Smith's Impact in Northampton

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 Northamptons largest taxpayer.

Smith is Northampton’s largest institutional donor to the United Way of Hampshire County, with $130,500 in contributions in 2013-14.

Approximately 41 percent of Smith’s 1,374 employees live in Northampton, Florence and Leeds, contributing to the local economy.

Annual payroll (wages and benefits), fiscal year 2015: $130,762,678

Annual payroll (wages only), fiscal year 2015: $152,503,387

United Way contributions by employees in 2013–14: $130,500

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: $9,268,118

External grants to Smith faculty and administrators from charitable foundations, corporations, and federal and state agencies, support research, teaching and outreach projects that create jobs, support local educational partnerships and have other direct and indirect local economic impacts.


Construction spending from 2010 to 2014: $146,182,396

Spending by Students and Visitors

Admission visitors: 4,605

Summer program visitors: 2,900

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 2014–15 Smith students spent $45,327 with Northampton merchants through this program.

City of Northampton

Water and sewer charges: $855,648

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

Business Improvement District $328
Permits $37,147
Inspections $15,495
Real estate taxes $530,874
Storm Water Management Fee $92,065

Information on this Web site is based on 2014-15 figures; it was updated in September 2014. 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.