"This small city offers more restaurants and shops, certainly more galleries, theaters and performance venues than most urban centers dozens of times its size. Add two rivers, mountain views, landscaped parks and meadow walks, and you begin to see why people call it paradise" - The Boston Globe

Northampton has also appropriately been acknowledged by The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and many other publications which have acclaimed its quality of life and named it one of the ten best small arts towns in the country, one of the best places to live and to retire to, and rated the educations ystem in the top 100 in the country.

Northampton is home to Smith college, perennially rated as one of the best colleges in the country. It is an important part of the Five College area, which encompasses UMass, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and Mt. Holyoke.

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