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Welcome to Amherst ...

Amherst is located in Hampshire County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Amherst has a population of 39,924 people<2> (see below for details).

Amherst was settled in 1703 and was incorporated in 1775.

Amherst is 260 feet [79 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Amherst is located in the (413) area code.

The ZIP codes for Amherst: 01002-01004<4>

Websites for Amherst ...

Official Website: www.amherstma.gov/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Amherst had an population of 39,924 people. This is an increase of 5.57% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 14.48% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Amherst had a population of 37,819 people (which is 23.92% of the total population of Hampshire County). This makes Amherst the county's most populous community.

The population of Amherst represents 0.58% of the population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 42nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 37,819 people, the population of Amherst increased 8.44% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 34,874 people).

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

Adding Amherst to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Amherst in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Amherst was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Amherst on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Amherst ...

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

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

Communities near Amherst ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Amherst.

  • Springfield [Hampden County]
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    • Springfield [Hampden County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the south of Amherst
    • Estimated population in 2019: 153,606 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springfield
  • Chicopee [Hampden County]
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    • Chicopee [Hampden County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the south of Amherst
    • Estimated population in 2019: 55,126 people
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  • Holyoke [Hampden County]
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    • Holyoke [Hampden County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southwest of Amherst
    • Estimated population in 2019: 40,117 people
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  • West Springfield [Hampden County]
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    • West Springfield [Hampden County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the south of Amherst
    • Estimated population in 2019: 28,517 people
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Northampton [Hampshire County]
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      • Northampton [Hampshire County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Amherst
      • Estimated population in 2019: 28,451 people
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    • Ludlow [Hampden County]
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      • Ludlow [Hampden County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the south of Amherst
      • Estimated population in 2019: 21,233 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ludlow have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • South Hadley [Hampshire County]
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      • South Hadley [Hampshire County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the south of Amherst
      • Estimated population in 2019: 17,625 people
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    • Greenfield [Franklin County]
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      • Greenfield [Franklin County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the north of Amherst
      • Estimated population in 2019: 17,258 people
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    • Easthampton [Hampshire County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Easthampton
      • Easthampton [Hampshire County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the southwest of Amherst
      • Estimated population in 2019: 15,829 people
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    • Belchertown [Hampshire County]
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      • Belchertown [Hampshire County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southeast of Amherst
      • Estimated population in 2019: 15,098 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belchertown have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belchertown

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Amherst. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Amherst.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Amherst.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Amherst. Our list includes 10 papers. See our Newspapers 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 can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Amherst, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Amherst.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Massachusetts

About Hampshire County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Amherst: www.amherstma.gov/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Massachusetts' counties, including Hampshire, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Amherst.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Amherst - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Amherst). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Amherst or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Amherst includes: 01002, 1003 & 01004.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Amherst) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Amherst. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AmherstOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Amherst. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.3758, Longitude: -72.5199    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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