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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
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
South Amherst is a suburb of Springfield with a population of 5,527. South Amherst is in Hampshire County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in South Amherst offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. Many young professionals live in South Amherst and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in South Amherst are highly rated.
About South Amherst...
Population
5,527

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$317,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,328
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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South 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
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    44%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    6%
  • 45-54 years
    7%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    30%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in South Amherst

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,293
National
$55,322
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South Amherst Reviews

2 reviews
Amherst a vibrant college town with UMass and Amherst College. It is very busy during the semesters and quiets down during the holidays and summer. There are many apartment building to select from, however most are occupied by students.There are many restaurants and shops located in the town and its convenient location makes it easy to drive to Boston, New York, and Connecticut.
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I enjoying living in the south Amherst part of Amherst. It is rural but close to many urban amenities. With three colleges in town, there are a lot of restaurants, live music, shops, museums, cultural activities, farms, and open space. Expensive housing combined with a very high tax rate, makes it challenging to live in town on a limited income. Residents are vocal and active in town affairs, which is why many say, "Amherst, where only the h is silent."