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Northampton is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 28,534. Northampton is in Hampshire County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Northampton offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Northampton there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Northampton and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Northampton are highly rated.

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%
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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
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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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It's a small sanctuary city, generally progressive, named the 5 College Area including to Smith College, UMass Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire College. A quaint and diverse city, it has an interesting mix of restaurants, unique shops and entertainment venues. The center of Northampton is contrasted by rolling hills of Mount Tom and surrounding farmlands, many organic. Northampton provides farmers markets and farm shares to the community.
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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.
The adversity and the wide variety of activities. And the school system. This town has the five colleges in the area so there are many different students from all over the world. It makes this area very diverse. However, It is not as liberal as one would think. There are many closed minded individuals that create issues that are not there. We have a huge problem with vagrancy as well.