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South Amherst, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The South Amherst Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Hampshire County at latitude 42.3374 and longitude -72.5175. Hampshire County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 230 feet.

The formal official name is the South Amherst Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as South Amherst, Massachusetts.

The U5 Census Class Code for South Amherst indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

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.

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South Amherst, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 5,227
Population in Households 3,987
Population in Familes 2,561
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,240
Population Density1 1,238
Diversity Index2 62


Total Households 1,567
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 856
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,653 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 748 (45.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 819 (49.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 86 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $276,816
Average Home Value $313,302


Median Household Income $55,856
Average Household Income $79,330
Per Capita Income $27,046
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.08% 0.47%
Households 1.19% 0.69%
Families 0.96% 0.62%
Median Household Income   4.7%
Per Capita Income   3.59%
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.

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, 2014 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 # 165 33rd
Per Capita Income # 194 21st

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