Monson, Massachusetts

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Edward S. Harrison,

Monson (pronounced /ˈmʌnsən/) is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 8,359 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The village of Monson Center lies at the center of the town.

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History

Monson was first settled in the year 1715 and was officially incorporated in 1775. The town was named after Sir John Monson, a friend of the governor.[1] Monson was largely a mill town until most of the mills in town closed down due to poor business. Monson also had a large granite quarry that was opened by Rufus Flynt, later owned by his oldest son William Flynt. It was closed around 1935.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.8 square miles (116.1 km²); 44.3 square miles (114.7 km²) of which is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of which is water.

Monson is bordered on the north by Palmer, on the east by Brimfield and Wales, on the south by Stafford, CT, and on the west by Hampden and Wilbraham.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,359 people, 3,095 households, and 2,203 families residing in the town. The population density was 188.8 people per square mile (72.9/km²). There were 3,213 housing units at an average density of 72.6/sq mi (28.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.69% White, 0.67% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

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