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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
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Amherst is a suburb of Springfield with a population of 39,741. 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
$360,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,312
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
    4%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    59%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    5%
  • 45-54 years
    6%
  • 55-64 years
    6%
  • 65+ years
    8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    41%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    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
$51,878
National
$55,322
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Amherst Reviews

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I have lived here for over 15 years, and moved here not knowing much about how the town was run. Most people's hearts are in the right place but there is little balance between what is an elective cost and what is necessary to provide the basics for a successfully functioning town. The schools, roads, sidewalks, and some parkland are in serious disrepair. Years of deferred maintenance has taken its toll on the physical condition of two of the grade schools, the middle school, and part of the high school. The grade schools are also slipping in their performance. Just check the ratings. The sidewalks are difficult to navigate during the day because of their decrepit condition, and at night, with very limited street lighting, they can be downright treacherous. Many in town are also not very tolerant of differing viewpoints. If you are not far to the left in your thinking, then it would be best to move on. If you are lower middle class or blue collar, then this town is not for you.
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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.
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.