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Amherst Community Info
AMHERST, MA Hampshire County:
Profile:

The Town of Amherst, located in the lovely Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, is a diverse, inclusive community offering numerous educational and cultural opportunities. Host to Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Town enjoys a tradition of open professional government, a high level of government services, quality education, support for open space and agriculture and respect for its history.

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Source: www.mass.gov

Incorporated: 1775
Town Links: Official Town of Amherst Web Site
Mass.gov Amherst Profile Page
Amherst Chamber of Commerce
Statistics:
Community Type: Growth Community
School Structure: Local Elementary
Form of Government: Selectmen
Town Manager
Representive Town Meeting
2000 Population: 34,874
2001 Labor Force: 18,690
1989 Per Capita Income: 11,144
Population Per Square Mile: 1,259
2001 Unemployment Rate: 1.5
2000 EQV Per Capita: 33,736
Moody's Bond Rating
(As of 1/1/02):
Aa3
Education:

PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
Four elementary schools in the area
Amherst Regional Middle School
Amherst Regional High School

PRIVATE SCHOOLS:
Amherst Common School
Amherst Montessori

COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES:
Amherst College
Hampshire College
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Libraries: Jones Library
Monson Free Library
North Amherst Library
Shopping: Shopping in the downtown area
Farmer's Market at town common, Sat. mornings during growing season.
Big Y & Super Stop & Shop supermarkets at the Amherst/Hadley line
Hampshire Mall & Mountain Farms Mall within 10minute drive (Hadley)
Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, within 30 minute drive (Holyoke)
Recreational Facilities: Amherst Golf Club
Cherry Hill Golf Course
Groff Park contact Amherst Leisure Services & Supplemental Education for info.
Norwottuck Rail Trail/Bike Path
Hickory Ridge Golf Course
Holyoke Range State Park
Holyoke Range Conservation Area
Connecticut River Greenway/Lawrence Swamp
Mill River Watershed
Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation
Area Hospitals: Baystate Medical Center Springfield, MA (413) 794-0000
Franklin Medical Center Greenfield, MA (413) 773-0211
Mary Lane Hospital Ware, MA (413) 967-6211
Cooley Dickinson Hospital Northampton, MA (413) 582-2000
Mercy Medical Center Springfield, MA (413) 748-9000
Noble Hospital Westfield, MA (413) 568-2811
Western Mass Hospital Westfield, MA (413) 562-4131
Child Care Providers: Child Care Focus (800) 962-5511 or (413) 582-4218
Download a child care provider list (Excel format) from the Dept of Early Education & Care site or call Community Services at (413) 256-4074
Local Utilities: Cable Televsion: Comcast, Charter
Electric: Western Mass Electric Co
Natural Gas: Berkshire Gas Company
Telephone: Verizon
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