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%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    132
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    45
    41
  • Robbery
    20
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    137
    525
  • Theft
    464
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    35
    263

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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Amherst Reviews

19 reviews
All Categories
It's a good town, needs some more diversity! Good public schools, decent roads, thriving but little downtown.
Review Amherst
I like that is a small town that holds activities, festivals, and block parties for all people. The down town area is small but has many different food shops from different ethnic backgrounds. Nightlife can be fun when pubs hold events. They have a few different barber shops and hair salons giving you options to choose from. The local Amherst cinema has a nice small sized theater that I've been to a couple of times, their prices on snack may be a bit pricey but they offer alcoholic beverages which is a nice plus. Everything is nearby and accessible in the neighboring town Hadley, such as target and walmart.
Amherst has beautiful farmlands, open spaces, and cute homes. However, it is FULL of college students and academia. During the school year it is difficult to find non-professional jobs and affordable housing. Keep in mind while it is a small city, as well as Northampton, it is still fairly rural. This means things close early and public transit isn't great. There are buses but they aren't frequent and they don't run as much during the summer. I would suggest looking to Turner Falls instead.