Hadley, MA

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Hadley, MA

About Hadley, MA

Hadley, MA is a small town located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It has a population of around 5,800 people and is known for its rural charm and beautiful landscapes. The area has many outdoor activities to enjoy including hiking in the nearby mountains, swimming and boating at various local lakes, and cross country skiing. The town also boasts numerous restaurants, shops, and galleries that make it a great place to explore. Additionally, Hadley has some excellent schools that provide quality education for the youth of the community. Despite its size, Hadley is a lively place with plenty of cultural events and festivals throughout the year that bring people together from all over the area. Living in Hadley is a unique experience that cannot be found anywhere else; it is truly a special place to call home. Mid-sized city - Southwest Massachusetts, on the Connecticut River, 6 miles north of the Connecticut border.

Location Details

State: Massachusetts
County: Hampshire County
Metro Area: Springfield Metro Area
City: Hadley
Zip Codes: 01035
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 179 ft above sea level
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Springfield, once a major center of industrial innovation, is the state’s third-largest city and a regional health, retail and financial center. Locals are credited with development of the Springfield Rifle, the 1895 Duryea motorcar, and basketball (thanks to Dr. James Naismith, in 1891. Some credit the motorcycle to area inventors and the early Indian Manufacturing Company. At one time that area was a significant manufacturing center, but most has left the area (including most recently a forge that made Craftsman tools).

The “five college” area to the north includes the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and colleges of Amherst, Holyoke, Smith, and Hampshire, and the Berkshire mountains to the north and west offer some recreation. The Cost of Living is no bargain, but on a Massachusetts scale it is attractive, particularly scaled against local incomes and projected income growth. The employment picture is currently weak, and climate and crime further depress the ranking.

The area sits in a broad valley in the western part of Massachusetts. Thickly wooded hills rise immediately to the east and west of the valley. The climate is continental with distinct seasons and highly variable weather. Summers are hot, humid, and calm with occasional thundershowers. The Berkshire Mountains to the west slow larger storm fronts. Winters bring frequent cold snaps and snow, particularly generated by moist mid-Atlantic storms colliding with cold, northerly air masses. First freeze is mid-October, last is late April.

Hadley Cost of Living

Nearby mountains, museums, and cost of living make Hadley a great place to live.

+22.7% higher than avg
+32.0% higher than avg
$1,310 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+12.4% higher than avg
Hadley Crime
51.6 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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