Springfield | World’s Best Cities


If the fact that Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, hailed from here doesn’t grab your attention (and you’re not intrigued by The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum), perhaps the fact that the city is within New England’s Knowledge Corridor (the region surrounding Springfield and Hartford, CT, with 29 colleges/universities educating more than 170,000 students) will. The economic engine of Western Massachusetts, which forms part of the biotech industry’s Super Cluster, ranked #11 in our Prosperity category, which comprises Fortune 500 companies (tied at #3) and Household Income (#29). The birthplace of basketball—don’t let Canadians tell you otherwise—also made our top 25 for People, at #24, with a #17 ranking for Educational Attainment (with nearly 19% of the population having a Bachelor’s degree or higher) and #22 for Foreign Born (nearly 10%). Manufacturing, health care, education, and life sciences keep the economy robust. Since 2018, more than $400 million in new projects have been announced, including the forthcoming $37-million hotel complex at the old York Street Jail site, a $14-million Educare school, and an orthopedic surgery center at Baystate Health.