Located in the heart of Massachusetts along Interstate 91, the city of Northampton has become one of the state's finest communities. Proud of its New England heritage and commitment to historic preservation, many families are calling Northampton apartments for rent home. The city may be small, but it is no stranger to culture. Northampton has been named the No. 1 Best Small Arts Town in America and one of the Top 25 Arts Destinations in the nation, according to the city's website. With its small-town atmosphere and beautiful downtown, Northampton is a wonderful place to work, live and play.
Northampton was originally called Nonotuck and is one of the oldest communities in the nation, having been founded in the 1650s. As the years went on, the Pioneer Valley area became known for its universities and colleges, lending to Northampton's reputation as a cultured community. Northampton was also instrumental in promoting civil rights, being home to legendary American figures like Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass during different periods in its history. Today, the city has grown into a population of more than 28,500, according to information from the U.S. Census Bureau. The city still maintains a cultural and arts-friendly community, attracting students and artists from all over New England area.
Some of the biggest attractions in the city involve the arts, which should come as no surprise. They include the Academy of Music Theatre and the Northampton Center for the Arts, both of which put on year-round performances at a low cost for their residents. Many of the residents here enjoy shows in theater, music, dance and art.
The city is also home to numerous arts-related festivals, including monthly Arts Night Out, featuring local talent and creative artwork in the community; Transperformance, a gathering and discussion event for artists and performers; and the annual Northampton Independent Film Festival.
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