Where Do You Live?

When I welcome newcomers to Westfield, I always mention how proud I am of our city.

The Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, and Noble Hospital. Stanley Park and Westfield State College. Western Mass Hospital, the Air and Army National Guards, Barnes Airport and the Dewey House.

Our Athenaeum, Westfield Vocational High, our golf courses and restaurants, the Children's Museum, manufacturing plants.

I'm very proud to represent Westfield, and I'm very proud of Montgomery, which comprises the rest of my district.

Montgomery, with a fascinating history, but without businesses, gas stations, convenience stores or schools. Beautiful Montgomery, with its new spectacular fall foliage, its ancient Indian cemetery, and Town Hall and Library.

But, after the things you can actually see, or enjoy, what do you know about Westfield? About Montgomery?

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission offers a profile of all area communities. You can request a copy for just two dollars for each of the 43 towns and cities in the Pioneer Valley.

Take Westfield. Founded in 1669, our population is almost 38,000 on our 47.5 square miles (the second largest community in terms on land mass in the state). Westfield residents have 28,231 cars and light trucks registered. Almost three per household. We drive on almost 166 road miles right here in the city.

Westfield's residents are 96.5 percent white, only .9 percent Black, 4.1 percent Spanish and 2.6 "other". Almost two thirds of us live in homes that we own and 58 percent of the residences are single family homes.

These houses and homes take up 5,472 of our acres. Second is tilled land, at 3,444 acres. Other uses include commercial, on 511 acres, industrial at 987, urban open or public at 502, outdoor recreational at 594. Water covers 464 acres. But, we still have 17,434 acres of undeveloped land.

More than half of our residents, 52 percent, work in Westfield; 48 commute out of Westfield. Each day, 18,917 of us go to work. We have an annual median household income of $33,498; average annual wage is $26,681. But the latest figures show a wide span of income, with 8 percent of our households below the poverty level, and slightly more than 8 percent earning more than $75,000.

Our neighbor, Montgomery, was incorporated in 1780, beginning as a center of agriculture, then developing as a small, bustling milltown. In fact, you'll still find remnants there of the Old Falley Armory, where rifles were made for the Revolutionary War.

Historical attractions in Montgomery include at least 31 buildings, bridges and cemeteries.

Today, Montgomery is basically agricultural and residential, with 8,962 of its 9,650 acres remaining undeveloped. Tilled land totals 230 acres; residential is 362 acres; there are 74 acres of water.

An estimated 785 people live on the hilly terrain and 99.3 percent are white. Almost every person has a car or truck (719 registered vehicles). And almost every one of the 447 people who are employed commutes out of Montgomery to work.

Median household income is $46,818, with just one percent below the poverty level. Twelve percent earn $75,000 or more.

Montgomery...just a small, beautiful, country village. For proof, drive up to town hall at 2 p.m. Monday, August 3rd and enjoy a good old fashioned English tea.

Just some of the things I thought you might like to know about Westfield and Montgomery. What else would you like to know? Ask me. And I'll try to find out.

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