Schools and Community
UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar Andrea Nahmod
With approximately 38,000 residents, Amherst is the largest community in Hampshire County. The epitome of the town and country experience, Amherst has a pleasant downtown supplemented by four village centers and dozens of cultural attractions, including eight museums, an independent art house cinema, and venues for performing arts and music. The town has permanently conserved nearly a third of its land and is home to fifty working farms. It is an ethnically diverse community with strong schools, an excellent bus system, and near major cities.
About the Pioneer Valley
The Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, which includes Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties, is a diverse patchwork of urban centers, unspoiled forest, farmland, and great natural beauty. With its college towns of Amherst, Northampton, and South Hadley; emerging arts communities of Greenfield and Easthampton; resurgent cities of Holyoke and Springfield, the Valley is a region of great potential in which UMass Amherst plays a vital role as a leader in what is also known as the Knowledge Corridor.
- Off-Campus Housing Service
Resource with apartment, condo, and home rentals in Amherst and nearby towns.
- Local Realtors
Five College Realtors, Jones Group Realtors, Kamins Real Estate, Lincoln Real Estate, Maple and Main Realty
- Five College Credit Union
Non-profit financial cooperative offering full banking, mortgage, and investment services.
- Amherst Downtown Business Improvement District (BID)
- Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
- Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce
- UMass Center for Early Education and Care