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Amherst is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 39,724. Amherst is in Hampshire County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Amherst offers residents a suburban 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
$346,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,201
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
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Amherst Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    155
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    45
    41
  • Robbery
    10
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    165
    500
  • Theft
    407
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    27
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,999
National
$55,322
Children
7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    42%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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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.
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I have grown up in Amherst and been incredibly thankful to have done so. The town is definitely very lefty, and people are very conscious of the "Amherst bubble" in terms of politics. Although politically it can be homogenous, I have found it really formative to grow up in such a liberal environment. The town is beautiful, very sweet little downtown, with nearby attractions like Mass MoCA, Northampton downtown, and Boston within driving distance. Public schools are known for being wonderful. Beautiful, happy, liberal town.
Amherst is a beautiful town filled with caring, open-minded people. It has amazing public schools that offer many opportunities, and it is an excellent place to grow up. Amherst is home to many local businesses, providing a diverse selection of dining and other services. The town is clean, safe, and lively thanks to the many colleges in the area. There are many ways to get involved in the community. Two universities are located in Amherst, and there are three others nearby. Public transportation offers easy access to Hadley and Northampton.