Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsA-
- Crime & SafetyC+
- Good for FamiliesA
- Cost of LivingC+
- Health & FitnessA+
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
Northampton is a suburb of Springfield with a population of 28,568. Northampton is in Hampshire County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Northampton offers residents a dense 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.
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Northampton offers a welcoming, community atmosphere- there is a thriving arts community, and many of the restaurants and cafes have a focus on local and sustainable foods, as well as numerous dietary lifestyle choice options(GF, V). The town itself is on the smaller side, and though there are a few bars and breweries that will offer live music or karaoke, and are a fun place to spend a night out with friends... if you're looking to go clubbing/dancing you might be disappointed. The smith college campus is right off of the downtown area, so students who attend are only a few steps away from food and shopping downtown. Smith College has an expansive greenhouse you can go tour and puts on a flower show each year that is always a must-see. The only real downside to the town and surrounding areas, is, due to being in the five college area- rent can get quite high, depending on which amenities you need/want to have.
There are many bike trails, restaurants, nightlife, and an overall great area to walk and shop. They have two great venues for play and musical shows. The city contains many shopping and retail stores. There are some great little coffee shops to get away from the hustle and bustle of a city. Northampton has many gyms that allow you to stay fit and healthy as well as a phenomenal bike trail that extends for many miles into other area towns. You can go more then a 1/2 mile and not bump into a Dunkin Donuts, gas station, or Cumberland farms. Overall a great community with many family-friendly spots and nightlife that is booming.
The town is small, clean, and generally a lovely place. Forbes Library is fantastic, and there are often events and festivals in Pulaski park. There are countless cafes and bookstores to try out, it's a charming town and easy to walk in. My only concerns are related to convenience and price. There aren't any larger grocery stores besides Deals and Steals and nothing is open after around 10pm. The restaurants can be quite pricey. But overall a lovely place to stop by, even if living in it is financially difficult.