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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 $118,754 in contributions in 2016-17.

Approximately 41 percent of Smith’s 1,326 employees live in Northampton, Florence and Leeds, contributing to the local economy.

Annual payroll (wages and benefits), fiscal year 2016: $129,126,708

Annual payroll (wages only), fiscal year 2016: $98,591,884

United Way contributions by employees in 2016–17: $118,754

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: $8,005,049

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. This funding makes the resources of Smith College—the museum, botanic garden, libraries, theater, and research facilities as well as the expertise of faculty and staff—available to community members.


Construction spending from 2012 to 2017: $158,983,693

Spending by Students and Visitors

Admission visitors: 6,297
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 2016–17 Smith students made 2,168 purchases for a total of $22,953.03 with Northampton merchants through this program.

City of Northampton

Water, sewer & storm water charges: $1,014,995

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

Permits $37,147
Inspections $15,495
Real estate taxes $633,874

All information was updated in September 2017 (based on 2016–17 figures)