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Northampton Community Info
NORTHAMPTON, MA Hampshire County:
Profile:

Northampton is a lively, diverse community located in the heart of the Five College Area of the Pioneer Valley. Home to Smith College, Northampton also serves as the county seat of Hampshire County. It is located at the intersection of a major east-west highway which links Amherst and the University of Massachusetts with the hilltowns to the west, and the north-south corridor of Route 91. Calvin Coolidge once served as mayor, while the city's first woman mayor, the Honorable Mary Ford, was elected in 1991 and serves today.

Residents see Northampton as both traditional and innovative. Several village centers provide focal points for outlying residential areas while the downtown is alive days and evenings with a wide selection of restaurants, coffee and ice-cream shops, theaters including the only municipally owned theater in the state, clubs featuring an array of music, street musicians and a Center for the Arts. All of this provides a perfect atmosphere for strolling, area. The city also offers strong municipal programs in education, recreation, public safety and public works. It is known for its energy conservation program and its initiative to improve handicap access to downtown establishments.

The community has a strong and diverse economic base consisting of a resilient retail and commercial sector, a manufacturing sector which shows a mixture of traditional operations (wire protrusion, plastic molding) and innovative ones (production of heat sensing devices) and a large institutional base which includes county services, three hospitals and Smith College. The vibrant small city atmosphere of the community is enhanced by rich natural resources, which include the Connecticut River, agricultural and conservation lands and the Acadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Residents believe Northampton has a rich history and are confident that its future which will be built on its diverse population base, solid economic base and abundant resources.

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Source: http://www.mass.gov

Incorporated: 1653
Town Links:

Official City of Northampton Web Site
Mass.gov Northampton Profile Page
Noho.com
Northampton Chamber of Commerce

Statistics:
Community Type: Urbanized Center
School Structure: K to 12
Form of Government: Mayor
Council
2000 Population: 28,978
2001 Labor Force: 15,901
1989 Per Capita Income: 14,623
Population Per Square Mile: 837
2001 Unemployment Rate: 2.1
2000 EQV Per Capita: 58,174
Moody's Bond Rating
(As of 1/1/02):
A1
Education:

PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
Bridge Street School - Northampton
Jackson Street School - Northampton
John F Kennedy Middle School - Florence
Leeds Elementary School - Leeds
Northampton High - Northampton
Robert K. Finn Ryan Road Elementary School - Florence
Smith Voc and Agr High - Northampton - Phone: (413) 587-1414

PRIVATE SCHOOLS:
Northampton Developmental - Northampton - Phone: (413) 586-3300
Smith College Campus - Northampton
Valley Christian - Northampton - Phone: (413) 586-4446

COLLABORATIVE
Hampshire Educational Collaborative - Northampton

APPROVED SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOL
Clarke Sch for the Deaf - Northampton - Phone: (413) 584-3450
New Directions - Northampton - Phone: (413) 584-1310

COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES:
Amherst College - Amherst
Hampshire College - South Amherst
Mt. Holyoke College - South Hadley
Smith College - Northampton
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Libraries: Forbes Library
Lilly Library
Shopping: Shopping in the downtown area
Farmer's Market on Gothic St., Sat. mornings during growing season.
Big Y , Super Stop & Shop, Whole Foods, & Trader Joes supermarkets a short drive away in Hadley
Hampshire Mall & Mountain Farms Mall within 15 minute drive (Hadley)
Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, within 30 minute drive (Holyoke)
Recreational Facilities:

Elwell's Island
Fitzgerald Lake
Look Park
Norwottuck Rail Trail/Bike Path
Northampton Country Club
Pine Grove Golf Club
Pynchon Meadow
Smith College
State Hospital Agricultural Land

Arts & Culture: Academy of Music Theatre
Calvin Theatre
Iron Horse Music Hall
Paradise City Arts Festivals (Spring & Fall)
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
Local Utilities: Cable Televsion: Comcast, Charter
Electric: Western Mass Electric Co
Natural Gas: Berkshire Gas Company
Telephone: Verizon
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