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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$290,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$975
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%

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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
    315
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    74
    41
  • Robbery
    46
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    305
    525
  • Theft
    1,843
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    74
    263

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$59,274
National
$53,889
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    33%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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Northampton is a small city within a wonderful natural environment of Western Massachusetts woods, hills, mountains, rivers, meadows and farm. It also has a population of progressive minded people, an excellent arts culture (colleges (Smith, Mt. Hoyloke, Amherst, UMass, etc) and fine museums with easy access from Northampton to North Adams to Williamstown to Hartford, CT; great schools, all the services one needs and the most beautiful fruits and vegetable from local farms at the farmstands. It's just 1.5 hours drive to Boston; 2.5 hours drive to Manhattan. But for $100- $120 RT, you can take the train to Manhattan and get your big-city fix in at low cost. Northampton tends to be pricier than surrounding towns, but the surrounding towns have the same benefits. Western Massachusetts is one of the most beautiful, safe, happening places on earth.
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Northampton Massachusetts is a cute town filled with lots of retail, restaurants, clean parks, and safe neighborhoods. It's a great place to grow up with excellent schools, consisting of short commutes with a great bus transportation to the surrounding towns and atttactions. Northampton is a college town with lots of surrounding arts and fun. If you're looking for a place to call home northampton is the place for you.
Northampton is an amazing small arts town. It is full of life, education, and expression. I have lived in Northampton on and off for 20 years. I love it and I will always call it my home. I work at Viva Fresh Pasta, and I intern at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. I am always running from place to place because I am a full time student, intern, and work full time. The good thing about Northampton is that the food is amazing, and there is always something new to try.