Thursday, September 1, 2011

Student Return Redux Resource 1: The Young and the Rested

In my previous post, I alluded to the anti-student sentiment that occasionally crops up here among some of our residents. Like it or not, we're a young town.

Thanks to the relatively small size of the permanent population and the large size of the student population, Amherst happens to be the town with the lowest median age in the Commonwealth (21), whereas Alford is the oldest (60.5). The median age in Massachusetts as as whole is 38.5.

Check out this earlier post, which features text and video from a Boston Globe piece on the topic. Choice phrases: "a town of bachelors and bachelorettes," and "a lot of hipsters going around."

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