Where Exactly Does 'Western Massachusetts' Begin?

BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - Where exactly does 'Western Massachusetts' begin?

The age old question has ironically much of the state divided. While some would say it's pretty clear-cut with Worcester being the dividing line, while others argue the boundaries start beyond that, say Springfield. Then there are those who feel the western part of the state is merely a state of mind. You're in western Mass. when you feel you're in western Mass.

But for many Bostonians the idea of western Mass. is a mystery. Where does it begin? Who actually lives there?

We got answers ranging from Framingham to I-495, Worcester to Springfield.

According to the Western Mass Economic Development Council, western Mass. is made up of three counties; Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden. However many also agree Berkshire county belongs on that list. On the organization's website they write:

"Western Mass isn’t Boston, but it’s close by. So is New York City. The region has many of the same attractive features—historic landmarks, cultural institutions, performing and visual arts, topnotch healthcare and academic institutions. They’re all here. The difference is a matter of scale. There are also plenty of career opportunities and interesting places to live. Or, you can live here and work remotely in cities like Boston, New York or LA. It’s up to you."

WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) reports

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