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Old 01-24-2009, 01:17 AM
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I am debating whether to live in Northampton, MA or Enfield, CT. Unfortunately -I won't have time to visit those places physically until i move out there.

Northampton I've heard it be described as "artsy" collegiate b/c it is close to Smith, UMASS.

Meanwhile i have not heard anything about Enfield. Scanning through forums i have noticed negative sentiments towards "Thompsonville" and worries about safety. But i cannot discern if this worry is exaggerated or founded. Could someone please give an honest opinion about Enfield, it's safety primarily, and it's yuppie-friendliness?

Many thanks!
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Old 01-24-2009, 05:46 AM
Location: New England
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Enfield to me is a strange town. On the West side near it's official downtown, it feels a little run down. Head East and you encounter the "retail" section which for the most part is nice and newer...further West it gets more rural with a "village" inside the town called Hazardville which is fairly decent.

I'm not a big fan of the town, and IMO it doesn't compare to Northampton regarding the "artsy and yuppie vibe". It's more of a suburban feel IMO.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:30 AM
Location: Hartford County
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Honestly apples and oranges, dude. I'll PM you.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:40 AM
Location: Hartford County
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Okay, I can't PM you... Northampton is an artsy, well educated town with culture and tons of good restaurants and is walkable.

Enfield is mostly chain restaurants and big box stores. I like Enfield but it is what it is. It's an odd suburbs that in some parts is rural and other parts there's some troubled areas, but even that isn't too bad. Enfield is very convienent to I-91 as it's right off it and it's very near Mass and near enough to Hartford.

Both places represent solid places to live for very different individuals. It's apples and oranges as I said above. People who live in Enfield are middle-class and usually follow sports and are content with Fridays at the Olive Garden. Northampton is famous for it's art scene and diversity. But if you live in Enfield you can always visit as it's not to far away and it's a cool place. If you live in Northampton you wouldn't come down to visit Enfield though. You'd go to Holyoke MA for the big box stores or places in Western Mass.

Hope this helps. I don't know why you'd move to one or the other blind as they are vastly different.
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Old 01-24-2009, 06:26 PM
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thank you so much for the insight! it actually proved extremely helpful in my decision!
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:03 PM
Location: Connecticut
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Though people here are saying things about Enfield, I should note that even its "bad" areas are really not so bad. It is nothing like any of the major cities with significant crime problems. Even the worst area is better than what is found in most major cities. You do not have drive-by shootings or gang wars and I do not fear for my life driving around the town.

Northampton though is a totally different vibe though. It thrives because of all of the major colleges nearby which helps bring in an educated and diverse population. Good luck, Jay
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:56 PM
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Enfield's "bad" area of Thomspsonville is labeled so because of drugs and really nothing more. IT's not like people are getting shot their all the time or anything. That area is just lower income and has a drug community. Any other area of Enfield is great it is a bit more rural than Northampton...Though they do have a mall and big box stores where as Northampton has more of a downtown type feel.
Enfield to me is a good location but VERY different than Northhampton.
Enfield i would say consists mostly families and some singles.
Where a lot of the Gay and Lesbian community make Northhampton their home, for whatever that is worth to you.
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