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Old 07-31-2012, 06:14 AM
Location: New England
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Originally Posted by Walkerstudios View Post
Yes but I need to be within a 20 min drive to Amhurst. What are some other areas near there that seem to be holding up?
Everything is holding up. It's just that it's expensive and you were asking about Holyoke. There are plenty of people who need jobs and I wish the jobs would go to locals instead of people who don't even want to live here.

If you can afford it and you can stand living here, there's Hadley, South Hadley, Northampton, Belchertown. The towns are beautiful and I don't know where people are talking about factories. Holyoke had factories so probably that's what they're talking about.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:54 PM
Location: Easthampton MA
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There is plenty going on in the area. Due to the colleges in the area, there is a young vibrant feel. Northampton is the cultural center, with many restaurants, clubs, and bars. Amherst is a typical college town, dominated by UMass, and Amherst College. Due to the wealth in the area housing is expensive . I would recommend Easthampton which is further out but it's a nice quite town, near Northampton, and about 20mins from Amherst or Springfield. I would stay out of Holyoke. Chicopee is ok but it's an old factory town. The areas immediately surrounding Amherst are agricultural. Further south towards South Hadley and Holyoke town line it becomes urban and industrial. Since the area caters to college students, the jobs tend to be low paying retail, and restaurant type work. Springfield area which is 30mins away tends to have more to offer for a job seeker. Though it is a very tight job market. Employer's are looking for people with certain skill sets, and experience.

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Old 07-31-2012, 04:19 PM
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Thanks for all the tips everyone. I was looking at Deerfield and Greenfield and I will take a closer look at all those other suggestions as well.
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