Hampden County, MA

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Population

470,406

0.125% growth

Poverty Rate

17.2%


Median Age

39.1


Median Household Income

$52,372

1.25% growth

Number of Employees

212,587

0.35% growth

Median Property Value

$217,600

4.21% growth

About

In 2018, Hampden County, MA had a population of 470k people with a median age of 39.1 and a median household income of $52,372. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Hampden County, MA grew from 469,818 to 470,406, a 0.125% increase and its median household income grew from $51,726 to $52,372, a 1.25% increase.

The population of Hampden County, MA is 61.7% White Alone, 26.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.67% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Hampden County, MA speak a non-English language, and 96.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Hampden County, MA are Westfield State University (1,594 degrees awarded in 2017), American International College (1,131 degrees), and Western New England University (1,110 degrees).

The median property value in Hampden County, MA is $217,600, and the homeownership rate is 59.9%. Most people in Hampden County, MA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Hampden County, MA is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Historic 1874 Hampden County Courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Hampden County, MA employs 213k people. The largest industries in Hampden County, MA are Health Care & Social Assistance (42,681 people), Manufacturing (23,364 people), and Educational Services (23,240 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($70,742), Finance & Insurance ($68,932), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($65,179).

Median household income in Hampden County, MA is $52,372. Males in Hampden County, MA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $66,042. The income inequality in Hampden County, MA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.483, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,372

2018 value

± $2,376

1.25%

1 Year Growth

± 5.35%

Households in Hampden County, MA have a median annual income of $52,372, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,726 in 2017, which represents a 1.25% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$89,637

Average Male Salary

± $1,937

$66,042

Average Female Salary

± $1,326

In 2018, full-time male employees in Massachusetts made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Massachusetts by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $78,414 ± $4,378

  2. White

    $68,799 ± $1,194

  3. Two or More Races

    $52,931 ± $4,910

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Massachusetts workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Massachusetts by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Hampden County, MA is from Massachusetts.

0.483

2018 Wage GINI

0.484

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.483 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.101% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Massachusetts was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Massachusetts in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Massachusetts across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 8133.04

  2. Census Tract 8136.02

  3. Census Tract 8133.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Hampden County, MA was Census Tract 8133.04 with a value of $128,542, followed by Census Tract 8136.02 and Census Tract 8133.03, with respective values of $117,143 and $115,735.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Hampden County, MA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Hampden County, MA (78.3k out of 455k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    52,338 ± 1,694

  2. Hispanic

    43,935 ± 1,406

  3. Other

    11,531 ± 886

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Hampden County, MA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

213k

2018 Value

± 7,675

0.35%

1 Year growth

± 5.19%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Hampden County, MA grew at a rate of 0.35%, from 212k employees to 213k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Hampden County, MA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (23,954 people), Sales & Related Occupations (18,035 people), and Management Occupations (17,537 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Hampden County, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Hampden County, MA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (23,954 people), Sales & Related Occupations (18,035 people), and Management Occupations (17,537 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Hampden County, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (2 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.85 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.4 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Hampden County, MA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($73,136), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($72,236), and Management Occupations ($71,760).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

213k

2018 Value

± 7,675

0.35%

1 Year growth

± 5.19%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Hampden County, MA grew at a rate of 0.35%, from 212k employees to 213k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Hampden County, MA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (42,681 people), Manufacturing (23,364 people), and Educational Services (23,240 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Hampden County, MA, though some of these residents may live in Hampden County, MA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Hampden County, MA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (42,681 people), Manufacturing (23,364 people), and Educational Services (23,240 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Hampden County, MA has an unusually high number of Health Care & Social Assistance (1.45 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.44 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Hampden County, MA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($70,742), Finance & Insurance ($68,932), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($65,179).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $30.9B

  2. $29.2B

  3. $27.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $30.9B, followed by Mixed freight ($29.2B) and Electronics ($27.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Massachusetts products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$260B

2020 Value

$364B

Projected 2045 Value

40% growth

In 2020, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $260B. This is expected to increase 40% to $364B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Massachusetts trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $14.6B

  2. $13.9B

  3. $13.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $14.6B, followed by Connecticut with $13.9B and New Hampshire and $13.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Massachusetts shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

97.1% of the population of Hampden County, MA has health coverage, with 43.1% on employee plans, 31.6% on Medicaid, 10.9% on Medicare, 10.3% on non-group plans, and 1.23% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Hampden County, MA was $10,559 in 2014. This is a 2.78% increase from the previous year ($10,273).

Primary care physicians in Hampden County, MA see 1426 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0701% decrease from the previous year (1427 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1270 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 129 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.4%). Additionally, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,426 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Hampden County, MA see an average of 1,426 patients per year. This represents a 0.0701% decrease from the previous year (1,427 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Hampden County, MA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$10,559

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,302

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,922

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,899

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Massachusetts (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.78%, from $10,273 to $10,559.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

2.85%

Uninsured

43.1%

Employer Coverage

31.6%

Medicaid

10.9%

Medicare

10.3%

Non-Group

1.23%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Hampden County, MA declined by 10.4% from 3.18% to 2.85%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Hampden County, MA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 11.4% prevalence

  2. 11.1% prevalence

  3. 10.8% prevalence

Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts, at 11.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Hampden County, MA is home to a population of 470k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.8% of Hampden County, MA residents were born outside of the country (41.4k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Hampden County, MA is composed of 290k White Alone residents (61.7%), 123k Hispanic or Latino residents (26.1%), 36.1k Black or African American Alone residents (7.67%), 11.6k Asian Alone residents (2.47%), 7.04k Two or More Races residents (1.5%), 1.58k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.335%), 1.05k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.222%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.3

In 2018, the median age of all people in Hampden County, MA was 39.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Hampden County, MA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Hampden County, MA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

41.4k people

8.97%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

42k people

As of 2017, 8.8% of Hampden County, MA residents (41.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Hampden County, MA was 8.97%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. China

    100,431 ± 7,724 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    97,136 ± 7,598 people

  3. Brazil

    81,900 ± 6,984 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 100,431 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 97,136 and Brazil with 81,900.

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Citizenship

96.8%

2018 Citizenship

96.8%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 96.8% of Hampden County, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Hampden County, MA was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    290k ± 207

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    123k ± 6.9k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    36.1k ± 1.76k

In 2018, there were 2.36 times more White Alone residents (290k people) in Hampden County, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 123k Hispanic or Latino and 36.1k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Hampden County, MA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    9,492 ± 1,321

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,835 ± 1,073

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,407 ± 922

Hampden County, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.96 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Hampden County, MA awarded 9,509 degrees. The student population of Hampden County, MA is skewed towards women, with 12,512 male students and 21,247 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Hampden County, MA are White (6,148 and 65.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,091 and 11.6%), Black or African American (1,048 and 11.2%), and Unknown (640 and 6.82%).

The largest universities in Hampden County, MA by number of degrees awarded are Westfield State University (1,594 and 16.8%), American International College (1,131 and 11.9%), and Western New England University (1,110 and 11.7%).

The most popular majors in Hampden County, MA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (814 and 8.56%), Registered Nursing (428 and 4.5%), and Community Organization & Advocacy (415 and 4.36%).

The median tuition costs in Hampden County, MA are $33,448 for private four year colleges, and $970 and $7,050 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 389 degrees awarded

  2. 300 degrees awarded

  3. 282 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Hampden County, MA was Community Organization & Advocacy with 389 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Hampden County, MA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,594 degrees awarded

  2. 1,131 degrees awarded

  3. 1,110 degrees awarded

$970

Median In-State Public

$33,448

Median Private

In 2017, the Hampden County, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Westfield State University with 1,594 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,130

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,379

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,130 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Hampden County, MA, which is 0.491 times less than the 6,379 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,148 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,091 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    1,048 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Hampden County, MA were to White students. These 6,148 degrees mean that there were 5.64 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,091 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Hampden County, MA was $217,600 in 2018, which is 0.947 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $208,800 to $217,600, a 4.21% increase. The homeownership rate in Hampden County, MA is 59.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Hampden County, MA have an average commute time of 21.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Hampden County, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$217,600

2018 Median

± $6,171

$208,800

2017 Median

± $6,440

In 2018, the median property value in Hampden County, MA grew to to $217,600 from the previous year's value of $208,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Hampden County, MA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Hampden County, MA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$52,372

Median Household Income

± $2,376

179k

Number of Households

± 6,514

In 2018, the median household income of the 179k households in Hampden County, MA grew to $52,372 from the previous year's value of $51,726.

The following chart displays the households in Hampden County, MA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Hampden County, MA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Hampden County, MA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

59.9%

2018 Homeownership

58.5%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 59.9% of the housing units in Hampden County, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Hampden County, MA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Hampden County, MA have a shorter commute time (21.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.54% of the workforce in Hampden County, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.6%

  2. Carpooled

    8.05%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.81%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Hampden County, MA was Drove Alone (82.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.05%) and those who Worked At Home (3.81%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Hampden County, MA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Hampden County, MA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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