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
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

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%

Amherst Rankings

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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
    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

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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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.
Amherst is a cute college town with great night life for the college age crowd, as well as family. The community offers adorable shops, great community atmosphere, and great athletics!