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Welcome to Amherst ...
The city of Amherst is located in the Texas Panhandle.
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.
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>
For more details, see References and Mentions for Amherst.
Off-the-Road Links ...
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This page was last modified/updated: 22 Nov 2023