Sunderland MA

Sunderland is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, part of the Pioneer Valley. The population was 3,777 at the 2000 census.


Sunderland was first settled in 1713 and was officially incorporated in 1714. It was first known as Swampfield, a name which is now honored by Swampfield Road, but the name was changed to attract more residents.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.3 km² (14.8 mi²). 37.3 km² (14.4 mi²) of it is land and 1.1 km² (0.4 mi²) of it (2.77%) is water. Sunderland is on the east bank of the Connecticut River. It borders the towns of South Deerfield, Hadley, Leverett, Montague and Amherst.


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 3,777 people, 1,633 households, and 765 families residing in the town. The population density was 101.3/km² (262.5/mi²). There were 1,668 housing units at an average density of 44.8/km² (115.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 88.77% White, 2.36% African American, 0.26% Native American, 6.43% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.06% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.36% of the population. There were 1,633 households out of which 22.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 53.1% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.93. In the town the population was spread out with 18.2% under the age of 18, 21.6% from 18 to 24, 33.7% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males. The median income for a household in the town was $37,147, and the median income for a family was $53,021. Males had a median income of $36,779 versus $30,526 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,024. About 4.2% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


There are several apartment complexes in Sunderland, four of which are situated on a bus route, PVTA 31, that goes to the nearby University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a result, many college students rent out apartments in the town.

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