Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Longmeadow, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Longmeadow.
Number of Households: 5,720
ZIP Codes: 01001, 01006, 01008
Longmeadow is safer than 69% of US cities with a crime index of 69. Annually there are 11 violent crimes and roughly 140 property crimes. The chances of being a victim of a crime in Longmeadow are very low at 1 in 1,437.
Longmeadow, Massachusetts is a town of roughly 15,000 people. It’s located about an hour and forty minutes southwest of Boston, just above the Connecticut border alongside the Connecticut River. The town was first discovered in the 1630s as William Pynchon was sailing up the river, looking for a perfect spot to establish his Puritan trading post. Pynchon was a fur trader, businessman, and treasurer of the Massachusetts Bay Company. He found what he was looking for in the now Longmeadow area when he saw its ideal strategic location for not only trading purposes, but for protection and farming as well.
The region is situated above Enfield Falls which adds protection from any warships, close to a major source of water for easy trading access, and there are still plenty of sprawling meadows for farms. With all of this in mind, Pynchon jumped at the chance to acquire the land from the native Agawam tribe. An agreement was made with the natives, and so began the recruiting of settlers process.
The name “Long Meadow” came from a series of changes of ownership and communal usage of the vast meadow grazing land. The land remained mostly in the realm of farming until the introduction of the street railway in the early 20th century. In the following 15 years, the population tripled. The population tripled again in another 15 year span between 1960 and 1975 after the Interstate was opened.
The town name holds true: over 30% of the town is a permanent open space with hundreds of acres of open land as conservation areas and parks. New England’s largest park, Forest Park, encompasses Longmeadow’s northern part. Forest Park has 735 acres overlooking the Connecticut River with a zoo, aquatic gardens, and an outdoor amphitheater. Also in the park are areas for hiking, an ice rink in the winter, playgrounds, tennis courts, and even a beach volleyball court.
Longmeadow has a half mile strip of land, called the Green, that stands as the town common. This stretch of land is on the National Register of Historic Places for its nearly 100 houses dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The Green has remained a residential area without any other commercialization of the space.
The town’s shopping center can be found at the Longmeadow Shops which has restaurants and stores for shopping. Six Flags New England is a short drive across the river from Longmeadow for a fun day at the amusement park.
The famous apple tree planting pioneer John Chapman, known better by Johnny Appleseed, calls Longmeadow his home. Alternative rock band members also are from this western Massachusetts town - guitarist from the Pixies Joey Santiago and guitarist Aaron Lewis from Staind. Chirlane McCray, writer, political figure, and first lady to NYC mayor Bill de Blasio grew up in Longmeadow.