North Amherst, Massachusetts

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North Amherst is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Amherst in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 6,019 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

There are several large apartment complexes in North Amherst, housing mostly students of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst along with low-income families (Graduate Students). Apart from these housing developments, North Amherst also sports many beautiful old houses, and North Amherst Center Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Village is said[who?] to be an excellently-preserved example of a 19th-century farm community.

North Amherst is also home to a large majority of Amherst middle income families as the main street (East Pleasant Street) has many housing developments built off of it. This includes "Grantwood" which is the largest neighborhood/development in Amherst.[citation needed]

Cushman Village also resides in North Amherst. This small section of the area is unique as the roads turn back into each other unlike the square roads off East Pleasant Street. Cushman Village has many historical homes and is also located near the Cushman Common and the Cushman Store.



North Amherst is located at 42°24′22″N 72°31′16″W / 42.40611°N 72.52111°W / 42.40611; -72.52111 (42.406192, -72.521217)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.5 km² (2.1 mi²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,019 people, 1,915 households, and 813 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,101.4/km² (2,856.1/mi²). There were 1,947 housing units at an average density of 356.3/km² (923.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 75.76% White, 4.44% African American, 0.25% Native American, 13.09% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 3.11% from other races, and 3.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.43% of the population.

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