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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.


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Median household income
Local
$55,427
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Amherst demographic reports
Amherst is on Tonawanda Creek.
The population grew dramatically with housing construction in the 1950s and 1960s.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 120. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 1.1 per 1,000 people.
Ranked third safest city in America 2005, by Morgan Quitno Press
Amherst received national attention for the 1998 shooting death of Dr. Barnett Slepian, physician who performed abortions.
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Historic sites and museums: Amherst Museum, Mennonite Meetiing House
Colleges and universities: Daemen College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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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.

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47% of Amherst residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Amherst, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $598.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,266.


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Libraries in Amherst include Amherst Main Library at Audubon, Clearfield Library, Eggertsville-Snyder Library, Williamsville Library ... View libraries

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Erie County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Amherst political report.

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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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