Amherst Center

Population: 20,037Median home value: $339,400 63 Ranks better than 28% of areas
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A+ Amherst Center Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Amherst Center Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Massachusetts
Amherst Center
12222% more expensive than the US average
Massachusetts
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Amherst Center cost of living
D- Amherst Center Crime Total crime is 43% higher than Massachusetts
Total crime
2,5597% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 407% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-10%Year over year crime is down
Amherst Center crime
F Amherst Center Employment Household income is 55% lower than Massachusetts
Median household income
$32,12142% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$11,00263% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%34% higher than the US average
Amherst Center employment
F Amherst Center Housing Home value is equal to Massachusetts
Median home value
$339,40084% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,11718% higher than the US average
Home ownership
37%42% lower than the US average
Amherst Center real estate or Amherst Center rentals
A+ Amherst Center Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
94%13% higher than the US average
School test scores
77%57% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Amherst Center K-12 schools or Amherst Center colleges

Living in Amherst Center, MA

Located in the state of Massachusetts, Amherst Center is a mid-sized city with a population of 20,037 people. In Amherst Center, there are 4,056 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. At 78%, the majority of the Amherst Center population is White; this is followed by 12% Asian and 6% Black. Amherst Center tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 20 is far below the national average. 74% of the people in Amherst Center (over the age of 15) are married and 63% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Amherst Center is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in Massachusetts, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Amherst Center and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, weather, employment, housing and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 62/100, Amherst Center is ranked #20,952 in the United States and #219 in Massachusetts. Based on the grades for each individual category, Amherst Center has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and education (A+). Amherst Center does not rank well for the following: crime (F), cost of living (F), weather (D-), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Amherst Center on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Amherst Center have a test score average of 77%, which is well above the US average.

Amherst Center real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Amherst Center. Median real estate prices in Amherst Center come in at $339,400, which is 0.5% lower than the Massachusetts average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Amherst Center, the home price to income ratio is 10.6, which is 120.8% higher than the Massachusetts average.

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Compare Amherst Center, MA Livability To Other Cities

Best Cities Near Amherst Center, MA

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Weatogue, CT7939.83,179
Simsbury Center, CT7839.45,968
Salmon Brook, CT7732.22,568
Longmeadow, MA7622.815,837
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Sturbridge, MA7630.52,506
West Simsbury, CT7538.42,354
Tariffville, CT7534.81,315
Rutland, MA7528.62,449

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Situated in the heart of the Five College area, Amherst Center is the perfect blend of small town ambiance and big city culture. My children and I enjoyed living in Amherst Center among so much culture and history, in a town small enough that my local coffee shop learned my order and had it ready for me!

During the school year, the area can be busy and crowded. Local bars cater to the college crowds and traffic can get a bit hairy downtown. Fortunately, most everything is within comfortable walking distance so you can walk to wherever you might want to go. Because there is something for everything here, from art to local foods, the best areas in Amherst Center really depend on what you want to do or see.

During the summertime Amherst Center offers a ton of things for residents to do. I particularly enjoy going to the annual “Taste of Amherst,” which is hosted on the common, and going to the weekly Farmers Market.
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Source: The Amherst Center, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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