Tuesday, March 22, 2011

E-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g Amherst

Barnes, Lincoln W., 1879-1966, "West side of North Pleasant St. near Amity St.," in Digital Amherst, Item #767, http://www.digitalamherst.org/items/show/767 (accessed March 22, 2011).

After a slight dip in population from 35,229 in 1990 down to 34,874 in 2000--the first decline since 1780--Amherst came back with a bang in the recently released 2010 census with a healthy population gain of 8.44%, bringing us to a historic high of 37,819.

That population resides in an estimated 9,513 housing units with 45.8% of those (4,073) owner-occupied, well under the national average of 66.9% and 54.2% (4,829) renter-occupied, well above the national average of 33.1%.

No wonder our neighborhoods need stabilization.

The ebb and flow of Amherst's population (especially the rental market) is of course closely tied to students, meaning mainly UMass--which also saw a slight decline in student population from 24,474 in 1990 down to 23,570 in 2000. But now at a historic high of 27,269 with plans for growth in the thousands over the next few years.

And they will have to live somewhere.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not according to Ed. UMass will soon be a vast wasteland as eastern residents refuse to send their kids there due to Lincoln Ave.'s possible closure.

Anonymous said...

I have been greratly enoying this blog as a sleep aid. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

Anonymous said...

Does the 37,000 population include the students? or is that strictly "permenant" residents, and the 26,000 students added to that 37,000 for 9 months? I live out of town, just curious?

LarryK4 said...

That includes the students.

In the summer most experts peg the population at about 20,000 but that figure is also from ten years ago, so it's probably more like 23,000 to 25,000 these days.