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Holland, Massachusetts
Town
Library
Library
Official seal of Holland, Massachusetts
Seal
Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts
Location in Hampden County in Massachusetts
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Hampden
Settled 1725
Incorporated 1783
Area
 • Total 13.1 sq mi (33.9 km2)
 • Land 12.4 sq mi (32.1 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
Elevation 743 ft (226 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,407
 • Density 194.2/sq mi (75.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01521
Area code(s) 413
FIPS code 25-30665
GNIS feature ID 0618185
Website http://town.holland.ma.us

Holland is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 2,481 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Part of the town 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 2000 census, there were 2,407 people, 898 households and 668 families residing in the town. The population density was 194.2 per square mile (75.0/km²). There were 1,317 housing units at an average density of 106.3 per square mile (41.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.97% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% of the population.

There were 898 households of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.06.

27.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 103.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.3 males.

The median household income was $52,073 and the median family income was $57,024. Males had a median income of $40,636 and females $29,010. The per capita income was $21,770. About 6.5% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.


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