Hampden County is located in southwest Massachusetts. The County Seat is Springfield and the largest city is Springfield. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.pvpc.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 468,161 and the 2010 census population was 463,625. The land area is 617.14 square miles and there are 751 persons per square mile.
83.8% of the population is White, 10.6% is Black or African American, 22.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 2.3% is Asian, 0.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.4% is two or more races. 83.7% have a high school degree or higher, and 24.5% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $197,900, there are 177,990 households, an average of 2.53 persons per household. The per capita income is $25,817, the median household income is $49,094, and 17.7% of the persons in Hampden County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 31,456. Retail sales (in $1000) were $5,668,671, and sales per capita were $12,119. The percentage of black-owned firms is 4.6%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 28.5%.
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