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South Amherst, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The South Amherst Census Designated Place (historical) had a population of 5,339 as of July 1, 2020. 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 42.3404 and longitude -72.5051 in Hampshire County. The formal boundaries for the South Amherst Census Designated Place (historical) 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 226 feet.

The South Amherst Census Designated Place (historical) (GNIS ID: 2378226) has a X0 Census Class Code which indicates deleted feature that was a non-governmental entity. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The South Amherst Census Designated Place (historical) is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Hampshire County.


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South Amherst, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 5,339 (100%)
Population in Households 4,096 (76.7%)
Population in Families 2,624 (49.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,243 (23.3%)
Population Density 1,263
Diversity Index2 67
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $65,448
Average Household Income $86,022
% of Income for Mortgage4 21%
Per Capita Income $27,119
Wealth Index5 98
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 1,660 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 714 (43.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 867 (52.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 79 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $335,973
Average Home Value $402,063
Housing Affordability Index3 102
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 1,581
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 860
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.65% 0.36%
Households 0.58% 0.4%
Families 0.44% 0.37%
Median Household Income   1.26%
Per Capita Income   1.75%
Owner Occupied HU   0.58%

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South Amherst, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Amherst to the other 245 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 117 52nd
Population Density # 135 45th
Median Household Income # 173 30th
Housing Affordability Index # 103 42nd
Per Capita Income # 224 9th
Diversity Index # 22 91st

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