Smith & 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.
Contributing to the Local Economy
Smith is Northampton’s largest taxpayer.
Approximately 35 percent of Smith’s 1,576 employees live in Northampton, Florence and Leeds, contributing to the local economy.
Annual payroll (wages and benefits), fiscal year 2021: $131,489,000
Annual payroll (wages only), fiscal year 2021: $101,350,000
Grants from federal and private sources support research, teaching and outreach, fiscal year 2020-21: $12,533,556*
*The grants include CARES Act funding from the Department of Education.
External grants to Smith faculty and administrators—from charitable foundations, corporations, and federal and state agencies—support research, teaching and outreach projects at the college. These grants create jobs, support local educational partnerships and have other direct and indirect impacts on the local economy. This funding also helps Smith College make its resources—the museum, botanic garden, libraries, theater, and research facilities as well as the expertise of faculty and staff—available to community members and the general public.
Construction spending, Fiscal Year 2021: $39,614,247
City of Northampton
Water, Sewer and Stormwater Charges, Fiscal Year 2021: $577,264
Real estate taxes: $429,698
News from the Grécourt Gate
Heard on Campus
“I am writing to express my sincere thanks for an incredible experience this year as a community auditor at Smith College. This program, which allows community members like myself to access world-class education at an affordable price, is like nothing I have ever heard of or experienced before.”