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Amherst is a town in Erie County, in the Buffalo-Cheektowaga metro area.
The community was named after Lord Jeffrey Amherst, hero of the French and Indian War.
The latitude of Amherst is 42.978N. The longitude is -78.8W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 584 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 103,858.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Amherst demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Erie County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Buffalo-Niagara Falls area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 14068 ZIP code.
21% of Amherst residents report German ancestry, and 14% 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 $27,647, compared with $21,587 nationally.
47% of Amherst residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Amherst, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $598. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,266.
Libraries in Amherst include Amherst Main Library at Audubon, Clearfield Library, Eggertsville-Snyder Library, Williamsville Library ... View libraries
Erie County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Amherst political report.
The average commute time for Amherst workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 22 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 1.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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