Introduction to Southampton, Massachusetts

Southampton, Massachusetts, in Hampshire county, is 8 miles NW of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center) and 85 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. Southampton is part of the surrounding Springfield metro area.

Southampton History

Southampton was initially a precinct of Northampton. Judah Hutchinson and Thomas Porter, who were the first settlers, established their home in 1732, and the first church was organized in 1743. Southampton, which was incorporated in 1753, held its first town meeting in 1773, in which residents chose the name "Southampton" for their community. According to records, the name was inspired by the city of Southampton in England.

Southampton and Nearby Attractions

  • Emily Dickinson Homestead
  • Connecticut Valley Historical Museum
  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site
  • Chester-Blandford State Forest
  • Copernican Observatory & Planetarium
  • Chicopee Memorial State Park

Things To Do In Southampton

The Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, and Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum have exhibits on regional history. The Springfield Museums at the Quad encompass the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts. At the Hadley Farm Museum, farm tools and equipment are housed in an 18th-century barn. Southampton is also close to a number of historical sites such as the Emily Dickinson Homestead, the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, and the William Cullen Bryant Homestead.

Within a range of 20 miles are several forest areas including the Chester-Blandford State Forest, the Granville State Forest, the Tolland State Forest, and the DAR State Forest. The Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation, which overlooks the Connecticut River, is on the North and South Sugarloaf peaks, and offers facilities for hiking and picnicking. The Copernican Observatory & Planetarium, the Berkshire Botanical Garden, and the International Skating Center of Connecticut are among the other popular destinations near Southampton.

Southampton Transportation

Bradley International Airport is the closest major airport.

Southampton Higher Education

Colleges near Southampton include Holyoke Community College, Smith College, and Westfield State College.


Total Population 6,022
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,429
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 54.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.8%
Median Earnings25+ $43,423
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,258
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,020


Median Family Income $91,528
% Above Poverty Level 94.6%
% Below Poverty Level 5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 24.4%
Median Gross Rent $983
Median House Value $297,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 17.5%
Irish 21.7%

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

Southampton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles NW of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 85 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hampshire
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01073
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.229
Longitude -72.73

Southampton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 33 F
Apr Temp 32 to 56 F
Jul Temp 56 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
Station CHESTER 2
Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 31 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 57 to 86 F
Oct Temp 34 to 64 F
Annual Precip 61.6 inches
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Holyoke 40,342 $41,194
Montgomery 846 $92,500
Russell 485 $75,673
Westfield 41,480 $77,163
Westhampton 1,727 $89,375

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

Southampton Public Libraries

Edwards Public Library
Southampton, Massachusetts
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