Belchertown

29 reviews
  1. Town in Massachusetts
NG
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    NG
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Real Estate
    NG
  4. Nightlife
    NG
  5. Good for Families
    NG
  6. Diversity
    NG
  7. Jobs
    NG
  8. Weather
    NG
  9. Cost of Living
    NG
  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    NG
  12. Commute
    NG

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$255,800
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$876
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    21%
  • Own
    79%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    108
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    14
    37
  • Robbery
    20
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    230
    575
  • Theft
    806
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    27
    257

Residents

Diversity
NG
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$74,221
National
$53,046
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    14%

    Reviews

    29 reviews
    • Excellent
      3
    • Very Good
      17
    • Average
      7
    • Poor
      2
    • Terrible
      0
    People generally support causes within the town. However, recently, the School Committee has been diminishing in usefulness, as unqualified people were elected to the committee and have made some ignorant decisions. Raising taxes so that our town's strong music and athletics programs may remain strong should be top priority.
    • Niche User
    • 8 months ago
    I think that the people who live in this town are sufficiently in the middle class because it costs a lot of money to live in this town. A lot of the time it is too expensive for families to stay here, but you hardly ever see people moving so they must figure it out. There aren't very many vacant residences, and if there are they are usually filled withing a reasonable amount of time. There are no, if very few, abandoned lots around town. I think the worst place to live in town is around the center of town just because it's so congested with people all the time.
    • Niche User
    • Jan 6 2016
    Belchertown was a great place to grow up. It's a fairly small community but also very close-knit. Everybody knows what's going on in the town, for better or worse. It isn't exactly a suburb or a rural farm community, it's definitely somewhere in the middle. The crime is very low, the schools are good but not a lot goes on past 8:00 pm.
    • Niche User
    • 9 months ago