This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Amherst has a very low population density. Amherst is perfect for those who like a quiet city.
Amherst, MA is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 10/10 and an overall value of 8/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Amherst has a population density of 1,231, with 34,110 current residents.
Out of the 34,110 current residents, 48% are male and 52% are female. 29% of the residents are married and 71% are single.
- 52% Sun
- 43% Rain
- 44% Snow
49°F average temperature
- 36 years Median home age
- $286,900 Median home price
- -0.76% Home appreciation rate
- 14.78% Annual property tax
As for living in Amherst, the air quality is 10% and the weather, on average, is 52% sunny, 43% rainy, and 44% snowy. The average temperature is 49°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Amherst, you should know that 44.4% of homes are owned while 52.9% of homes are rented, and 2.8% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $286,900, the median age of homes is 36 years, the annual home appreciation is -0.76% and the annual property tax is 14.78%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)4
When looking at the community of Amherst, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Amherst’s crime rate is 4 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Amherst is 24 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 87.37% Democratic, 10.22% Republican, and 2.40% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:11
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
95%High school diploma
6%Some college or associates degree
41%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Amherst, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 4.10% of residents are unemployed in Amherst (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Amherst residents: 10.7% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 40.35% are in the arts and sciences field, 16.3% are in the customer service field, 24.6% are in the sales field, 0.47% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 2.1% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 5.4% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:11. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 94.88%, 5.79% of residents have an associate’s degree, 26.89% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 41.18% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Amherst, you should be aware that the average commute time is 20 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Amherst have a few different options. 53% of commuters use their own cars, 7% of commuters carpool, 7% of commuters use the transit system, and 5% of residents work from home.