Northampton Worth Fighting For: Awards and Recognition

Northampton has received widespread recognition as a good place to live. Here is a selection from recent awards listed on the city’s website:

“Top 10 Family Friendly Towns” by Parenting Magazine, May 1997

“100 Best School Districts in the U.S.” by Offspring: The Magazine of Smart Parenting, September/October 2000

“Number One Best Small Arts Town in America” by author John Villani, 2000

“Top 25 Arts Destinations” by American Style Magazine, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005.

“Best Places To Live – Big Small Towns” by Boston Magazine, April 2001

“A Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by National Trust for Historic Preservation, April 2001

“America’s Great Outside Towns – Dream Towns 2001” by Outside Magazine, September 2001

“Great Public Spaces – Main Street, Northampton, MA” by Project for Public Spaces, 2001 and Utne Reader, January 2002

“Outstanding Planning Award for Social Advocacy” by American Planning Association, 2002

“Excellence in Community Development and Affordable Housing” by Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations to Northampton Mayor, Mary Clare Higgins, November 2002

“Top 100 Best Places to Live”, by CNN Money Magazine, 2005. Northampton ranked number 80 on the list.

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