Hampden County, Massachusetts

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Hampden County is a non-governmental county located in the Pioneer Valley of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. As of 2008, the population was 482,228. The traditional county seat is Springfield. Hampden County is located in southwestern Massachusetts, with the state of Connecticut at its southern boundary; it was split from Hampshire County in 1812.

Hampden County is part of the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Law and government

Like an increasing number of Massachusetts counties, Hampden County exists today only as a historical geographic region, and has no county government. All former county functions were assumed by state agencies in 1998. The sheriff and some other regional officials with specific duties are still elected locally to perform duties within the county region, but there is no county council or commissioner. Communities are now granted the right to form their own regional compacts for sharing services. Hampden County and Hampshire County together are part of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

See also: MassGov page on counties.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 634 square miles (1,642.1 km2), of which 618 square miles (1,600.6 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41.4 km2) (2.48%) is water.

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