The mid-sized city of Springfield, Massachusetts is home to approximately 155,000 people. Young adults aged 15-24 can expect to feel welcome, as they account for an above-average percentage of the community. Overall, the city's population, with an average age of just under 36, skews decidedly younger than most cities in Massachusetts. A narrow majority of residents rent their homes (53%) as opposed to owning (47%) in Springfield, driven in part by a relatively reasonable average rent that is $361 a month lower than the state average. Over the course of a year, renters in Springfield will save around $4,300 compared to the state average.
There are two primary industries in Springfield: healthcare and retail. Together, these industries account for 15% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 6% of residents work in sales, making it the top field in the city. With an average annual income of around $51,000, 2nd-lowest in Massachusetts, Springfield workers bring in about $33,000 less than their peers elsewhere in Massachusetts. The city's average income also trails the national average ($73,345). Eleven percent of Springfield residents older than 25 have earned a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree.
Springfield has an average commute time of about 23 minutes, quicker than the Massachusetts average of about 31 minutes. Many residents (34%) drive themselves to work, while public transportation is not widely used. Walking (2%) isn't a common way to get to work, though the number surpasses the national average.