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Overview

Introduction to Northampton, Massachusetts

Northampton is situated along the Connecticut River in the Pioneer Valley. Northampton is located in Western Massachusetts in Hampshire County. Northampton is a popular place for tourists. Northampton is well known as a city which features the arts. The Paradise City Arts Festival occurs on a biannual basis and is one of the prominent art fairs in the country.

History

The area known as Northampton was the home to Indian tribes including the Pocomtuc, Machican and the Nonotuck. Land was bought from the Indians in 1653 and that land is now the location of the majority of Northampton. The city was established in 1654. The Hampshire and Hampden Canal was built in 1835 and made a connection to the ocean for the city of Northampton. However, due to the canal venture not being successful, a railroad was constructed along the route of the canal. In 1883 Northampton was incorporated as a city and became a center for business activities, the arts and education. Immigrants who in the early days of the city made Northampton their home include Irish, French-Canadian, and Polish.

Transportation

The nearest airport for Northampton is the Westover Metropolitan Airport. For major air service the area is served by the Bradley International Airport located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Attractions

Northampton is home to numerous attractions including:

  • Hampshire County Courthouse
  • The Connecticut River
  • First Church
  • Smith College
  • Look Park is comprised of over 150 acres
  • Iron Horse Music Hall
  • The Botanic Garden of Smith College showcases a variety of plants and is home to a group of noteworthy plant conservatories
  • The Northtuck Rail Trail
  • The Three County Fair is one of the longest continuously running agricultural fairs in the nation.
  • Calvin Theater
  • The Northampton Independent Film Festival is one of the biggest in New England
  • The Academy of Music

Higher Education

The Northampton area is home to the following colleges:

  • Smith college
  • Amherst College
  • Hampshire College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst

Demographics

People

Total Population28,534
Male Share of the Population44.2%
Female Share of the Population55.8%
Senior Citizens15.8%
Employed Population 16+14,848
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married36.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher57.6%
Median Earnings25+$43,539
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,439

Wealth

Median Family Income$89,498
% Above Poverty Level84.2%
% Below Poverty Level15.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home9.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work16.7%
% Using Public Transportation2.4%

Housing

People Living Alone37.5%
Median Gross Rent$984
Median House Value$313,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.8%
Irish18.3%
English14.2%
German10.7%
Polish9.5%
Italian9.4%
French Except Basque8.1%
Russian4.2%
Canadian4.1%
Scottish3.4%
Swedish1.4%
Dutch1.1%
Portuguese1%
Arab1%
Greek1%
Lithuanian0.8%
Welsh0.7%
African0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Ukrainian0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Lebanese0.5%
Jamaican0.4%
Romanian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Brazilian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Egyptian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
US/American0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Moroccan0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
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Northampton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hampshire County
Standard Zip Codes1060, 1062
P.O. Box Zip Codes1061
Company Zip Codes1063
Phone Area Codes413
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.32
Approximate Longitude-72.63

Northampton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationAMHERST
Distance6.9 miles
Jan Temp11 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches
StationCHESTER 2
Distance17.6 miles
Jan Temp7 to 31 F
Apr Temp33 to 60 F
Jul Temp57 to 86 F
Oct Temp34 to 64 F
Annual Precip61.6 inches
StationCUMMINGTON HILL
Distance17.8 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp33 to 52 F
Jul Temp58 to 78 F
Oct Temp37 to 57 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Amherst39,724$92,319
Hadley5,338$93,039
Hatfield1,487$74,643
South Hadley17,753$78,077
Williamsburg2,448$87,679

Northampton Public Libraries

Forbes Library
20 WEST ST.
Northampton, Massachusetts
(413) 587-1011

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Northampton Hospitals

Va Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System
(Government - Federal)
421 N Main St
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
(Non-profit)
30 Locust Street

Northampton Public Schools

Bridge Street
2 Parsons Street
ZIP: 1060
(413) 587-1460
Primary
Total Enrollment 307
Smith Vocational And Agricultural High
80 Locust Street
ZIP: 1060
(413) 587-1414
High
Total Enrollment 430
Northampton High
380 Elm Street
ZIP: 1060
(413) 587-1346
High
Total Enrollment 906
Jackson Street
120 Jackson Street
ZIP: 1060
(413) 587-1510
Primary
Total Enrollment 316

Northampton Private Schools

New Directions School At Nccf
78 Pomeroy Ter
ZIP: 1060
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
Lander Grinspoon Academy - Solomon Schechter
257 Prospect St
ZIP: 1060
Elementary
Total Enrollment 91
Clarke School For The Deaf
47 Round Hill Rd
ZIP: 1060
Elementary
Total Enrollment 40
The Montessori School Of Northampton
51 Bates St
ZIP: 1060
Elementary
Total Enrollment 52
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Historic Northampton

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Main Street and Court House c1907.

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Main Street and Court House c1907.

Court House 1904 (est.)

On the path to paradise (the campus, Smith College) c1904.

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