Population: 34,110

Male 48% Female 52%
Married 29%
Single 71%

City rating

This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.


Overall value

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.

1,231 Amherst
27,441 New York

City Info

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.



Air quality

Bad air quality


  • 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
  • 44.4%
    Homes owned
  • 52.9%
    Homes rented
  • 2.8%
    Homes vacant


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%.



Religious diversity

  • Crime rate (per 100,000)

  • Average age

  • Political majority

    Democrat Democrat


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
  • Service Occupations
  • Production, Transportation & Material Moving
  • Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
  • 95%
    High school diploma
  • 6%
    Some college or associates degree
  • 27%
    Bachelors 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

  • Public
  • Car
  • Carpool
  • 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.

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