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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Amherst is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 39,880. 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.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$347,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,275
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
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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
    226.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    67.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    106.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    300.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    27.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    5%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    59%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    5%
  • 45-54 years
    5%
  • 55-64 years
    6%
  • 65+ years
    8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    42%
    12%
  • 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%

Working in Amherst

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$50,203
National
$55,322
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Amherst Reviews

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I like availability of variety of schools that are offered around Amherst and near by towns. It has a wonderful community feeling around the Bang Center, which is located in the center of town. The PVTA bus services are great for the students as well as the community. They offer many services for the community whether you are an elderly, student, or disabled in any way, they will find you help. The people of the community are great and helpful. Amherst is a college town and thrives with the diversity which illuminates our town. I am glad I grew up here and still plan to complete my Bachelors in Accounting at Umass Amherst.
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There is such an amazing community present in Amherst! Always lots of town events coordinated from "block parties" to the Amherst Tree Lighting. There are a lot of small businesses downtown, all of which are amazing.
I love Amherst! The community is well established, but big enough that it doesn't have too tight of a small-town feel. There is the perfect balance between having all of the colleges right there to having plenty of space for kids to play, be in nature, and do things that are completely unrelated to the local colleges. The public schools are great and the town of Amherst just has a generally welcoming feel.