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Amherst is a town in Hampshire County, in the Springfield metro area.

The community name honors Lord Jeffrey Amherst, British military commander during the French and Indian War.

The latitude of Amherst is 42.380N. The longitude is -72.523W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 207 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 34,874.


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Median household income
Local
$40,017
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Amherst demographic reports
Amherst is in the Connecticut River Valley.
The town was settled by Massachusetts Bay colonists who moved west, first to the Springfield area, then to Amherst.

Early industries included hat-making and brick manufacturing.

Amherst College was founded in 1821. The Massachusetts Agricultural School, which would become the University of Massachusetts, was established 42 years later.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 111. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3.2 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1999 movie, "In Dreams"
· 1993 movie, "Malice"
Well-known residents have included:
· Noah Webster, lexicographer
· Emily Dickinson, poet
· Robert Frost, poet
· Helen Hunt Jackson, author
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Apple Harvest & Crafts Festival - Sept. 29, 2007
Dates often change. Check Amherst web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Holyoke Range State Park, Quabbin Reservoir
Historic sites and museums: Emily Dickinson Homestead, Strong House Museum, Pratt Museum of Natural History, Mead Art Museum, Amherst History Museum, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Colleges and universities: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
We are by September and yet my flowers are bold as June. Amherst has gone to Eden.
-- Letters, Volume 2
Emily Dickinson

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Amherst demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Hampshire County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Springfield area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 01002 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

8% of Amherst residents report German ancestry, and 16% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Amherst ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Amherst was $17,427, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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69% of Amherst residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Amherst include Amherst Central Business District, Dickinson Historic District, East Village Historic District, North Amherst Center Historic District, Westside Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Amherst, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $637.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,391.


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Libraries in Amherst include Jones Library, Munson Memorial Library, North Amherst Library ... View libraries

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The average commute time for Amherst workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Amherst between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ We are by September and yet my flowers are bold as June. Amherst has gone to Eden. ”
~ Letters, Volume 2
Emily Dickinson

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