Amherst, Massachusetts is located in the fertile and scenic Connecticut River Valley, and enjoys views of hills and mountains in all directions. Although originally a farming community, Amherst's main industry is now education, since it is the home of the main campus of the University of Massachusetts as well as two private colleges, Amherst College and Hampshire College. The town's commercial, social and cultural life benefit from the liveliness and diversity stimulated by the colleges and the University.
Amherst has long supported excellent public schools, libraries and town services. It has also worked hard both to preserve farming and open space and to provide affordable housing. Amherst is one of the few towns in Massachusetts to have met the state's goal of having 10% of its housing stock affordable.
Amherst is one of the most livable towns in the country, encompassing big-city cultural flair and down-home charm. You'll find everything here from grand Victorians to rambling Colonial Revival farmhouses, modern condominiums and comfortable family homes.
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