborhood because of the resale home values. I feel very safe in this town, but there is not much to do here after dark. However, there are many good restaurants, a small movie theater, and a lot of educational programs (Mount Holyoke is in our town and they sponsor a lot of programs). Overall, I am glad my mom raised me in this town.
I have lived in South Hadley my whole life. I love it here due to the fact that it is very family friendly, not extremely busy, and is a quaint little town. The only think I wish that would change is that the public schools would handle bullying better. I have been in South Hadley schools my whole life and I have gotten bullied from grade 8 until grade 12. They did a little to stop it, but they don't have the best rules for retaliation. I lost all my friends my senior years due to one girl. I reported her for bullying and she retaliated by starting school wide rumors about me. She also threatened me a several times. But besides the bullying issue. I believe South Hadley is a wonderful town.