Introduction to Hampden, Massachusetts

Hampden, Massachusetts, in Hampden county, is 9 miles E of Springfield, Massachusetts (center to center) and 72 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is considered part of the Springfield metropolitan area.

Hampden History

The first European settlers came to Hampden in 1741. The town, which was built on the banks of the Scantic River, had grist and saw mills powered by the river waters. Consequently, the majority of the buildings stand adjacent to the river. Initially part of the mother town of South Wilbraham, Hampden was officially incorporated in 1878. Though initially an industrial town, it developed an agricultural focus later on. Lack of efficient transportation systems and fires led to the industrial decline and Hampden is now a residential town.

Hampden and Nearby Attractions

  • Zoo in Forest Park
  • Six Flags New England Amusement Park
  • Somers Historical Museum
  • Wilbraham children’s Museum
  • Lupa Zoo
  • Blunt Park

Things To Do In Hampden

Hampden has many parks, museums, and other recreational nearby. Six Flags New England Amusement Park is an exciting place for kids. The Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary showcases the natural beauty and varied wildlife of the area. Museums such as the Somers Historical Museum and the Old Academic Hall give visitors a glimpse into the city’s past heritage. The nearby zoos such as the Zoo in Forest Park and the Lupa Zoo are ideal attractions for family outings.

Hampden Transportation

Bradley International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Hampden Higher Education

Colleges closest to Hampden include Western New England College, Springfield College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Connecticut.


Total Population 5,179
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 22%
Employed Population 16+ 2,690
Age of the Population 49


% of people married 59.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $89,936
% Above Poverty Level 94.8%
% Below Poverty Level 5.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 15.8%
Median Gross Rent $763
Median House Value $274,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.9%
US/American 1.5%
English 18.3%
Irish 27.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hampden Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles E of Springfield, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hampden
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01036
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.063
Longitude -72.413

Hampden Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 47.4 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Station STORRS
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Hampden, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hampton (01036)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Longmeadow 16,017 $100,515
Longmeadow 15,877 $131,086
Ludlow 21,348 $73,930
Monson 8,713 $84,336
Wilbraham 3,892 $103,411

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hampden Public Libraries

Hampden Free Library
625 MAIN ST.
Hampden, Massachusetts
(413) 566-3047
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