Smith's Impact in Northampton

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Smith College is proud to be a vital part of Northampton and a partner in its success. This information attempts to capture the extent of the college’s economic, civic and cultural participation in the life of a city we value and celebrate.

Smith is Northampton’s largest institutional donor to the United Way of Hampshire County, with $150,960 in contributions in 2012-13.

Smith is Northampton's largest taxpayer, and paid a total of about $1.52 million in real estate taxes and fees to the city in 2012-13.

Approximately 41 percent of Smith’s 1,389 employees live in Northampton, Florence and Leeds, contributing to the local economy.

Annual payroll (wages and benefits), fiscal year 2013: $120,624,288

Annual payroll (wages only), fiscal year 2013: $92,263,755

United Way contributions by employees in 2012–13: $150,960

Smith is Northampton’s largest institutional donor to the United Way of Hampshire County. Our coordinated campuswide campaign is responsible for our significant contribution.

Grants for research, teaching and outreach: $5,478,406

Charitable foundations, corporations, and federal and state agencies make grants to Smith College, the faculty and administrators in support of teaching, research and outreach projects that strengthen local education partnerships while affecting the local economy directly and indirectly.


Construction spending from 2009 to 2013: $159,181,387

Spending by Students and Visitors

Admission visitors: 4,789

Summer program visitors: 3,000

Estimated expenditures by students and visitors: $3,700,000

The college’s OneCard ID system allows students to make purchases at participating Northampton businesses using a debit feature associated with their Smith ID cards. In 2012–13 Smith students spent $42,000 with Northampton merchants through this program.

City of Northampton

Real estate taxes: $516,287

Water and sewer charges: $850,821

Permits, licenses, fees and other—paid to City of Northampton: $104,086

Smith is Northampton's largest taxpayer.

Northampton Business Improvement District

Member contribution: $20,000

In-kind contribution: $7,500

Information on this Web site is based on 2012-13 figures; it was updated in November 2013. Although we attempt to make this information as comprehensive as possible, there may still be some unintentional omissions. Please send comments or corrections to the Office of College Relations, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063, (413) 585-2170.