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  7. Jobs
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Sunderland is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 3,662. Sunderland is in Franklin County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Sunderland offers residents a rural feel and most residents rent their homes. Many young professionals live in Sunderland and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Sunderland are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$282,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,293
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Sunderland 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
    55.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    55.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    55.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    275.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    413.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    55.1
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    21%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Sunderland

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$54,886
National
$55,322
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Sunderland Reviews

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Sunderland has a lot of great scenic areas such as mountains and hiking trails, but there is not much to do. There are other towns close by that do offer a lot of entertainment, such as Amherst, Hadley and Deerfield. The rent prices are very high considering how small the apartments are. The town is mostly college students and older folks.
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The area where I live is rural, however there is a wide variety of business that is close by and easily accessible. There are many different types of restaurants, retail stores and service providers. There is also a mix of popular chain or big box establishments and small mom-and-pop stores, eateries and services. Some of the chain stores and restaurants near my home town are Target, JC Penney, Lowe's, The Home Depot, McDonalds, Starbucks and Wendy's. Western Massachusetts is a great place for entrepreneurs to start small businesses. The towns close to my home have an eclectic feel, where many small business thrive amidst the larger retailers. Some of my favorites sell organic, hand churned frozen yogurt, tapestries, jewelry, burritos and shoes. I usually try the locally owned shops for my needs, however, I know I can also stop at Target, Whole Foods or CVS when the need arises. There's something for everyone in the rural areas of Western Massachusetts.

In addition to restaurants and retail stores there are also many places to go for auto repair, medical care and fitness classes. As in the above paragraph, there is a variety of well known national chains as well as small mom-and-pop service providers. Well-known gyms in my area include LA Fitness, Gold's Gym, and Planet Fitness. That being said, there are also countless exercise classes available through local town park and recreation departments, as well as small business owners. The offerings are varied and include yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Barre, and Circuit.

I am a high school student, who feels that I have everything I need within a 20 minute drive from home. As you can see, the area where I live, go to school and spend my free time has a mix of both large and small businesses, restaurants, groceries, retailers and gyms. Yet I have all the wonders of country living in my own back yard, where deer, bobcats and coyotes are often seen and heard. I have the best of both worlds!
I love this entire area, and feel very lucky to be able to live here. We have a gorgeous rural countryside with rolling hills and farmland and a small-town community atmosphere but are still within a short drive to city amenities. We also have nearby small towns with great shops and restaurants. During the summer we have abundant fruits and vegetables from the surrounding farmland. The people are diverse, and there is a vibrant art and culture scene as well as a thriving academic community consisting of the five colleges of University of Massachusetts, Smith College, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire College and Amherst College.