Goshen, Massachusetts

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Goshen is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 921 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town has a rural atmosphere, with only one general store, a post office, Elementary school, and town hall. The town encompasses both the Upper and Lower Highland lake, Upper being a part of the D.A.R. State Forest. The Lower Highland Lake is privately held by a homeowners association for families who own year long and summer properties on the lake.

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History

Goshen was first settled in 1761 and was officially incorporated in 1781.

Parent Town: Chesterfield, Massachusetts

Historic sites and societies

  • Goshen Historical Community Museum

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 17.7 square miles (45.9 km²), of which, 17.4 square miles (45.0 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (1.98%) is water. Coordinates are 42°26′N 72°49′W / 42.44°N 72.81°W / 42.44; -72.81. Elevation is 1,450 feet (440 m).

The ZIP code is 01032 and the area code is 413.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 921 people, 365 households, and 247 families residing in the town. The population density was 53.0 people per square mile (20.5/km²). There were 536 housing units at an average density of 30.9/sq mi (11.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.02% White, 0.11% Native American, 0.22% Asian, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

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