Hampshire 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
|Town||County||Land area (sq mi)||Population (2010)|
|Easthampton (City)||Hampshire County||5.251||16053|
|Northampton (City)||Hampshire County||35.75||28549|
|South Hadley||Hampshire County||18.4||17514|