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Bristol County, Massachusetts

US county information
NameBristol County
Largest cityNew Bedford
US Area
Total Area691.19 sq mi (1790.2 km2)
Land Area556.00 sq mi (1440 km2)
Water Area135.19 sq mi (350.1 km2)
Population548285 (2010)
Density371.3/km2 (962/sq mi)
FoundedJune 2, 1685
(from Plymouth Colony)

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Bristol County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, adjacent to the state of Rhode Island. As of the 2010 census, the population was 548,285. Some governmental functions are performed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, others by the county, and others by local towns and cities. See Administrative divisions of Massachusetts. Despite multiple seats being displayed on some maps, the formal county seat is Taunton ; Fall River and New Bedford are not county seats, but there are some courthouses and other county-operated facilities in those two places. The property deed records are kept in Taunton, Attleboro, Fall River, and New Bedford. The adjacent counties are Plymouth County; Norfolk County; Bristol County, Rhode Island; Newport County, Rhode Island; Providence County, Rhode Island; and Dukes County.

The county offices are located in the superior courthouse in Taunton at the Taunton Green.

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