A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    C-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$334,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,679
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    9%
  • Own
    91%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    27
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    18
    41
  • Robbery
    9
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    89
    525
  • Theft
    1,525
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    35
    263

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$121,349
National
$53,889
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    29%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Amherst Reviews

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If you want a community, not just a "town" with a bunch of massive builder homes connected by development after development, come to Amherst. You'll hear a lot about "the Village" and our historic town green. The beauty isn't fully appreciated in my mind, by people who were born here. The Fourth of July parade that take place there every year, is attended by families from all over including Bedford, Hollis and other neighboring towns. The schools are progressive, but excellent. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. We had shadow days at other close by high schools in the area, and Souhegan was clearly a step above. Another great aspect to the area is the nature trails, the lake, the new Joshua's Park just outside the village for the kids and of course, Moulton's, our village store. It's amazing how warm people have been since everyone told me New Englander's are cold fish. Anything but in Amherst.
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If you thought the days of children riding their bikes across town, unsupervised or playing ball in a school yard with friends without adult coaching were over, you haven't come to Amherst. Situated one town removed from a major highway that can take you to the lights of Boston, the amazing beaches of the Atlantic or the adventure of the White Mountains, Amherst is a Rockwellian reminder of what America was, and where it's going. There is something for every family including Baboosic Lake beach, Peabody Mill environmental center, a historic village green and miles of hiking trails. We love to complain about our schools when in fact they are superior to even many private school in the state, a sign of a town that is highly educated and values first class learning for their kids. My family has been here for more than a decade and we love it more and more with each passing season. If you're looking for you and your family to belong, then Amherst is for you.
Moved here for employment. While the commute is long, the traffic is not bad. A bit more expensive but the standard of living is phenomenal​. There is a community webpage where people offer help to anyone that may need it during a storm. Neighbors stop to help shovel snow if you get stuck in your driveway. There does not seem to be a Jones attitude here either.
There is an occasional bear sighting in the yard but if you are smart about it, they don't bother you.
Utilities are the only major concern, no natural gas options make heating bills a bit high. Electricity also seems a bit higher with above ground lines that are prone to being pulled down by trees.
I very much love the flora and fauna in the area and the variety of birds is breathtaking. Sitting on my back deck is very relaxing.
Finally, their school system is much different than we are used to and it is outstanding. The teachers are very involved and the curriculum is unique. Very refreshing, indeed.