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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Median rent in Amherst, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $637. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,391.
Libraries in Amherst include Jones Library, Munson Memorial Library, North Amherst Library ... View libraries
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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