South Amherst, Massachusetts

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South Amherst is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Amherst in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 5,039 at the 2000 census. There are two centers of development in South Amherst: Amherst Woods (a community of expensive single-family mostly owner-occupied homes) and the Mill Valley apartment complexes (The Brook, The Boulders, Mill Valley, Southpoint; mostly rental apartments). These two communities have, respectively, the most and least expensive housing in Amherst[citation needed]. Also of significant population density is the Elf Hill area (also mostly owner-occupied single-family homes).

South Amherst is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.



South Amherst is located at 42°20′23″N 72°31′21″W / 42.33972°N 72.5225°W / 42.33972; -72.5225 (42.339586, -72.522426)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.0 km² (4.2 mi²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,039 people, 1,500 households, and 870 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 458.9/km² (1,187.2/mi²). There were 1,530 housing units at an average density of 139.3/km² (360.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 71.66% White, 7.01% African American, 0.22% Native American, 10.82% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 5.40% from other races, and 4.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino were 9.82% of the population.

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