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I. Population:

Total Population: 40, 079 (as of 2016 census via State Data Center).
Median Age: 21.4 (via Census Bureau)
Population by Generation: (via Towncharts.com)
<20: 32.5%
20-29: 41.5%
30-39: 5.2%
40-49: 4.5%
50-59: 6.1%
60-69: 5.2%
70+: 4.9%
Population by Race: (via American Community Survey Estimates, 2012-2016)
White: 30,690
Asian: 5,031
Black: 2,333
Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 2,285
American Indian or Alaska Native: 170
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 17
Two or more Races: 1,127
Other: 356
Veterans: 681 (via Census Bureau)

II. Income

Median Household Income: $45,999 (via Census Bureau)
Individuals Below Poverty Line: 35.7% (via Census Bureau)
Per Capita Income: $18,905 (Margin of Error +/- $1,248) (via SDC)
*MIT Living Wage for Single Adult: $22,131 (via SDC)
*The average worker in Amherst makes 85% of the living wage. (via SDC)

III. Education

High School Graduate or higher: 94.5% (via Census Bureau)
2017 MCAS Results: (via MassDOE)
-Grades 3-8 English/Language Arts:
Participation Rate: 96%
Exceeding Expectations: 10%
Meeting Expectations: 37%
Partially Meeting Expectations: 41%
Not Meeting Expectations: 11%
Grade 3-8 Mathematics:
Participation Rate: 95%
Exceeding Expectations: 9%
Meeting Expectations: 39%
Partially Meeting Expectations: 36%
Not Meeting Expectations: 16%
2015-16 SAT Scores: (via MassDOE)
Amherst-Pelham Regional High School:
Tests Taken: 175
Mean Reading Score: 593 (out of 800)
Mean Writing Score: 563 (out of 800)
Mean Math Score: 600 (out of 800)

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