(7/16/07) Money Magazine announced its list of 100 Best Places to Live for 2007. Amherst didn’t make that list, but it did make two subsidiary lists, ranking third on the list of “where the singles are,” and ranking sixth on the list of “youngest” populations.
Inexplicably, all mentions of Amherst call it “Amherst Center,” which Money defines as “a village of Amherst.” The magazine references UMass, presumably for contributing so many singles to the community, but doesn’t actually include the school’s enrollment in Amherst’s population figures. Instead it says that the town has a population of 17,600 and that 73.7% are single. That same fuzzy math appears to be used for all the college towns on the list.
According to the magazine, Middleton, WI is the best of the “Best Places to Live.” Massachusetts had five communities on the list – Milton at #7, Chelmsford at #21, Easton at #48, Westborough at #73 and Wilbraham at #94.