Hampshire County, Massachusetts

mass county town map hampshire county highlightedHampshire County is located in western central Massachusetts. It is bordered to the west by Berkshire County, to the north by Franklin County, to the East by Worcester County, and to the south by Hampden County . The 2012 population for Hampshire County was estimated to be 159,795. There are a total of 18 towns and  2 cities in Hampshire County with the largest being Amherst. Hampshire County has a land area of 946 square miles.

In 1999 County functions for the area were assumed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, making Hampshire County a historical geographic region, with no county government. Some regional officials, including the sheriffs office,  are still elected locally, but there is no county council or commissioner. The Hampshire Council of Governments is a consortium of towns that acts regionally. In 1998 the residents of Hampshire County voted to charter the Hampshire Council of Governments as the successor to Hampshire County. The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, which is made up of Hampden and Hampshire Counties, is a regional compact that the towns have formed to share services.

 

Hampshire County, Massachusetts

TownCountyLand area (sq mi)Population (2010)
AmherstHampshire County27.837819
BelchertownHampshire County55.414649
ChesterfieldHampshire County31.31222
CummingtonHampshire County23.1872
Easthampton (City)Hampshire County5.25116053
GoshenHampshire County17.71054
GranbyHampshire County28.16420
HadleyHampshire County24.75250
HatfieldHampshire County16.83279
HuntingtonHampshire County26.92180
MiddlefieldHampshire County24.2521
Northampton (City)Hampshire County35.7528549
PelhamHampshire County26.51321
PlainfieldHampshire County21.3648
South HadleyHampshire County18.417514
SouthamptonHampshire County29.15792
WareHampshire County409872
WesthamptonHampshire County27.31607
WilliamsburgHampshire County25.72482
WorthingtonHampshire County32.11156