Hampshire County is located in West-central Massachusetts. The County Seat is Northampton and the largest city is Amherst. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.hampshirecog.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 160,939 and the 2010 census population was 158,080. The land area is 527.26 square miles and there are 299.8 persons per square mile.
89.4% of the population is White, 2.9% is Black or African American, 5.1% is Hispanic or Latino, 5% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.3% is two or more races. 93.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 42.3% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $262,600, there are 58,828 households, an average of 2.31 persons per household. The per capita income is $29,460, the median household income is $61,227, and 13% of the persons in Hampshire County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 15,970. Retail sales (in $1000) were $1,546,067, and sales per capita were $9,962. The percentage of black-owned firms is 1.9%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 32.7%.
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