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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
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Amherst is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 39,880. 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
$347,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,275
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
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
    191
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    49.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    7.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    134
    500.1
  • Theft
    503.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    14.9
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    5%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    59%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    5%
  • 45-54 years
    5%
  • 55-64 years
    6%
  • 65+ years
    8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    42%
    12%
  • 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%

Working in Amherst

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$50,203
National
$55,322
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Amherst Reviews

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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.
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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.
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.