Amherst Real Estate
Neighborhoods/Developments in Amherst, MA
Amherst is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States in the Connecticut River valley. The town is home to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, three of the Five Colleges.
When the first permanent English settlements arrived in 1727, this land and the surrounding area (including present-day South Hadley and Granby) belonged to the town of Hadley. It gained precinct status in 1734 and eventually township in 1759.
According to the US census the town has a total area of 27.8 square miles, of which 27.7 square miles is land and 0.04 square miles (0.14%) is water. The town is bordered by Hadley to the west, Sunderland and Leverett to the north, Shutesbury, Pelham, and Belchertown to the east, and Granby and South Hadley to the south.
As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,819, making it the largest community in Hampshire County and as of the 2008 U.S. Census, there were 35,564 people, 9,174 households, and 4,550 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,283.4 people per square mile. There were 9,427 housing units at an average density of 340.1 per square mile.
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