Amherst, MA


Highest Appreciating Amherst Neighborhoods Since 2000

Amherst, MA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Amherst Housing Market Information

With 39,833 people, 8,938 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $385,682, real estate costs in Amherst are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive Massachusetts communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Amherst, accounting for 41.96% of the town's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Amherst include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 34.27%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 17.80%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 5.97%).

Amherst is dominated by renter-occupied one, two, or no bedrooms apartments. 74.33% of Amherst's dwellings are rentals.

There is a lot of housing in Amherst built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Amherst built between 1940-1969 ( 24.95%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from before 1939 ( 22.63%). There's also some housing in Amherst built between 2000 and later ( 5.83%).

Amherst Home Appreciation Rates

Real estate appreciation rates in Amherst's have tracked to near the national average over the last then years, with the annual appreciation rate averaging -0.28% during the period.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Amherst's appreciation rate, at 3.35%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Amherst's appreciation rate has been 1.15%, which annualizes to a rate of 4.66%.

Relative to Massachusetts, our data show that Amherst's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 70% of the other cities and towns in Massachusetts.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the town. Individual neighborhoods within Amherst differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Amherst - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Amherst real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,075,000 0.0
$806,001 - $1,075,000 2.9
$537,001 - $806,000 13.2
$430,001 - $537,000 17.5
$322,001 - $430,000 31.4
$215,001 - $322,000 27.1
$108,001 - $215,000 5.6
$54,001 - $108,000 0.7
$0 - $54,000 1.7

Average for MA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
10.1312551271534 46.1538461538462

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Amherst Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
58.53% 2.71% 7 7
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,503 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 25.67
Renters 74.33
Vacant 8.87

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 5.8
1970 - 1999 46.6
1940 - 1969 24.9
1939 or Older 22.6

Types of Homes

Single-Family 42.0
Townhomes 6.0
Small Apt. Buildings 17.8
Apt. Complexes 34.3
Mobile Homes 0.0
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.77
1 Bedroom 15.07
2 Bedrooms 30.48
3 Bedrooms 25.33
4 Bedrooms 21.26
5 or more bedrooms 5.10