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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°08′55″N 72°36′30″W / 42.14861, -72.60833
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Hampden
Settled 1640
Incorporated 1848
Government
 - Type Mayor-council city
 - Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette
Area
 - Total 23.9 sq mi (61.9 km²)
 - Land 22.9 sq mi (59.2 km²)
 - Water 1.0 sq mi (2.7 km²)
Elevation 200 ft (61 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 54,653
 - Density 2,389.7/sq mi (922.7/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01013, 01020, 01021
Area code(s) 413
FIPS code 25-13660
GNIS feature ID 0617597
Website: www.chicopee.ma.us

Chicopee (pronounced /ˈtʃɪkəpi/) is a city located on the Connecticut River in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The city is made up of several neighborhoods, the result of the city's origin as a collection of villages in the northern-most part of Springfield, which it seceded from in 1848. These villages are now represented by the neighborhoods of Aldenville, Willimansett, Chicopee Center (Cabotville), Chicopee Falls, and Fairview. Although once defined by the predominant nationality of it's immigrant occupants, historically largely Polish and French Canadian, these neighborhoods are now occupied by people of many cultures while still maintaining their historical, ethnic charm. Image File history File links Sealofchicopeema. ... Image File history File links Chicopee_ma_highlight. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Massachusetts counties This is a list of Massachusetts counties, consisting of the 14 Massachusetts counties currently in existence. ... Hampden County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Mayor-Council government is one of two variations of government most commonly used in modern representative municipal governments in the United States. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Michael D. Bissonnette is the current mayor of Chicopee, Massachusetts. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating telephone number ranges to countries, regions, areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks such as mobile phone networks. ... Area code 413 is the area code for western Massachusetts. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... The Connecticut River as seen from the French King Bridge in western Massachusetts. ... Hampden County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Nickname: Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Hampden Settled 1636 Incorporated 1852 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Charles Ryan (D) Area  - Total 33. ... Year 1848 (MDCCCXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


The city has since filled in most of its open space resulting in a number of new neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include Chicomansett (often referred to as part of Willimansett, this area is located at the southern intersection of Meadow and Chicopee Streets northward to Meetinghouse Road), Ferry Lane (an offshoot of Chicomansett surrounding Ferry Lane), Sandy Hill (the area overlooking Chicopee Center, connecting Cabotville and Aldenville), and the geographically isolated Burnett Road neighborhood.


Chicopee is home to Westover Air Reserve Base, built in 1940. It has one of the largest runway on the east coast at 11,597 x 301 feet. Elms College is located in Chicopee. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 54,653. The current mayor is Michael D. Bissonnette. Westover Air Reserve Base (IATA: CEF, ICAO: KCEF) is located in Chicopee, Massachusetts. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Elms College is a coeducational private liberal arts college that is located in Chicopee, Massachusetts. ... Michael D. Bissonnette is the current mayor of Chicopee, Massachusetts. ...


The Chicopee Provision Company is a major producer of Polish kielbasa under the Blue Seal brand. Chicopee also held an annual kielbasa festival until the mid 1990s, at which the World's Largest Kielbasa was proudly unveiled. Millie's Pierogi company produces traditional Polish dumplings from its base in Chicopee Falls. For the Polish officer, see Władysław Kiełbasa. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


There are a variety of banking centers in Chicopee. The Fairfield Mall has been reinvented as a Super Wal*Mart, and many other small boutique-like shopping centers.

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Name

Chicopee is a Nipmuck name, probably from chekee - "violent", and pe - "waters" in most Algonquin dialects, with reference to rapids. The Nipmucks were the native residents of the region before the arrival of the English. Alternatively, chikkuppee ("of cedar") is the adjective form of chickkup ("cedar").[1] Nipmuck emblem The Nipmuck are an aboriginal North American people, belonging to the family of Algonquian peoples, currently living in and around the Chaubunagungamaug Reservation of Webster, Massachusetts. ... This article is about the Native American tribe. ...


History

Chicopee was settled in 1640, but was a part of Springfield, Massachusetts until 1848. The City's original Charter was granted by the Massachusetts General Court on April 18, 1890. George Sylvester Taylor (1822-1910) became Chicopee's first mayor on January 5, 1891. Events December 1 - Portugal regains its independence from Spain and João IV of Portugal becomes king. ... Nickname: Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Hampden Settled 1636 Incorporated 1852 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Charles Ryan (D) Area  - Total 33. ... Year 1848 (MDCCCXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Massachusetts General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1890 (MDCCCXC) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In the 19th century it was noted for its cotton mills, woolen mills, brass foundries and iron foundries. During the early 20th Century it became home to firearms company Crescent-Davis, which specialized in double barrel shotguns. The Ames Manufacturing Company made many machines and bronze cannons, and more swords than any other American manufacturer at the time. The Stevens Arms plant (later Savage) located there was responsible for most of the Number 4 Enfields manufactured for the British under Lend-Lease. Chicopee was home to the first gasoline-powered automobile made in the United States, Duryea.[citation needed] In 1991, St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church, located on Front Street, was proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope John Paul II. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lancashire cotton mill, 1914 A cotton mill is a factory housing spinning and weaving machinery. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... For other uses, see Shotgun (disambiguation). ... This article is about the metal alloy. ... Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century Look up Sword in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Stevens Arms was founded as J. Stevens & Co. ... // Savage Arms was founded in 1894 by Arthur Savage in Utica, NY. Perhaps best-known for the Savage Model 99 which is a hammerless lever action rifle, which is no longer in production. ... Lee-Enfield No4 Mk1 with bayonet, scabbard attached The Lee-Enfield was the British armys standard bolt action, magazine-fed, repeating rifle from 1895 until 1956. ... The Lend-Lease program was a program of the United States during World War II that allowed the United States to provide the Allied Powers with war material without becoming directly involved in the war. ... Petrol redirects here. ... Car redirects here. ... The Dureya brothers, Charles (1861- 1938) and Frank Duryea (1869-1967), were the first to build an automobile in the U.S. After Charles saw a gasoline engine at the 1886 Ohio State Fair, the brothers began designing and building a car. ... The Basilica of St. ... Pope John Paul II (Latin: , Italian: , Polish: ) born   IPA: ; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) reigned as the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City from 16 October 1978, until his death, almost 27 years later, making his the second-longest...


Author Edward Bellamy was a resident of Chicopee. Edward Bellamy, circa 1889. ...

Edward Bellamy, circa 1889.

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Geography

Chicopee is located at 42°10′13″N, 72°35′19″W (42.170159, -72.588630).[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.9 square miles (61.9 km²), of which, 22.9 square miles (59.2 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²) of it (4.31%) is water. The Chicopee River flows through the south part of the city. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... The Chicopee River is a Massachusetts river formed by the confluence of the Ware, Swift, and Quaboag Rivers in Three Rivers, Massachusetts. ...


Within Chicopee lies the Chicopee Memorial State Park in the Burnett Road neighborhood. Formerly known as the Cooley Brook Reservoir and Watershed, the area has been developed into a high use active recreation area. The total area is 575 acres including two 25 acre ponds. Activities include swimming, fishing, picnicking, jogging and biking. Chicopee Memorial State Park is a Massachusetts state park located in Chicopee. ... ...


Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 54,653 people, 23,117 households, and 14,147 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,389.7 people per square mile (922.7/km²). There were 24,424 housing units at an average density of 1,067.9/sq mi (412.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.82% White, 2.28% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 4.90% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.76% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 23,117 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.96. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $35,672, and the median income for a family was $44,136. Males had a median income of $35,585 versus $25,975 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,646. About 9.6% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Chicopee is home to thriving Polish-American, Irish-American, Portuguese-American and French-American communities.[citation needed] A Polish American is an American citizen of Polish descent. ... Irish Americans (Irish: Gael-Mheiriceánach) are citizens of the United States who can claim ancestry originating in the west European island of Ireland. ... Portuguese Americans are citizens of the United States whose ancestry originates in the southwest European nation of Portugal. ... A French American or Franco-American is a citizen of the United States of America of French descent and heritage. ...


Education

Public Schools

The City of Chicopee operates fifteen public schools within the Chicopee School District, serving 7800 students. Richard W. Rege is the superintendent. There are nine elementary schools, two middle schools, one early childhood center, and three high schools (Chicopee High School, Chicopee Comprehensive High School and Chicopee Academy). Every fall the football teams from the two secondary schools maintain the competitive athletic rivalry between them, competing for a sword. Chicopee High won the 2007 Sword Game. But Chicopee Comp won the 2006 Sword Game.


Preschool

Elementary schools

Middle schools

High schools

Higher education

  • Elms College

Private Schools

Chicopee has a multitude of Catholic schools that are operated under the Diocese of Springfield. These schools include: Holy Name School which serves Holy Name Church & Assumption Church: St. Joan of Arc/St. George School which serves St. Rose de Lima Church on Grattan Street; St. Patrick School which serves St. Patrick's Church; and St. Stanislaus School which serves the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr on Front Street.


Holyoke Catholic High School is slated to open its doors in the city, after a move from its temporary home in Granby, Massachusetts sometime in 2008. This does not cite its references or sources. ... Granby is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA. The population was approximately 26. ...


See also

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Polish Hill in Pittsburgh The Polish Cathedral style of North-American Catholic church is a genre of church architecture found throughout the Great Lakes and Middle Atlantic regions as well as in parts of New England in North America. ... The Chicopee Falls Dam parallels Route 33 (Bridge Street) in Chicopee Falls. ...

References

  1. ^ An Historical Address / Delivered before the citizens of Springfield in Massachusetts at the public celebration May 26 1911 of the Two Hundred and Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Settlement with Five Appendices, by Charles H. Barrows. Copyright 1916, Connecticut Valley Historical Society. Thef. A. Bassett Co. Printers, Springfield, Mass. Appendix A, Meaning of Local Indian Names.
  2. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.

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Chicopee (pronounced IPA /'tʃɪkəpi/) is a city located on the Connecticut River in Hampden County, Massachusetts.
Chicopee also held an annual kielbasa festival until the mid 1990s, at which the World's Largest Kielbasa was proudly unveiled.
Chicopee was settled in 1640, but was a part of Springfield, Massachusetts until 1848.
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