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Amherst
  • Suburb of Springfield, MA

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

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Amherst is a suburb of Springfield with a population of 39,814. Amherst is in Hampshire County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Amherst offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Amherst there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many young professionals live in Amherst and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Amherst are highly rated.

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Real Estate

Median Home Value
$358,700
National
$217,500
Median Rent
$1,376
National
$1,062
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Amherst Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
grade B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Assault
    174.2
    national  282.7
  • Murder
    0
    national  6.1
  • Rape
    70.7
    national  40.7
  • Robbery
    5.1
    national  135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Burglary
    138.9
    national  500.1
  • Theft
    260.1
    national  2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    37.9
    national  284

Residents

Diversity
grade B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    4%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    58%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    5%
  • 45-54 years
    5%
  • 55-64 years
    6%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
  • Master's degree or higher
    42%
    national  12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    national  20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    national  29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    national  27%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    national  12%

Working in Amherst

Jobs
grade B minus
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$56,905
National
$62,843

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