Northampton Awards

Award  Award Organization  Year
America's Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers American Craft Week 2016
2015’s Best & Worst Small Cities in America WalletHub 2015
 5-Star Community Rating  STAR Communities 2014
Walk- Friendly Community (Bronze) Walk-Friendly Communities 2012
Bicycle Friendly Community (Bronze) League of American Bicyclists 2011
Green Community Designation Mass. Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs 2010
Top 25 Arts Destinations American Style Magazine  2000 - 2009 
Campaign for Open Government Common Cause E-Government Award 2007, 2008, 2009 
Tree City U.S.A. Designation
Arbor Day Foundation 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Great Cities for the Simple Life AARP magazine  2009
Healthy Motion Award
(for commitment to improving bike and pedestrian access)
 Mass. Executive Office of Health & Human Services and Transportation & Public Works  2007
Great Places in America American Planning Association for Main Street  2007
Top Adventure Town in Massachusetts National Geographic Adventure Magazine  2007 
Number One Best Place for Retirees  New York Times  2007 
Top scoring Commonwealth Capital community  Commonwealth on Smart Growth measures  2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 
Best Downtown Shopping District  Retailers Association of Massachusetts Award of Excellence  2006 
Ten Great Places to Revel in Cinematic Grandeur Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, as reported in USA Today 2005's review of Cinema Treasures: A New Look At Classic Movie Theaters by Ross Melnick and Andreas Fuchs 2005
Top 100 Best Places to Live
(Ranked number 80)
CNN Money Magazine  2005 
 Most Liberal Place, Medium Sized Cities (25,000-99,000) ePodunk  2004
Excellence in Community Development and Affordable Housing Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations to Northampton Mayor, Mary Clare Higgins  2002 
Great Public Houses
Main Street, Northampton, MA
Utne Reader  2002 
Outstanding Planning Award for Social Advocacy American Planning Association  2002 
Great Public Spaces
Main Street, Northampton, MA
Project for Public Spaces  2001
Best Places To Live – Big Small Towns Boston Magazine  2001 
America’s Great Outside Towns – Dream Towns 2001  Outside Magazine  2001
A Dozen Distinctive Destinations National Trust for Historic Preservation  2001 
100 Best School Districts in the U.S.  Offspring: The Magazine of Smart Parenting  2000
Number One Best Small Arts Town in America John Villani  2000
Top 10 Family Friendly Towns Parenting Magazine  1997