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Smith & Northampton

View of Elm St. From Northrop Gillett


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.

Smith is Northampton’s largest institutional donor to the United Way of Hampshire County, with $117,287 in contributions in 2018-19.

Approximately 40 percent of Smith’s 1,322 employees live in Northampton, Florence and Leeds, contributing to the local economy.

Annual payroll (wages and benefits), fiscal year 2018: $138,045,442

Annual payroll (wages only), fiscal year 2018: $106,162,412

United Way contributions by employees in 2018–19: $117,287

Smith College employees combined are the largest donors to United Way of Hampshire County.

Grants from federal and private sources support research, teaching and outreach: $7,897,583

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 from 2013 to 2017: $169,810,984

Spending by Students and Visitors

Admission visitors: 7,081

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 2018–19 Smith students made 1,030 purchases for a total of $9,731.23 with Northampton merchants through this program.

City of Northampton

FY18 Water, Sewer and Storm Water Charges: $914,683
Permits: $35,619
Inspections: $16,445
Real estate taxes: $664,615

Total  $1,631,362

All information was updated in September 2019 (based on 2018–19 figures)

News from the Grécourt Gate

HUD: Smith College Supports Affordable Housing in Downtown Northampton

Smith is actively engaged in numerous projects to strengthen and encourage community development in Northampton, including downtown revitalization.

Summer School for Smith Students—as Teachers

Smith graduate education students are participating for the first time in a city schools program aimed at helping children with disabilities stay engaged in learning over the summer.

ValleyBike Electric Bike Share Offers Eco-Friendly Transport

Smith students and employees now have discounted access to a new, regional bike sharing program. ValleyBike offers 500 electric, pedal-assist bikes to 50 stations throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Smith’s Technology Donations Help Area Schools, Nonprofits Keep Pace

When Northampton students return to school next fall, dozens of Dell and Apple desktops and laptops will be waiting for them. The systems are being donated to the city through Smith’s long-running Technology Donation Program.

Creative Teamwork: Smithies Design ‘Parklets’ for Downtown Northampton

Designs created by Smithies for new green spaces in downtown Northampton will be on display this week at a local gallery.