Place:Hampden, Massachusetts, United States

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NameHampden
Alt namesHampdensource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates42.167°N 72.583°W
Located inMassachusetts, United States     (1812 - )
See alsoHampshire, Massachusetts, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Hampden County is a non-governmental county located in the Pioneer Valley of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. As of the 2010 census, Hampden County's population was 463,490. Its traditional county seat is Springfield, the Connecticut River Valley's largest city, and economic and cultural capital. Hampden County was split from Hampshire County in 1812, because Northampton, Massachusetts was made Hampshire County's "shire town" in 1794; however, Springfield - theretofore Hampshire County's traditional shire town, dating back to its founding in 1636 - grew at a pace far quicker than Northampton and was granted shire town-status over its own, southerly jurisdiction. To the north of Hampden County is modern-day Hampshire County; to the south is Hartford County, Connecticut. To the west of Hampden County is Berkshire County; to the east is Worcester County.

Hampden County is part of the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the most urban county in Western Massachusetts. The Knowledge Corridor surrounding Springfield-Hartford is New England's second most populous urban area (after Greater Boston) with 1.9 million people.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1636 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1812 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1812 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1812 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1820 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1820 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1820 28,021
1830 31,639
1840 37,366
1850 51,283
1860 57,366
1870 78,409
1880 104,142
1890 135,713
1900 175,603
1910 231,369
1920 300,305
1930 335,496
1940 332,107
1950 367,971
1960 429,353
1970 459,050
1980 443,018
1990 456,310

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External links

  • Outstanding guide to Hampden County, Massachusetts family history and genealogy (FamilySearch Research Wiki). History, towns and cities, county histories, birth, marriage, and death records, deeds, wills, court records, divorce records, naturalizations, tax records, warnings out, maps, and societies.


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