Amherst, MA Local Area Information

About Area

Located in the fertile and scenic Connecticut River Valley, Amherst enjoys views of hills and mountains in all directions. Although originally a farming community, Amherst's main industry is now education, since it is the home of the main campus of the University of Massachusetts as well as two private colleges, Amherst College and Hampshire College. Consequently, the town's population varies from about 35,000 during the academic year to the mid-20's during the summer.

While the town's commercial, social and cultural life benefit from the liveliness and diversity stimulated by the colleges and the University, the town suffers financially from the fact that over half its land is tax-exempt. Amherst has long supported excellent public schools, libraries and town services; it has also worked hard both to preserve farming and open space and to provide affordable housing. Amherst is one of the few towns in the State to have met the State's goal of having 10% of its housing stock affordable. (Narrative supplied by community)

Location

West central Massachusetts, bordered by Hadley on the west; Sunderland and Leverett on the north; Shutesbury, Pelham, and Belchertown on the east; and Granby and South Hadley on the south. Amherst is 17 miles south of Greenfield, 23 miles north of Springfield, 86 miles west of Boston, and 157 miles from New York City.

Total Area: 27.75 sq. miles

Land Area: 27.68 sq. miles

Population: 35,228

Density: 1,273 per sq. mile

Source: Mass Department of Housing and Community Development

Real Estate Market Stats

Zillow Home Value Index: $316,500

Home Size in Square Feet

Year Built

Local National
Zillow Home Value Index $316,500 $201,900
Median Single Family Home Value $343,600 $200,100
Median Condo Value $177,000 $217,000
Median 2-Bedroom Home Value $186,500 $158,000
Median 3-Bedroom Home Value $289,700 $195,700
Median 4-Bedroom Home Value $387,100 $319,200
Percent Homes Decreasing 23.4% 17.2%
Median List Price Per Sq Ft $191 $128
Median Sale Price 120 2,505,134
Property Tax $5,647 $2,147
Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.) 0.3% 2.9%
1-Yr. Change 3.7% 6.9%

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