A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$345,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,128
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%

Amherst Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    132
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    45
    41
  • Robbery
    20
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    137
    1
  • Theft
    464
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    35
    0

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$48,059
National
$53,889
Children
7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    43%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Amherst Reviews

26 reviews
All Categories
Amherst is a cute college town with great night life for the college age crowd, as well as family. The community offers adorable shops, great community atmosphere, and great athletics!
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Amherst is a great town however it has very little racial diversity. I got a great education in Amherst as it also is surrounded by 5 fabulous colleges (Amherst, UMass, Holyoke, Hampshire, and Smith). It is right by the town of Northampton, which has plenty to do and great food!
The latest controversy on public school funding has really offset half of the community. Plus EMS services need to be improved drastically since it is a Five College area. Too many emergency calls with low staff makes me worry about general taxes and safety. I hope the town overcomes the challenges as my family and I love living here. It is a bucolic vision with the farmer's market, diverse population, and good restaurants. The small shops are staples in this community which really bring people together.