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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  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 Amherst is a suburb of Springfield with a population of 6,891. North Amherst is in Hampshire County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in North Amherst offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. Many young professionals live in North Amherst and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in North Amherst are highly rated.
About North Amherst...
Population
6,891

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$402,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,253
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    70%
  • Own
    30%
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North Amherst Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    4%
  • 10-17 years
    4%
  • 18-24 years
    58%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    6%
  • 45-54 years
    4%
  • 55-64 years
    6%
  • 65+ years
    6%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    49%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in North Amherst

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$38,365
National
$55,322
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North Amherst Reviews

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My family and I have lived here for 3.5 years, I am a college student. Compared to other places, North Amherst is in the top three places I have ever lived. The community standard for safety is bar none. The bus system is fantastic. The experience for my child in the local school has been great. There is a great, very inexpensive grocery store you must try if ever here, the name is Aldi. Year round, the town has community events; for example, this past weekend we went to a Winter Farmers Market. Excellent.
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Amherst can be seen as pretentious but that doesn't take away from the amazing community of acceptance that has built around marginalized groups (although that being said, racial diversity still needs to be worked on).
I have not run int issues with crime and safety. At times the UMASS students can be rowdy, but they are usually cleaned up pretty quickly.