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Holland, Massachusetts
Holland Public Library
Holland Public Library
Official seal of Holland, Massachusetts
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Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts
Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Hampden
Settled 1725
Incorporated 1783
Government
 • Type Open town meeting
Area
 • Total 13.1 sq mi (33.8 km2)
 • Land 12.3 sq mi (31.8 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
Elevation
743 ft (226 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,603
 • Density 199.5/sq mi (77.01/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP Code
01521
Area code(s) 413
FIPS code 25-30665
GNIS feature ID 0618185

Holland is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 2,603 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The area around the town center comprises the census-designated place of Holland.

History

In 1730 the Town of Holland was settled by Joseph Blodgett, whose descendants still live in the town today. The Town was named after Lord Holland, an English statesman who lobbied for independence for the American colonies. The town was incorporated on July 5, 1783, and is rich with history. It separated from Wales which in part, separated from Brimfield back a few years earlier in 1775. The town separated because the town center of Wales was up through a mountain which made it hard to get through.

Holland is located in the southeast corner of Hampden County in Western Massachusetts. The town is twelve point four square miles in area. It contains the Quinnebaug River and the Hamilton Reservoir, one of the largest reservoirs in southern New England. It is nestled amongst two hill ranges, where elevations reach up to 1,100 feet.

Throughout the years, Holland has remained an example of the charm and beauty of the traditional New England village. At different times, it has sustained industries such as farming, the manufacturing of cloth, and brick making. To this day, Holland is known most for its recreational opportunities. There are extensive recreational facilities at the Hamilton Reservoir, which is stocked with trout each year by the state of Massachusetts. There is also a park and a swimming area at the very picturesque Lake Siog.

Unfortunately, the 200-year-old town hall was destroyed in a horrendous fire in December 1995. The new Town Hall was dedicated on July 11, 1998 by Richard Neal, Holland's U.S. Congressman from Springfield.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.1 square miles (34 km2), of which 12.4 square miles (32 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (5.34%) is water. Holland is bounded on the east by Sturbridge; on the south by Union, Connecticut; on the west by Wales; and on the north by Brimfield. Holland is equidistant between Springfield and Worcester, a distance of approximately 30 miles (48 km). Holland is also within commuting distance (approximately 35 miles) from Hartford, Connecticut, as it is located along the Interstate 84 corridor on the Massachusetts-Connecticut border.

Demographics

At the 2010 census, there were 2,481 people, 994 households and 697 families residing in the town. There were 1,365 housing units in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 96.9% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% some other race, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

Of the 994 households, 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were headed by married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50, and the average family size was 2.90.

21.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.9% were from 18 to 24, 25.6% were from 25 to 44, 35.3% were from 45 to 64, and 11.0% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.7 males.

For the period 2011-15, the estimated median household income was $75,000, and the median family income was $85,952. Male full-time workers had a median income of $60,915 and females $43,922. The per capita income was $34,188. About 3.2% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Holland Elementary School, serving grades Pre-K–6, has its own school committee, part of School Union 61. Holland students attend Tantasqua Regional Junior High School (grades 7–8) and Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge. Union 61 and the Tantasqua district share administrators, including the superintendent, and both include Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Sturbridge and Wales.

Notable people

  • Carl Beane (1952–2012), announcer at Fenway Park from 2003 until his death
  • Joel Crouse (born 1992 ), country music singer
  • Dick and Rick Hoyt, father-and-son marathon/triathlon team
  • Ephraim Paddock, Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
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