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Time Zone: Hampshire County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Northampton is the Seat for Hampshire County.

Hampshire County was founded in 1662.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Hampshire had a population of 156,044 people. This is an increase of 2.49% since the last Census (which gave a population of 152,251 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Hampshire represented 2.4% of the total population of Massachusetts, making it the state's 10th most populous county (out of 14 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010158,080+3.83%+1.3% since 2009
2009156,044+2.49%+0.16% since 2008
2008155,788+2.32%+0.38% since 2007
2000152,251The Last Census

More information can be found on the Hampshire County Census Page for Hampshire County.


Below are some of the communities located in Hampshire County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Hampshire County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Amherst   36,24734,8743.94% increase  
Northampton   28,52828,9781.55% decrease  
South Hadley   17,31017,1960.66% increase  
Easthampton   16,26215,9941.68% increase  
Belchertown   14,27212,96810.06% increase  

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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