Holyoke is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 40,117 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Holyoke is the 37th largest community in Massachusetts. Holyoke has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Holyoke is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Holyoke is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Holyoke who work in sales jobs (11.14%), office and administrative support (10.56%), and management occupations (9.50%).
The citizens of Holyoke are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.55% of adults in Holyoke having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Holyoke in 2018 was $23,931, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $95,724 for a family of four. However, Holyoke contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Holyoke is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Holyoke home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Holyoke, accounting for 53.94% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Holyoke residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Holyoke include Irish, Polish, French, French Canadian, and German.
The most common language spoken in Holyoke is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.