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Welcome to Amherst ...

The city of Amherst is located in the Texas Panhandle.

Amherst is located in Lamb County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Amherst, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1923.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Amherst has a population of 661 people<2> (see below for details).

The community of Amherst is 3,650 feet [1,113 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Amherst is about ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Amherst lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from Amherst (for example, toward Dora (NM)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT).

The telephone area code for Amherst: (806)

The ZIP code for Amherst: 79312<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Amherst had an population of 661 people. This is a decrease of 8.32% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 16.43% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Amherst had a population of 721 people (or 5.16% of the total population of Lamb County). This makes Amherst the county's 5th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 721 people, the population of Amherst decreased 8.85% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 791 people).

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

Communities Also Named Amherst ...

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

Beyond Texas, 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, 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.

  • Littlefield
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Littlefield have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littlefield
    • Littlefield is located in Lamb County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,755 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Littlefield
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Littlefield <6>
  • Olton
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
  • Earth
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Earth have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Earth
    • Earth is located in Lamb County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 951 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Earth
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Earth <6>
  • Sudan
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sudan have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sudan
    • Sudan is located in Lamb County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 879 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Sudan
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sudan <6>
  • Springlake
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Springlake have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springlake
    • Springlake is located in Lamb County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 102 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Springlake
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Springlake <6>
  • Fieldton
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fieldton have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fieldton
    • Fieldton is located in Lamb County
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Fieldton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fieldton <6>
  • Bula
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bula have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bula
    • Bula is located in Bailey County
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Bula
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bula <6>
  • Hart Camp ‑ Historic
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hart Camp have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hart Camp
    • Hart Camp is located in Lamb County
  • Pep
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pep have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pep
    • Pep is located in Hockley County
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Pep
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pep <6>
  • Spade
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spade
    • Spade is located in Lamb County
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Spade

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.

We have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Amherst. 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.

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

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Amherst was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Amherst post office opened in 1923.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Amherst.

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 State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Texas' counties, including Lamb, 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 city (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).
<5>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

 

 

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