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Overview of Chicopee

The second-largest city in western Massachusetts, Chicopee is known as the crossroads of New England. The nickname came from its location at the confluence of the Chicopee and Connecticut Rivers, which gave the city an edge in terms of power and transportation opportunities during the Industrial Revolution. The fact that Interstate Routes 90 and 91 both run through the city gives it a more modern economic advantage today, and makes it easy for those looking for Chicopee apartments for rent to come and go as they please.

Living in Chicopee, MA

Chicopee's history can be traced back to the 1630s, when the area's first European settlers arrived. The municipality was originally settled in 1640 as an annex to the fur trading post of Springfield, which is now the region's largest city. Chicopee developed as a farming community, and agriculture remained the area's main industry for the next two centuries. In 1822, however, everything changed with the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Textile mills sprang up, powered by the nearby Skenungonuck Falls, and the city became known for producing finished cotton, synthetic cloth products and rubber tires. In its heyday, the Fisk Rubber Company's Chicopee plant was staffed by as many as 3,000 workers and produced 5,000 tires per day.

As of the last census, Chicopee contains 22.83 square miles of land. Its approximately 55,000 residents are divided among several neighborhoods that once functioned as independent villages - Aldenville, Willimansett, Chicopee Center (Cabotville), Chicopee Falls and Fairview - as well as a number of newer districts, including Chicomansett and Sandy Hill.

Chicopee Work and Study

Chicopee is home to Westover Air Reserve Base, the biggest of its kind in the country. The 2,500-acre base was built in 1940 and features the longest runway in New England. The base is the city's largest employer, with approximately 3,400 workers. Other major area employers include the Top-Flite Golf Company and convenience store distributor J. Polep Distribution Services. Many residents commute to nearby Springfield, which is home to Baystate Health, Big Y Supermarkets, MassMutual Financial Group and the Sisters of Providence Health System.

Elms College is the city's main institute of further education. The Catholic liberal arts college was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, and its top five undergraduate majors are nursing, business and accounting, social work, education and communication sciences. Criminal justice and psychology are also popular fields of study.

The Chicopee School District serves 7,800 students and is comprised of one early childhood center, nine elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and one alternative school.

Rentals in Chicopee, MA and Cost of Living

Chicopee is ranked at 120.5 on City-Data.com's March 2012 cost of living index - higher than the U.S. average of 100. Those looking for apartments in Chicopee should expect to pay around $725 per month, according to median gross rent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

A perk of living in Chicopee is that the city has a municipal electric company, which delivers significantly better prices than larger commercial utilities.

Chicopee Attractions and Special Events

Approximately a 10-minute drive from Chicopee is the city of Agawam, where Six Flags New England is located. During the summer months, Six Flags New England features concerts and other live performances, a water park - and, of course, rides. The Bizarro, Cyclone and Flashback rollercoasters are among the park's most famous attractions, but there are also designated kids' areas for younger visitors.

Within Chicopee lies the 575-acre Chicopee Memorial State Park. Located in the Burnett Road neighborhood of the city, the recreation area features two 25-acre ponds and is popular among locals who enjoy biking, fishing, jogging, biking and having picnics there.

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Stockbridge Court - Springfield, MA 01103
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Springfield, MA 01103

$832 - $1680

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Springfield, MA (Metro Center)


$832 - $1680

233 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Museum Park - Springfield, MA 01103
13

Springfield, MA 01103

$778

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Springfield, MA (Metro Center)


$778

114 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mill Valley Estates - Amherst, MA 01002
26

Amherst, MA 01002

$1450 - $2575

2-4 Beds 2 Baths

Southpoint Apartments - Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst, MA 01002

$905 - $1185

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Park Street Lofts - Springfield, MA 01103
7

Springfield, MA 01103

$1195 - $1795

0 Beds 1 Bath

Springfield, MA (Metro Center)


$1195 - $1795

67 Units 0 Beds 1 Bath

Forest Glen Apartments - Westfield, MA 01085
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(5)

Westfield, MA 01085

$1010 - $1025

2 Beds 1 Bath

Park Edge - Springfield, MA 01105
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(5)

Springfield, MA 01105

$1191 - $1565

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Springfield, MA (Forest Park)

(5)

$1191 - $1565

93 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Baystate Place - Springfield, MA 01104
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Springfield, MA 01104

$737 - $981

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Eastbrook Apartments - Springfield, MA 01129
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Springfield, MA 01129

$904 - $1287

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Springfield, MA (Boston Road)


$904 - $1287

160 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Park Street Manor - West Springfield, MA 01089
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(7)

West Springfield, MA 01089

$910 - $925

1 Bed 1 Bath

West Springfield, MA

(7)

$910 - $925

126 Units 1 Bed 1 Bath

Park Square Townhouses - Westfield, MA 01085
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(6)

Westfield, MA 01085

$880

2 Beds 1 Bath

Westfield, MA (Springfield Hill)

(6)

$880

80 Units 2 Beds 1 Bath

Executive House - West Springfield, MA 01089
11
(5)

West Springfield, MA 01089

$995 - $1095

1 Bed 1 Bath

West Springfield, MA

(5)

$995 - $1095

68 Units 1 Bed 1 Bath

Little River Crossing - Westfield, MA 01085
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(5)

Westfield, MA 01085

$795 - $995

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Westfield, MA (Wolfpit Meadows)

(5)

$795 - $995

61 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Coachlight Village - Agawam, MA 01001
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(4)

Agawam, MA 01001

$800 - $900

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Edgewood Apartments - Westfield, MA 01085
10

Westfield, MA 01085

$861 - $931

2 Beds 1 Bath

Westfield, MA (Springfield Hill)


$861 - $931

84 Units 2 Beds 1 Bath

Riverboat Village - South Hadley, MA 01075
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(14)

South Hadley, MA 01075

$765 - $1145

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

South Hadley, MA

(14)

$765 - $1145

170 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Devonshire Place - Holyoke, MA 01040
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Holyoke, MA 01040

$1020 - $1365

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Holyoke, MA (Ingleside)


$1020 - $1365

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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