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Welcome to Amherst ...

The town of Amherst is located in Amherst County and is the County Seat for Amherst County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2015, Amherst has a population of 2,210 people<1> (see below for details).

Amherst is 700 feet [213 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Amherst lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Amherst: (434)

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Amherst had a population of 2,231 people (which is 6.9% of the total population of Amherst County). This makes Amherst the county's most populous community.

The population of Amherst represents 0.03% of the population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 92nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,231 people, the population of Amherst has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 2,251 people).

Taken from the 2015 Census Estimates, Amherst had an population of 2,210 people. This is a decrease of 0.94% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 1.82% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Amherst.

Communities near Amherst ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Amherst and not the distance if driven.<3>.

Community   2015
Population
DirectionDistance
Appomattox   [Map]   1,759   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Beckham   [Map]   ---   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
Boonsboro   [Map]   ---   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Buena Vista   [Map]   6,618   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Forks of Buffalo   [Map]   ---   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Lavino Village   [Map]   ---   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Amherst.

Communities Also Named Amherst ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Virginia communities named Amherst: This one is located in Amherst County and the other is located in Fairfax County.

Beyond Virginia, there are 24 communities that are also named Amherst - they are located in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas (2), Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York (2), North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Quebec, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas (2) and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Amherst.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Amherst. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Amherst. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Amherst. Our list includes 5 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Amherst:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Amherst ...

Looking for more information about Amherst? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Amherst, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Amherst.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' is a very useful tool for people who might be planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Amherst. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
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RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
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PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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The Communities of Virginia

About Amherst County

About Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Amherst. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Amherst County: www.countyofamherst.com/

The official website for State of Virginia: www.virginia.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Amherst.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Amherst - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Amherst. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Amherst) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Amherst. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Amherst

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Amherst. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5816, Longitude: -79.0506     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Amherst have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Amherst.



 
 
 

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