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.

Hampden Almanac

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


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

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
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
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

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
ZIP: 1036
(413) 566-3996
Total Enrollment 242
Thornton Burgess
85 Wilbraham Rd
ZIP: 1036
(413) 566-3931
Total Enrollment 264
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