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Living in Holyoke:  An Overview

Holyoke is a small city with a historic character and a diverse population. Close to both the Pioneer Valley and Springfield, Holyoke is convenient for getting to nature or a larger urban area. Famous for its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, Holyoke can be a fun place to live, with a selection of historic and affordable homes.


The History of Holyoke

Holyoke was one of the earliest planned industrial cities in the US, built intentionally around the Holyoke Dam in the 1850s and 1860s. The city is organized around a grid of canals, which originally supported many productive mills. By the end of the 19th century, Holyoke was the largest paper producer in the country, earning it the name “The Paper City.” The decline of manufacturing at the end of the twentieth century led to a loss of businesses and jobs in the city. In recent decades, however, new waves of people have moved to Holyoke and are committed to revitalizing the city. The area’s history is still evident. Many of the homes in Holyoke were built prior to World War II, so it can be a great place to live for potential homeowners looking for something with historic character but an affordable cost of living.


Outdoor Sites in Holyoke

Holyoke has its fair share of scenic outdoor spots, especially if you enjoy a waterfront. Ashley Reservoir is a massive manmade lake, perfect for a contemplative walk. Or take a look at the hydropower that made Holyoke a manufacturing center, at the Holyoke Dam, built all the way back in 1895. If you’re a golfer, you can enjoy the green at Wyckoff Country Club. Or if you’re in the mood for a hike, try one of the numerous trails at the famous Mount Tom State Reservation, located right in town.


Schools in Holyoke

Holyoke has a total of 14 public schools, as well as 6 private schools. These include:

    ·  Joseph Metcalf School: Pre-K -> 5th Grade

    ·  Holyoke Community Charter: Kingergarten -> 8th Grade

    ·  Lt Clayre Sullivan Elementary: Pre-K -> 8th Grade

    ·  Holyoke High: 9th -> 12th Grade

    ·  William R. Peck School:  4th -> 8th Grade

    ·  Holyoke STEM Academy: 6th -> 8th Grade

Dining in Holyoke

Holyoke’s diverse population makes it a great place to eat out. There is a particularly large Puerto Rican population, so you’ll find many great bodegas and Hispanic restaurants – everyone seems to have their own favorite. You can also find great Middle Eastern food at Holyoke Hummus. If you’re looking for classic American fare, try The Dam Café for casual dining or Slainte for some upscale Irish cuisine. Or for a full night out, head to Gateway City Arts, an entertainment and dining venue complete with a bistro, restaurant, bar, theater, and gallery. After having dinner, catch a concert or maybe an art class. 

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