Southampton, Massachusetts

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Southampton is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It was established first as a district of Northampton in 1753. It was incorporated in 1753. The name Southampton was given to it during its first town meeting in 1773[1]. Its ZIP code is 01073. Southampton is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Southampton was rated having the best tasting tap water in the country in 2008 by the National Rural Water Association[2].

U.S. Senator Edward Moore Kennedy crashed his plane here in 1964.[3]

Lewis Strong Clarke, a Louisiana sugar planter and 19th century Republican politician, was born here in 1837.[4]

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.1 square miles (75.3 km²), of which, 28.1 square miles (72.9 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it (3.20%) is water. Southampton is bordered by Easthampton to the northeast, Holyoke to the southeast, Westfield to the south, Montgomery to the southwest, Huntington for a very short length on the west, and Westhampton to the northwest.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,387 people, 1,985 households, and 1,556 families residing in the town. The population density was 191.4 people per square mile (73.9/km²). There were 2,025 housing units at an average density of 71.9/sq mi (27.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.29% White, 0.20% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

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