City of Northampton
Northampton is a lively, diverse community located in the heart of the Five College Area of the Pioneer Valley. Several village centers provide focal points for outlying residential areas while the downtown is alive days and eveinings with a wide selection of restaurants, coffee and ice-cream shops, theaters including the only municipally owned theater in the state, clubs featuring an array of music, street musicians and a Center for the Arts. The city also offers strong municpal programs in education, recreation, public safety and public works. It is know for its energy conservation program.
The vibrant small city atmosphere of the community is enhanced by a rich natural resources, which include the Connecticut River, agricultural and conservation lands and the Acadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Residents believe Northampton has a rich history and are confident that its future which will be built on its diverse population base, solid economic base and abundant resources.