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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
North Adams is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 13,211. North Adams is in Berkshire County. Living in North Adams offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In North Adams there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in North Adams and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$147,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$710
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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North Adams 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
    692.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    23.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    54.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    871.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,255.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    147.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    16%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in North Adams

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$38,774
National
$55,322
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North Adams Reviews

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I have been back and forth visiting a 2nd home for nearly that last 8+ years--in the last 3 we saw such positive changes engaging current and long time residents along with new people, activities and programming. Sure Mass MoCa gets much credit and rightly so, but so does MCLA, the people of the community and those innovative and positive people shepherding in the newest chapter. My kids have enjoyed coming along and now take their friends to visit, hike, eat and listen to music and share art...thank you NA!
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The area around the college is relatively safe. In the downtown and edges of town, crime is more prevalent. The campus is patrolled constantly by the school's own Department of Public Safety. Officers are armed (Special State Police Officers) and sometimes assist/are assisted by the North Adams Police Department.
North Adams has been a wonderful community to spend my time as a college student in. From the amazing resources at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, to the local art scene brought out by MASS MoCA, to the number of delicious local restaurants - this town has a strong spirit and amazing sense of community!