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Whatever your fancy, arts, culture, theater, live music, museums, historic homes, lazy days by the river, high adventure, farmers markets, eclectic cafés, or exciting nightlife, you’ll find it all here, in Western Massachusetts.

Although Massachusetts has been one of the nation’s leading manufacturing centers for more than 2 centuries, today, we are internationally famous for our prestigious health care, higher education, and high tech industries.

Massachusetts, the “Bay State,” is located in the center of New England, boasts a large coastline, the beautiful Connecticut River, and stunning mountains and valleys.

Within the Pioneer Valley, of Western Massachusetts, are charming towns that are home to the Knowledge Corridor®, which reflects the area’s dense concentration of colleges and universities, including the world-famous The Five Colleges Consortium of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College. Vibrant downtown streets are lined with fantastic restaurants, shops and galleries that celebrate our diversity, making our towns great places to spend a weekend afternoon or raise a family. Easy access to historic Boston and cosmopolitan New York City, the snowy slopes of Vermont and the sandy dunes of the Cape, offers a location ideal for enjoying the entire Northeast.

For the outdoor adventurer, our region offers a wide range of outdoor activities including skiing, zip-lining, biking, hiking, mountain climbing, rafting, canoeing, golfing and much more. The unique and warm culture, matched with our quintessential New England setting, makes Western Mass a great place to live and work.

Baystate Medical Center, in Springfield, was ranked the third-best hospital in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Hospitals’. It was the top-ranked hospital outside of Boston, and the only one in the state’s western four counties to make the list. The award-winning Baystate Medical Center proves that premiere health care in Massachusetts can be found outside of Boston.

Baystate Health provides employees with the innovative and competitive benefits of working at a highly-ranked, award-winning teaching institution, without having to pay Eastern/Central Massachusetts’ cost of living. See the chart below for a comparison of costs in each city:

* According to Sperling's Best Places

Springfield
Cost of Living
(100 is = national average)
107.1
Median Home Cost 120,000
Average Commute Time
(28 minutes = national average)
24
Boston
Cost of Living
(100 is = national average)
testtes
Median Home Cost 427,050
Average Commute Time
(28 minutes = national average)
33
Worcester
Cost of Living
(100 is = national average)
115.3
Median Home Cost 165,000
Average Commute Time
(28 minutes = national average)
26
Hartford
Cost of Living
(100 is = national average)
105
Median Home Cost 116,450
Average Commute Time
(28 minutes = national average)
26
Springfield Boston Worcester Hartford
Cost of Living
(100 is = national average)
107.1 148.8 115.3 105
Median Home Cost 120,000 427,050 165,000 116,450
Average Commute Time
(28 minutes = national average)
24 33 26 26

* According to Sperling's Best Places