Westfield, Massachusetts

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Westfield is a city in Hampden County, in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 40,072 at the 2000 census. The ZIP Code is 01085 for homes and businesses, 01086 for Westfield State University and U.S. Post Office boxes.

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The area was originally inhabited by the Pocomtuc tribe, and was called Woronoco (meaning "the winding land"[1]). Trading houses were built in 1639-40 by settlers from the Connecticut Colony. Massachusetts asserted jurisdiction, and prevailed after a boundary survey. In 1647, Massachusetts made Woronoco part of Springfield, Massachusetts.[2] Land was incrementally purchased from the Indians and granted by the Springfield town meeting to English settlers, beginning in 1658. The area of Woronoco or "Streamfield" began to be permanently settled in the 1660s.[2] In 1669 (OS), "Westfield" was incorporated as an independent town;[3] in 1920, it would be re-incorporated as a city.

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