19 reviews
  1. Suburb of Manchester, NH
NG
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    NG
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Real Estate
    NG
  4. Nightlife
    NG
  5. Good for Families
    NG
  6. Diversity
    NG
  7. Jobs
    NG
  8. Weather
    NG
  9. Cost of Living
    NG
  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    NG
  12. Commute
    NG

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$336,100
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$1,682
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    9%
  • Own
    91%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    53
    264
  • Murder
    9
    5
  • Rape
    0
    37
  • Robbery
    18
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    151
    575
  • Theft
    1,517
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    9
    257

Residents

Diversity
NG
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$115,898
National
$53,046
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Amherst Reviews

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Amherst is the hidden gem in New Hampshire. The only reason it doesn't make the Niche list, is because they utilize the wrong population data. Amherst has about 11,000 residents(Niche says 490). The wonders in this town are many including Baboosic Lake Town Beach, Pond Parrish, Joe English Nature Preserve, Peabody Mill Environmental Center, two 18 hole golf courses, Bragdon Hill for winter sledding, Joshua's Park for the little one's, the Amherst Village which is on the national historic register and many, many other gems. The schools are progressive. Some parents question why they don't make the US News Ranking. It primary has to do with the curriculum not being aligned to the state test. The curriculum and school is more closely modeled after some of the best school systems in the world, and is ranked on US News as the #3 school in the state for College Readiness. The neighborhoods are safe, the people a very well educated and there is not the "keeping-up-with-the-Jones'" that is prevalent in our neighbor to the north. We could not have chosen a better place to raise our family.
Small townships like ours progress upward in a variety of ways. Primarily open to contributing factors of the surrounding towns, there is a harmony to be found in the meaningful and substantial growth this community attains throughout time. When considering how I view this place, to me it is unlike many other rural-suburban areas as it exemplifies both cooperative agriculture capabilities alongside industrious labor attitudes that proliferate a means of enhancing both communal diversity and colloquial efforts of growth and inter connectivity.
Imagine your child growing up in a place where they can still ride their bikes to town on their own, or come home when the street lights come on, play out in the wood building forts and know all their neighbors by name. No, they wouldn't need to travel back in time to the 1970's. Amherst is still very much like that. From the idyllic village green and historic town common, to abundant nature trails and the ever present Souhegan River, Amherst is ideal for raising a family. They still hold community events that brings everyone to the village like the 4th of July parade, Trick or Treat and the Christmas Tree lighting. They have strong community organization that support youth football, lacrosse, soccer and other sports. The Peabody Mill Environmental Center and Baboosic Lake Beach are places young and old can spend time enjoying the outdoors. Although Amherst works hard to maintain it's rural and historic character, it remains minutes from the comforts of suburban shopping on Route 101A. Whether you come vist LaBelle Winery for a special event, or golf at one of Amherst's spectacular public golf courses, you'll want to make this town home. Unlike it's neighboring town to the north, Bedford, Amherst has not succumb to massive suburban sprawl which will keep taxes low in the long run by comparison. We could not have chosen a better place to live when we moved here ten years ago with our you g and growing family.