Amherst, Massachusetts 

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Population

40,643

+6.6% since 2020

Unemployment Rate

3.8%

Median Income

$52,537

Median Home Price

$406,400

Median Age

21.4

Comfort Index (Climate)

9.2 / 4.6

summer / winter


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Mid-sized city - Southwest Massachusetts, on the Connecticut River, 6 miles north of the Connecticut border. August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Amherst, while January and February are the least comfortable months.
State: Massachusetts
County: Hampshire County
Metro Area: Springfield Metro Area
City: Amherst
Zip Codes: 01002 01003
Cost of Living: 11.6% higher
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 179 ft above sea level

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Amherst, Ma Housing Market
Least Expensive HomesHomes Over 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Most Expensive HomesHomes less than 10 yrs old
All Single Family Homes
Pros
Nearby mountains
Museums
Cost of living
Cons
Economy
Entertainment
Violent crime

What Bert Has To Say About Springfield Metro Area

Springfield, once a major center of industrial innovation, is the state’s third-largest city and a regional health, retail and financial center. Locals are credited with development of the Springfield Rifle, the 1895 Duryea motorcar, and basketball (thanks to Dr. James Naismith, in 1891. Some credit the motorcycle to area inventors and the early Indian Manufacturing Company. At one time that area was a significant manufacturing center, but most has left the area (including most recently a forge that made Craftsman tools).


Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Amherst is 3.8% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Amherst jobs have increased by 3.6%. More Economy

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Amherst's cost of living is 11.6% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Amherst's Cost of Living

WEATHER & CLIMATE
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Amherst, while January and February are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

VOTING
In the last Presidential election, Hampshire county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 72.1% to 25.4%. More Voting Stats

POPULATION
Amherst's population is 40,643 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 6.6%. Learn More...

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 17.1 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Amherst is Real Estate: $406,400. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 5.6%.

SCHOOLS
Amherst public schools spend $20,548 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 10.6 students per teacher in Amherst. More Education



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Housing Market in Amherst

It's a good time to buy in Amherst. Home Appreciation is up 9.3% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Amherst is $406,400.
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Reviews for Amherst   5 Reviews
Quaint town with a lot of quirky traits - 9/18/2020
I lived in Amherst for 3 short years. Moved from Southern California for grad school on this adventure. I hated it so much when I first moved, but after everything... I... Read More

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Expensive and aging - 5/12/2013
Be prepared to find lots of old houses with poor insulation and old technology. They are expensive to buy and more expensive to maintained. The use of heating oil is... Read More

Great Place - 11/20/2012
Amazing place to live, liberal area, alot of things going... Read More


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ZIP CODES IN AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS
01002 01003

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