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It's a good town, needs some more diversity! Good public schools, decent roads, thriving but little downtown.
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.