Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Springfield, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Springfield.
Number of Households: 55,894
ZIP Codes: 01103, 01104, 01105, 01106, 01107, 01108, 01109, 01118, 01119, 01128, 01129, 01144, 01151, 01152
Springfield has seen a rise in crime, particularly violent crime, in the last few years. Its violent crime rate is 10.3 per 1,000, while property crime is at 33.6 per 1,000. While cross-city rankings have been criticized for not providing a full picture of the various factors that affect crime in different areas, Springfield was ranked “11th most dangerous city” in a 2016 report. However, its comparatively small population still puts their overall crime numbers at relatively low levels, particularly when it comes to homicide.
Springfield, Massachusetts began as a fur trapping and trading community in 1636, originally part of the Connecticut Colony. Located at the junction of the Connecticut and Agawam Rivers, the city grew and prospered in part due to its role as an important geographical crossroads for the region. Halfway between Boston and New York, Springfield provides a convenient layover on trips between the two larger cities, particularly when travel was a much more time-consuming activity. As the Industrial Revolution took hold, the power of the river was harnessed to power dozens of mills producing various materials. When railroads started criss-crossing the nation in the nineteenth century, Springfield also benefited from this new, highly efficient method of transporting goods and people by exporting its products and providing services to passing travelers.
Springfield is also known as the home of modern basketball, invented here by college athletics teacher James Naismith in 1891, when his school asked him to come up with a wintertime sport that would keep students active and engaged when the weather didn’t permit playing outdoor sports. Thus “basket ball” was born, with literal peach baskets as the targets in the new sport.
Today, Springfield is second only to Boston as the only other metropolitan area in Massachusetts, with a total population of over 600,000. The town itself has a population of over 150,000. Together with Hartford, the Hartford-Springfield area is known as the “Knowledge Corridor” due to its high concentration of universities and colleges, the second highest in the U.S.
One of Springfield’s most important landmarks is the Armory built there by General George Washington in 1777. The location was chosen for its strategically important geography that allowed for easy travel to and from the armory as well as protection from ocean vessels. The first musket made in the U.S., and later multiple iterations of the famous Springfield rifle, were first produced here. The Armory sourced the vast majority of U.S. military weapons until its closing in 1968, and is the home of many innovations in weapons manufacturing, such as interchangeable parts. When it closed, a public campaign led to its designation as a historic site. The Armory is now a National Historic Site managed by the National Parks Service and can be visited daily in summers and Wednesdays through Sundays in winter.
The museum dedicated to Springfield native Dr. Seuss is a recent addition to the Quadrangle, a complex of five museum and a remnant of the City Beautiful urban planning movement. The Quadrangle features several unique outdoor sculpture collections as well as five museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts and America’s first planetarium, built in Springfield in 1937.
In Indian Orchard, the Titanic Historical Society maintains a Titanic Museum offering information and artifacts related to the famous ship’s disastrous voyage. The Society has been a strong supporter of Titanic research and exploration, and some members even appeared in the James Cameron film.
Springfield has been home to a wide variety of figures in popular culture and beyond, including LSD guru Timothy Leary, popular wrestler John Cena, and even the folk hero Johnny Appleseed, who is said to have spent his childhood and teen years here.
Arguably Springfield’s most famous and influential scion, Theodore Geisel has captured the hearts of millions of children and adults worldwide with his dozens of books written as Dr. Seuss. His works have become an enduring pop culture phenomenon, inspiring many film and cartoon adaptations and remaining a mainstay on children’s shelves. The Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden features 30 bronze sculptures of Seussian creatures made by Geisel’s step-daughter, artist Lark Grey Dimond-Cates. Nearby, fans can visit the newly opened Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum to learn about Geisel’s career and inspirations, play with interactive exhibits designed to draw you into the Seuss world, and visit a recreated version of Geisel’s home studio curated by Geisel’s relatives with personal and family items.