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Northampton is a city in Hampshire County, in the Springfield metro area.

It is the county seat.

The latitude of Northampton is 42.325N. The longitude is -72.641W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 249 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 29,287.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$41,808
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Northampton demographic reports
Northampton is on the Connecticut River.
Silk making was an important industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 68. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.3 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1971 movie, "Carnal Knowledge"
· 1966 movie, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
· 1999 movie, "In Dreams"
Well-known residents have included:
· President Calvin Coolidge, who served as mayor of the city
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Three County Fair - Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2007
  • Paradise City Arts Festival - May 26-28, 2007
  • Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival - July 21, 2007
Dates often change. Check Northampton web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Acadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Connecticut River Greenway State Park, Norwottuck Rail Trail
Historic sites and museums: Historic Northampton
Colleges and universities: Smith College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
The town and childhood were inextricably connected for him, and in spite of all the newcomers and the alterations on Main Street, a great deal of Northampton still felt the same.
-- Home Town
Tracy Kidder

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Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Northampton demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Hampshire County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Springfield area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 01053 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

8% of Northampton residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Northampton ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Northampton was $24,022, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

46% of Northampton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Fairs, festivals & other events
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History

Historic districts in Northampton include Northampton Downtown Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Northampton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $578.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,171.


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Libraries in Northampton include Forbes Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Northampton include Daily Hampshire Gazette

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Traffic

The average commute time for Northampton workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 6 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Northampton between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Northampton include Autumn Inn, Best Western Valley Inn & Suites, Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Hotel Northampton.

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“ The town and childhood were inextricably connected for him, and in spite of all the newcomers and the alterations on Main Street, a great deal of Northampton still felt the same. ”
~ Home Town
Tracy Kidder

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