The 10 Cheapest Springfield, MA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Springfield are the cheapest of the cheap.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Springfield.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Springfield

Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Springfield might be more expensive than living in rural Massachusetts, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Springfield neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Springfield are the cheapest.

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Springfield for 2019? According to the most recent census data, South End looks to be the cheaptest Springfield neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Springfield. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Springfield that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Springfield.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Springfield Hoods In 2019

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Springfield, we had to determine what criteria defines ‘cheap’.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 17 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the ‘Cheapest City Neighborhood In Springfield.’ We’re lookin’ at you, South End.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Springfield. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Springfield For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,304
Cost Of Living Index: 88 (1st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.4 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.03 (12th cheapest)
More on South End: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in South End comes in at $23,822 and the median home value is $32,925 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,654
Cost Of Living Index: 99 (9th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.7 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (3rd cheapest)
More on Pine Point: Homes For Sale | Data

Pine Point is a neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts. Located along Boston Road — one of Springfield’s commercial thoroughfares, home to the Eastfield Mall — the middle-class Pine Point neighborhoods features streets of cozy capes and ranches as well as some of the most interesting Craftsman style bungalows in the region. Pine Point is located in the center of the city, beginning about two and a half miles from the Metro Center neighborhood. It is the seventh largest of Springfield’s seventeen neighborhoods, containing 1,240 acres plus right of way and water bodies. Principal boundaries are the Boston & Albany Railroad to the north; the North Branch of the Mill River to the south; Cobb and Methuen Streets to the east; and Roosevelt Avenue to the west.

The median income in Pine Point comes in at $48,663 and the median home value is $130,233 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,379
Cost Of Living Index: 102 (15th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.4 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.01 (1st cheapest)
More on East Forest Park: Homes For Sale | Data

East Forest Park is a neighborhood in the south central part of Springfield, Massachusetts, beginning about two miles from Metro Center. It is a medium sized neighborhood, containing 1,231 acres plus rights of way and water bodies. Principal boundaries are Watershops Pond to the north; the Town of East Longmeadow to the south; Schneelock Brook to the east; and the former Highland Division Rail Line to the west. The neighborhood borders East Longmeadow, Forest Park, and the Sixteen Acres neighborhood.

The median income in East Forest Park comes in at $65,691 and the median home value is $155,800 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 21,307
Cost Of Living Index: 102 (15th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.8 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.011 (2nd cheapest)
More on Sixteen Acres: Homes For Sale | Data

Sixteen Acres is a neighborhood in the southeastern part of Springfield, Massachusetts, located about 3 miles from Metro Center. It is Springfield’s largest neighborhood, containing 4,506 acres plus rights of way and water bodies. Principal boundaries are Watershops Pond and the North Branch of the Mill River to the north; the town of East Longmeadow to the south; Schneelock Brook to the west; and the town of Wilbraham to the east. Much of the neighborhood was constructed after World War II and is suburban in character.

The median income in Sixteen Acres comes in at $57,403 and the median home value is $160,221 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,709
Cost Of Living Index: 97 (7th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.3 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (7th cheapest)
More on Upper Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Upper Hill comes in at $33,409 and the median home value is $109,100 for 2019.

Indian Orchard Springfield, MA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,163
Cost Of Living Index: 98 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.1 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.024 (9th cheapest)
More on Indian Orchard: Homes For Sale | Data

Indian Orchard is a neighborhood in the City of Springfield, Massachusetts. It is located in the northeastern corner of the city, beginning about four and a half miles from Metro Center. Containing 1,251 acres plus rights of way and water bodies, it is the fifth largest of Springfield’s seventeen neighborhoods. Principal boundaries are the Chicopee River and the Town of Ludlow to the north; the Boston & Albany Railroad to the south; the Town of Wilbraham to the east; and portions of Brookdale Drive, the Athol rail line, and Worcester Street to the west. Located in the northeast corner of Springfield, Indian Orchard affords the quickest commute to Worcester, I-495, and Boston by way of the Mass Turnpike.

The median income in Indian Orchard comes in at $35,713 and the median home value is $112,214 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,989
Cost Of Living Index: 96 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.0 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.037 (15th cheapest)
More on Old Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Old Hill comes in at $26,512 and the median home value is $80,280 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,156
Cost Of Living Index: 101 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.3 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.023 (6th cheapest)
More on East Springfield: Homes For Sale | Data

East Springfield is located in the northern tier of Springfield, Massachusetts, beginning about two and a half miles east of Metro Center. It contains 1,504 Acres, plus rights-of-way and is the third largest of Springfield’s seventeen neighborhoods. Its principal boundaries are Chicopee, Massachusetts to the north; the Boston & Albany Railroad to the south; St. James Avenue to the west; and portions of Brookdale Drive, Page boulevard and Worcester Street to the east.

The median income in East Springfield comes in at $39,031 and the median home value is $129,057 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 27,734
Cost Of Living Index: 102 (15th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.5 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (4th cheapest)
More on Forest Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts, is one of the largest urban, municipal parks in the United States, covering 735 acres of land overlooking the Connecticut River. Designed by the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Forest Park features a zoo, aquatic gardens, and outdoor amphitheater, in addition to typical Olmsted design elements like winding wooded trails, and surprising, expansive views. The site of America’s first public, municipal swimming pool, currently, during the holiday months Forest Park hosts a popular high-tech lighting display, known as Bright Nights.

The median income in Forest Park comes in at $41,264 and the median home value is $145,586 for 2019.

McKnight Springfield, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,147
Cost Of Living Index: 101 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.7 (12th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.022 (5th cheapest)
More on Mcknight: Homes For Sale | Data

The McKnight District is a predominantly residential neighborhood northeast of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. The area represents a planned residential development covering several hundred acres, which was built out in the mid to late 19th century. The architects of the development were John and William McKnight, who, in addition to developing and enforcing construction guidelines in the area, built and landscaped many of the properties. The area was largely built out by 1910, and there has been little new construction in the area since. Most of the houses built in the area were constructed in most of the architectural styles that were popular between 1880 and 1990, although there is a predominance of the Queen Anne style. The McKnights began to develop the area, which had previously been mainly farmland, in 1870 with the purchase of a 22 acres parcel on which they and a partner built their own homes. They proceeded over the following years to acquire additional parcels of land in the area, plat out roads, and either build houses themselves, or sell plots to other builders. They enforced some uniformity in the area through the use of deed restrictions, which required uniform setback requirements, banned fencing, and required a minimum cost of construction.

The median income in Mcknight comes in at $31,111 and the median home value is $147,100 for 2019.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Springfield

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Springfield where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Springfield aren’t all cheap. Maple High-Six Corners takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Springfield.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Springfield For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 South End 88
2 Pine Point 99
3 East Forest Park 102
4 Sixteen Acres 102
5 Upper Hill 97
6 Indian Orchard 98
7 Old Hill 96
8 East Springfield 101
9 Forest Park 102
10 Mcknight 101
11 Boston Road 101
12 Brightwood 94
13 Memorial Square 94
14 Metro Center 92
15 Liberty Heights 103
16 Bay 100
17 Maple High-Six Corners 95

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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