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ENGL 301 Reporting Lab: Holyoke, MA

Comparing by the numbers

How does Holyoke compare to similar cities across the country?  There are a lot of variables to consider when thinking about comparing cities: population size and makeup, the economy, housing, culture, schools, crime rate, climate, geographic location, etc.  While there isn't any single tool that would allow you to quickly identify similar cities across all possible variables, below are a couple of tools that can help you get started. It's worth checking any cities you identify as similar to Holyoke in some ways against further information describing them in the Statistical Information section of this guide and on the Web (think a city web site or even Wikipedia for a quick description).

Comparing by the issues

Another approach to comparing Holyoke to other cities in similar circumstances is to think about the characteristics that describe Holyoke and the opportunities or challenges it faces and research those things across a larger geographic area. For example, you might search on the terms

gentrification massachusetts


gentrification new england

and so on, expanding outward to larger geographic areas up through "united states."


Some multidisciplinary databases to try searching:


You might also try the some of the subject-specific databases found in these library research guides for information on certain topics:

Reference Works

Urban Studies

You may find these reference works useful for getting some basic background information on urban studies issues and the vocabulary used to describe them (helpful for developing keywords to use when you start searching research databases for more in-depth information).

Immigration, Countries, Cultures

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