South Amherst, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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South Amherst, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The South Amherst Census Designated Place had a population of 5,238 as of July 1, 2015. South Amherst ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for South Amherst is located at latitude 42.3374 and longitude -72.5175 in Hampshire County. The formal boundaries for the South Amherst Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Hampshire County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 230 feet.

The South Amherst Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2378226) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with South Amherst population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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South Amherst, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 5,238
Population in Households 4,008
Population in Familes 2,570
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,230
Population Density1 1,240
Diversity Index2 63


Total Households 1,578
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 856
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,608 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 750 (46.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 828 (51.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 30 ( 1.9%)
Median Home Value $284,463
Average Home Value $333,333


Median Household Income $51,804
Average Household Income $75,387
Per Capita Income $25,920
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.91% 0.47%
Households 1.1% 0.71%
Families 0.77% 0.6%
Median Household Income   4.24%
Per Capita Income   2.38%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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South Amherst, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Amherst to the other 244 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 115 53rd
Population Density1 # 132 46th
Diversity Index2 # 19 93rd
Median Household Income # 191 22nd
Per Capita Income # 202 18th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Massachusetts Census Data Comparison Tool.