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    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
North Adams is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 13,326. North Adams is in Berkshire County. Living in North Adams offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In North Adams there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in North Adams and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$149,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$684
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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North Adams Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,290
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    116
    41
  • Robbery
    85
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    888
    500
  • Theft
    2,162
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    31
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$32,804
National
$55,322
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%
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North Adams Reviews

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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.
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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!
North Adams is a small beautiful town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. I moved here roughly 3 years ago, and I find the change to be extremely smooth, and easily acclimating. The one thing that I would change about North Adams is there is not enough variety of events and actives in this town. Yes, it is great for small business, art, and music, but if you are not into that subject, the most you have for fun and family time is bars and restaurants. I believe if the variety of events in this town were to rise, so would the tourism.