North Amherst is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Amherst in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 6,019 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.
There are several large apartment complexes in North Amherst, housing mostly students of the University of Massachusetts Amherst along with low-income families (a plurality of whom are graduate students). Apart from these housing developments, North Amherst also sports many beautiful old houses, and North Amherst Center Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Village is said to be an excellently-preserved example of a 19th-century farm community.
North Amherst is also home to a large majority of Amherst middle income families as the main street (East Pleasant Street) has many housing developments built off of it. This includes "Grantwood" which is the largest neighborhood/development in Amherst.
North Amherst is also home to two cohousing communities: Pioneer Valley and Pine Street Cohousing.
Cushman Village is located within the area of North Amherst. This small section of the area is unique as the roads turn back into each other unlike the square roads off East Pleasant Street. Cushman Village has many historical homes and is also located near the Cushman Common and the Cushman Store.