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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,190
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens22.1%
Employed Population 16+2,698
Age of the Population49

Families

% of people married57.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35.2%
Median Earnings25+$50,705
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,426
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,897

Wealth

Median Family Income$87,768
% Above Poverty Level95%
% Below Poverty Level5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone17%
Median Gross Rent$913
Median House Value$271,200

Ancestry

Irish22.2%
Italian17.8%
English17.7%
French Except Basque15.2%
Polish8.4%
German8.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)7.6%
Scottish6%
Canadian5.7%
Portuguese3.1%
Greek2.2%
US/American1.8%
Swedish1.4%
Romanian1.3%
Austrian0.8%
Russian0.8%
Dutch0.6%
Lebanese0.5%
Arab0.5%
Ukrainian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Norwegian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
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Hampden Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hampden County
Standard Zip Codes1036
Phone Area Codes413
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.06
Approximate Longitude-72.41

Hampden Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationEAST BRIMFIELD LAKE
Distance14.9 miles
Jan Temp12 to 33 F
Apr Temp33 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip47.4 inches
StationHARTFORD BRADLEY INTL AP
Distance16.5 miles
Jan Temp17 to 34 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 63 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches
StationSTORRS
Distance20.1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 34 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp61 to 80 F
Oct Temp41 to 61 F
Annual Precip51.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
East Longmeadow16,063$101,563
Longmeadow15,837$122,889
Ludlow21,352$76,472
Monson8,741$85,648
Wilbraham3,916$104,770

Hampden Public Libraries

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

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Hampden Public Schools

Green Meadows Elementary
38 North Rd
(413) 566-3996
Primary
Total Enrollment 300
Thornton Burgess
85 Wilbraham Rd
(413) 566-3931
Middle
Total Enrollment 294
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