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 and has a population of 5,171.

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 5,174
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 21.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,789
Age of the Population 49


% of people married 61.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.9%
Median Earnings25+ $45,481
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,357
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,513


Median Family Income $86,587
% Above Poverty Level 95.8%
% Below Poverty Level 4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 16.8%
Median Gross Rent $773
Median House Value $271,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.4%
US/American 1.6%
English 19.5%
Irish 25.9%

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 15,917 $101,739
Longmeadow 15,858 $127,250
Ludlow 21,288 $73,693
Monson 8,660 $81,953
Wilbraham 3,765 $101,845

Hampden Public Libraries

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