Palmer Town, Massachusetts

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Population in 2014: 12,174 (84% urban, 16% rural).
Males: 5,869  (48.2%)
Females: 6,305  (51.8%)
Median resident age:  41.7 years
Massachusetts median age:  39.5 years

Zip codes: 01009, 01069, 01079, 01080, 01095.

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Estimated median household income in 2016: $51,544
Palmer Town:

$51,544
MA:

$75,297

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $27,387

Palmer Town city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $198,700
Palmer Town:

$198,700
MA:

$366,900

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $220,262; Detached houses: $226,784; Townhouses or other attached units: $141,944; In 2-unit structures: $277,129; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $146,811; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $205,904; Mobile homes: $110,247

Median gross rent in 2016: $750.

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  • Races in Palmer Town, MA (2010)

    Palmer Town races chart
    • 11,44694.3%White alone
    • 2912.4%Hispanic
    • 1481.2%Two or more races
    • 1221.0%Black alone
    • 1070.9%Asian alone
    • 200.2%American Indian alone
    • 60.05%Other race alone

Races in Palmer Town detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Palmer Town: 119.1 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Polish (15.0%), Italian (13.5%), Irish (10.0%), French (9.0%), English (7.4%), French Canadian (7.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Palmer Town,MA real estate house value index trend

For population 25 years and over in Palmer Town:

  • High school or higher: 91.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Palmer Town city:

  • Never married: 32.5%
  • Now married: 43.9%
  • Separated: 3.7%
  • Widowed: 5.1%
  • Divorced: 14.8%

377 residents are foreign born (1.2% Europe, 0.7% Latin America, 0.6% Africa, 0.5% North America).

This city:

3.1%
Massachusetts:

15.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $3,506 (1.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $3,026 (1.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Springfield, MA (13.3 miles , pop. 152,082).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (63.1 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (123.2 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities: Palmer, MA (1.5 miles ), Bondsville, MA (1.5 miles ), Three Rivers, MA (1.7 miles ), Ware, MA (2.4 miles ), Warren, MA (2.5 miles ), Monson Center, MA (2.5 miles ), Monson, MA (2.6 miles ), Brimfield, MA (2.6 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $180,000
  • 2011: 1 building, cost: $180,000
  • 2012: 1 building, cost: $180,000
  • 2013: 1 building, cost: $180,000
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $180,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 42.19 N, Longitude: 72.31 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 413

Palmer Town household income distribution Palmer Town home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.9%
Massachusetts:

4.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (15%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (9%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (23%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (6%)

Work and jobs in Palmer Town: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Tornado activity:

Palmer Town-area historical tornado activity is above Massachusetts state average. It is 10% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/9/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 20.8 miles away from the Palmer Town city center killed 90 people and injured 1228 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.

On 10/3/1979, a category F4 tornado 22.2 miles away from the city center killed 3 people and injured 500 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Palmer Town-area historical earthquake activity is near Massachusetts state average. It is 89% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 159.6 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 174.1 miles away from Palmer Town center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 97.6 miles away from the city center
On 10/2/1994 at 11:27:22, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 11.1 miles away from the city center
On 8/22/1992 at 12:20:32, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 3.8 MS, 4.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 237.3 miles away from Palmer Town center
On 6/17/1991 at 08:53:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 124.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Hampden County (21) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 9

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 6, Floods: 5, Hurricanes: 5, Snowstorms: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Blizzards: 2, Snows: 2, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Palmer Town:

  • PALMER HEALTHCARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; PALMER, MA)
  • FMC DIALYSIS SERVICES OF PALMER (Dialysis Facility, about 3 miles away; PALMER, MA)
  • WING MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 3 miles away; PALMER, MA)
  • MONSON DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER (Hospital, about 3 miles away; PALMER, MA)
  • BAYSTATE MARY LANE HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 6 miles away; WARE, MA)
  • WINGATE AT WILBRAHAM REHAB AND SKILLED NURS RESID (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; WILBRAHAM, MA)
  • LIFE CARE CENTER OF WILBRAHAM (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; WILBRAHAM, MA)

Amtrak stations near Palmer Town:

  • 16 miles: SPRINGFIELD (66 LYMAN ST.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, full-service food facilities, snack bar, vending machines, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
  • 17 miles: AMHERST (RAILROAD ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, free short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Palmer Town:

  • Western New England University (about 12 miles; Springfield, MA; Full-time enrollment: 3,477)
  • American International College (about 14 miles; Springfield, MA; FT enrollment: 2,733)
  • Springfield College (about 14 miles; Springfield, MA; FT enrollment: 3,144)
  • Mount Holyoke College (about 15 miles; South Hadley, MA; FT enrollment: 2,573)
  • Springfield Technical Community College (about 16 miles; Springfield, MA; FT enrollment: 4,750)
  • Bay Path College (about 17 miles; Longmeadow, MA; FT enrollment: 2,085)
  • Holyoke Community College (about 18 miles; Holyoke, MA; FT enrollment: 4,911)

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Notable locations in Palmer Town: Mapletree Industrial Center (A), Palmer Industrial Park (B), George Washington Plaza (C), Big Y Plaza (D), Palmer Ambulance Service (E), Palmer Fire Department (F), Three Rivers Fire Department (G), Bondsville Fire Department (H), Converse Middle School Library (I), Old Mill Pond School Library Media Center (J), Palmer Public Library (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: George Washington Plaza Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Palmer Town include: Unitarian Universalist Church (A), New Birth Christian Church (B), Faith Baptist Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Saint Anns Cemetery (1), Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery (2), Four Corners Cemetery (3), Saint Thomas Cemetery (4), Palmer Center Cemetery (5), Oak Knoll Cemetery (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Pattaquattic Pond (A), Lilly Pond (B), Knox Pond (C), Crystal Lake (D), Thompson Lake (E), Palmer Reservoir (F), Forest Lake (G), Ware River Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Kings Brook (A), Ware River (B), Quaboag River (C), Swift River (D), Dumplin Brook (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Palmer Town: Pulaski Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hampden County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 83.5. This is about average.

City:

83.5
U.S.:

74.7

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.151. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 10.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.151
U.S.:

0.293

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 3.19. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 7.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.19
U.S.:

6.40

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 0.798. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 7.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.798
U.S.:

1.912

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 28.0. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

28.0
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 9.32. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 7.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.32
U.S.:

19.96

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.80. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.80
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 13.0%
(12.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.7% for Black residents, 32.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 27.1% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.4 people
Massachusetts:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  63.4%
Whole state:  63.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  8.5%
Whole state:  7.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
56 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
4 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.7
Massachusetts average:

12.7

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012 2016

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

2016 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Palmer Town city (based on Hampden County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic223,68565
Mainline Protestant21,96288
Evangelical Protestant19,438114
Other9,14031
Orthodox3,40610
Black Protestant2,49116
None183,368-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 90
Hampden County:

1.95 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 86
Hampden County:

1.87 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 112
Hampden County:

2.43 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 335
Here:

7.27 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.76 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.2%
Massachusetts:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Hampden County:

25.9%
Massachusetts:

22.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

16.2%
State:

16.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 6$19,886$39,7723$3,293
Other Government Administration 2$12,529$75,1740$0
Judicial and Legal 1$1,785$21,4200$0
Police Protection - Officers 19$103,767$65,5373$3,901
Police - Other 7$24,183$41,4573$1,196
Streets and Highways 12$49,354$49,3540$0
Welfare 4$8,265$24,7954$3,313
Health 0$0 2$2,036
Sewerage 9$42,523$56,6971$831
Parks and Recreation 4$11,020$33,0602$1,704
Housing and Community Development(Local) 1$4,092$49,1043$1,382
Natural Resources 0$0 2$510
Elementary and Secondary - Instruction 180$791,802$52,78731$23,922
Elementary and Secondary - Other Total 31$113,423$43,9068$4,753
Local Libraries 11$35,825$39,0821$523
Other and Unallocable 10$16,808$20,1703$1,372
Totals for Government 297$1,235,262$49,91066$48,736

3.02% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,163 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.02%
Massachusetts average:

5.61%

0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($391 average AGI)
Hampden County:

0.06%
Massachusetts average:

0.06%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Hampshire County, MA  0.68% ($38,844 average AGI)
from Hartford County, CT  0.27% ($44,964)
from Worcester County, MA  0.21% ($37,569)


3.70% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($41,954 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.70%
Massachusetts average:

5.85%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($347 average AGI)
Hampden County:

0.05%
Massachusetts average:

0.11%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Hampshire County, MA  0.68% ($38,874 average AGI)
to Hartford County, CT  0.34% ($52,978)
to Worcester County, MA  0.23% ($42,061)

Strongest AM radio stations in Palmer Town:

  • WVNE (760 AM; daytime; 25 kW; LEICESTER, MA; Owner: BLOUNT MASSCOM, INC.)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WARE (1250 AM; 5 kW; WARE, MA; Owner: SUCCESS SIGNAL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTIC (1080 AM; 50 kW; HARTFORD, CT; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WALE (990 AM; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, RI; Owner: NORTH AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WACE (730 AM; 5 kW; CHICOPEE, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WHYN (560 AM; 5 kW; SPRINGFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKOX (1200 AM; 50 kW; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WBIX (1060 AM; 40 kW; NATICK, MA; Owner: LANGER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WPNI (1430 AM; 5 kW; AMHERST, MA; Owner: WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS RADIO COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Palmer Town:

  • WFCR (88.5 FM; AMHERST, MA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS)
  • WAMH (89.3 FM; AMHERST, MA; Owner: TRUSTEES OF AMHERST COLLEGE)
  • WHYN-FM (93.1 FM; SPRINGFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WRNX (100.9 FM; AMHERST, MA; Owner: WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS RADIO COMPANY)
  • W246AM (97.1 FM; AMHERST, MA; Owner: GREAT NORTHERN RADIO, LLC)
  • WAAF (107.3 FM; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WSRS (96.1 FM; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WAQY (102.1 FM; SPRINGFIELD, MA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF NEW ENGLAND, LLC)
  • WAMC-FM (90.3 FM; ALBANY, NY; Owner: WAMC)
  • WWFX (100.1 FM; SOUTHBRIDGE, MA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WPKX (97.9 FM; ENFIELD, CT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WRCH (100.5 FM; NEW BRITAIN, CT; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WYCM (90.1 FM; CHARLTON, MA; Owner: BAY PATH VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL)
  • WORC-FM (98.9 FM; WEBSTER, MA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WFEX (92.1 FM; PETERBOROUGH, NH; Owner: FNX BROADCASTING OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LLC)
  • WHUS (91.7 FM; STORRS, CT; Owner: THE BD. OF TRUSTEES, THE UNIV. OF CT)
  • WXLO (104.5 FM; FITCHBURG, MA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WLZX (99.3 FM; NORTHAMPTON, MA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF NEW ENGLAND, LLC)
  • WBPR (91.9 FM; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS)
  • WTIC-FM (96.5 FM; HARTFORD, CT; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Palmer Town:

  • WYDN (Channel 48; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: EDUCATIONAL PUBLIC TV CORPORATION)
  • WUNI (Channel 27; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • WTIC-TV (Channel 61; HARTFORD, CT; Owner: TRIBUNE TELEVISION COMPANY)
  • W11BJ (Channel 11; HARTFORD, CT; Owner: COMMUNICATIONS SITE MANAGEMENT LLC)
  • WTXX (Channel 20; WATERBURY, CT; Owner: WTXX INC.)
  • WUVN (Channel 18; HARTFORD, CT; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • WWLP (Channel 22; SPRINGFIELD, MA; Owner: WWLP BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WUTF (Channel 66; MARLBOROUGH, MA; Owner: TELEFUTURA BOSTON LLC)
  • WPXQ (Channel 69; BLOCK ISLAND, RI; Owner: OCEAN STATE TELEVISION, L.L.C.)
  • WVIT (Channel 30; NEW BRITAIN, CT; Owner: OUTLET BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WEDH (Channel 24; HARTFORD, CT; Owner: CONNECTICUT PUBLIC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W67DF (Channel 67; SPRINGFIELD, MA; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WCRN-LP (Channel 34; LEICESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WGBY-TV (Channel 57; SPRINGFIELD, MA; Owner: WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION)
  • WGGB-TV (Channel 40; SPRINGFIELD, MA; Owner: WGGB LICENSEE, LLC)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 23Number of bridges
  • 129m423ftTotal length
  • $27,412,000Total costs
  • 357,305Total average daily traffic
  • 17,351Total average daily truck traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 11910-1919
  • 11930-1939
  • 191950-1959
  • 12000-2009
  • 12010-2015
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Palmer Town, MA

Palmer Town compared to Massachusetts state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
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