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Western Massachusetts boasts a superb mix of arts and culture, from theater and music venues to museums, historic homes, farmers markets and cafés, to dining and nightlife you would expect to find in any city, without the hassle of traffic and parking.

Within the Pioneer Valley are charming towns that are home to The Five Colleges Consortium, which are some of the leading colleges in the nation. Vibrant downtown streets are lined with fantastic restaurants representing many nationalities, shops and galleries making these great places to spend a weekend afternoon or raise a family. With easy access to historic Boston and cosmopolitan New York City, the snowy slopes of Vermont and the sandy dunes of the Cape, Baystate Health enjoys a unique location ideal for enjoying the Northeast.

Our region has an amazing range of outdoor activities; skiing, biking, hiking, mountain climbing, rafting, canoeing and golfing. The unique and warm culture, matched with our remarkable setting, makes western Mass a great place to live and work.

The award-winning Baystate Medical Center in Springfield proves that premiere healthcare in Massachusetts can be found outside of Boston. Most recently, the world-class institution was named the 3rd Best Hospital in the state by US News & World Report Health- the highest ranked hospital outside of the Boston metro area.

Baystate provides employees all the 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