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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
    A-
  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
$313,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$984
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%

Northampton 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
    340
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    74
    41
  • Robbery
    46
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    291
    500
  • Theft
    1,774
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    39
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$61,813
National
$55,322
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    33%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    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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A great neighborhood! Very safe and very walkable. It has a lively downtown with good energy. There are many places to eat downtown. It is a college town but the students do not overrun the town.
Having lived in MA my whole life, I finally moved from a super small town in the middle of nowhere to Northampton. Whether you live right downtown or up towards Florence or Hatfield, you can always feel a part of the community. The variety of residents who have lived here forever, come and go for college, or moved here for better opportunities, you'll find your people.