Residential & Business Security Systems in Holyoke, MA


Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Holyoke, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Holyoke.

Population: 40,029
Number of Households 15,846
County: Hampden
ZIP Codes: 01013, 01040, 01041, 01075

Holyoke Business and Home Security Facts

The crime rate in Holyoke is 61 crimes for every one thousand residents which is one of the highest crime rates in the US when compared with all communities and towns of all sizes.

The likelihood that a person will be the victim of a violent or property crime in Holyoke is 1 in 16 and Holyoke’s crime rate is higher than all the communities in Massachusetts. The city is one of the top 100 most dangerous places to live in the US. When Holyoke is compared with other cities and towns that have a similar size, it’s crime rate is higher than the similar sized communities.

The rate of occurrence of violent crime in Holyoke is one of the highest of all communities of all sizes in the US. With a rate of one violent crime for every 92 people in the town, residents are highly exposed to rape, murder non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

In Holyoke, the rate of occurrence of property crime is so high that most of the crime that takes place in the town are property crimes. These property crimes include burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson. The chance of becoming a victim of any of such property crimes in Holyoke is one in 20 which translates to a rate of 50 property crimes for every one thousand residents.

Of particular note is the rate of motor vehicle theft in Holyoke which is one of the highest in the US. When compared to other communities in the US, the chance of having one’s car stolen in Holyoke is 1 in 312.

History of Holyoke

The area that is present-day Holyoke was first settled in 1655 and the site was incorporated as a parish (the 3rd Parish of West Springfield) in July 1786. It was also known as Ireland or Ireland Parish after its incorporation. The name Hampden was considered for the area after incorporation but Holyoke was chosen in honor of Elizur Holyoke, the son-in-law of William Pynchon who had first explored the area in the 1650s.
The development of the area by the Hadley Falls Company and the acquisition of more land in the area led to the official incorporation of the parish as Holyoke town in March 1850. A week after the incorporation of the town, the first official town meeting took place.

In 1909, a neighborhood that was initially part of Northampton, known as Smith’s Ferry, became the northern part of Holyoke after it separated from Northampton about a century earlier.

The inhabitants of Holyoke were few until industrialization came to the town by the construction of a dam and the Holyoke Canal System in 1849. The construction of water-powered mills followed the dam construction and paper mills began major operation in the city of Holyoke. One of the major companies in the area was the Holyoke Machine Company. Holyoke town was officially incorporated as a city in April 1873.

Interesting Facts About Holyoke

  • The first post office in Holyoke was established in June 1822 and was called Ireland. The post office was discontinued in 1883.
  • The second post office in the town, called Ireland Depot, was established in February 1847. Its name was changed to Holyoke in March 1850.
  • Holyoke is one of the first planned industrial cities in the US and is one of the few cities that is built around a gridded road plan in New England.
  • The nickname of Holyoke is The Paper City.
  • The largest paper mill architectural firm in the US and the largest silk mill, paper mill and alpaca wool mill in the world was located in Holyoke in the late 19th century.
  • Holyoke produced approximately 80% of the writing paper used in the entire US in the late 1800s.
  • In 1888, the American Pad & Paper Company was founded and the company was one of the largest office products suppliers in the world in the late 2000s.
  • Holyoke is also known as the Birthplace of Volleyball because the Olympic Sport was invented and first played in Holyoke in 1895. The city is home to the Volleyball Hall of Fame.
  • A hydraulic engineer in the Holyoke Water Power Company, Clemens Herschel, invented the Venturi meter in the 1880s to measure the quantity of water that individual mills in the Holyoke Canal System uses.

Notable Residents

Primetime Emmy Award winning actress, Ann Dowd, was born in Holyoke in January 1956.
David E. Sweet, the founding president of the Metropolitan State University, was born in Holyoke in July 1933. He was also the president of Rhode Island College.

The comic book artist, Arthur Adams, most popular for his work on Monkeyman and O’Brien and Longshot, was born in Holyoke in April 1963.

Kurt Riley, the rock and roll musician, was born in Holyoke in February 1987.

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