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A+ Northampton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Northampton Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% lower than Massachusetts
11818% more expensive than the US average
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Northampton cost of living
F Northampton Crime Total crime is 41% higher than Massachusetts
Total crime
2,5308% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 408% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-5%Year over year crime is down
Northampton crime
C Northampton Employment Household income is 13% lower than Massachusetts
Median household income
$61,81312% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$35,89220% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%5% lower than the US average
Northampton employment
F Northampton Housing Home value is 8% lower than Massachusetts
Median home value
$313,20070% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9844% higher than the US average
Home ownership
56%12% lower than the US average
Northampton real estate or Northampton rentals
A Northampton Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
65%32% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:123% lower than the US average
Northampton K-12 schools or Northampton colleges

Living in Northampton, MA

Northampton, Massachusetts is a medium-sized city with a population of 28,534 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Northampton is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Northampton has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 73% of the population is classified as married and 61% have kids.

Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Northampton could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Massachusetts if you know where to look. Finding the best places to live in Northampton and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, weather, education, employment, housing and other important metrics.

Northampton, MA receives 65 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #192 in Massachusetts and #17,715 in the USA. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Northampton has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and education (A). Unfortunately for Northampton, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F), weather (D-) and housing (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Northampton, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Smith College Botanic Garden, Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park, and Smith College Museum of Art.

Assuming that Northampton meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Northampton. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Northampton are simply unattainable. The median home price for Northampton homes is $313,200, which is 8.2% lower than the Massachusetts average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Northampton, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 5.1, which is 6.3% higher than the Massachusetts average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Northampton area were 8.8% and 5 year appreciation rates were 2.7%.

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Compare Northampton, MA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Northampton, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
East Springfield, Springfield6614.38,156
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Indian Orchard, Springfield5814.89,163

Best Cities Near Northampton, MA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Canton Valley, CT7936.11,500
Weatogue, CT7934.13,179
Simsbury Center, CT7833.65,968
Salmon Brook, CT7726.32,568
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Collinsville, CT7637.23,693
Longmeadow, MA762015,837
Sturbridge, MA7635.52,506
West Simsbury, CT7532.42,354

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A City Within A City

Located in western Massachusetts, Northampton is one of the better examples of diversity in America. Everyone is pretty liberal and open-minded, giving the small niche town with a downtown fit for entertainment. Many of its residents tend to move in and out of the the small city either for college or back into town for more favorable opportunities. I can’t stress how many different sort of people there are, I wouldn’t doubt that anyone looking to move he could find a group of people they get along with on the regular.

The only thing that I would say is that the there isn’t descent pub transportation, even though the buses run day-to-day. Beyond that, there are biking paths that traverse through various neighboring towns, but I wouldn’t recommend them for your commute, if your thinking about moving here.

This city within a city is definitely a great place to raise a family as it will flourish in a community that is all exclusive and welcoming.
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Source: The Northampton, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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