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Welcome to Amherst ...

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

The location of Amherst has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Amherst has a population of 2,199 people<2> (see below for details).

Amherst is 700 feet [213 m] above sea level.<3>.

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 (or 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 total 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 2017 Census Estimates, Amherst had an population of 2,199 people. This is a decrease of 1.43% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 2.31% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Amherst ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you are driving.<4>.

Community   2017
Population
DirDistance
Appomattox   [Map]   1,778   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]   6,327   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 for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Amherst. If available, we provide a satellite 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 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.

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About Amherst County

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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: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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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<2>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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<3>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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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. 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 (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, 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 we use 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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