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Welcome to Amherst ...
While we don't have a date for the founding of Amherst, you might consider that their post office opened in 1803.
From the Census Estimates for 2019, Amherst has a population of 2,184 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
Amherst is within the (434) area code.
The ZIP code for Amherst: 24521<4>
Population Details ...
Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Amherst had an population of 2,184 people. This is a decrease of 2.11% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 2.98% since the 2000 Census).
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 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).
More information can be found on the Census Page for Amherst.
Communities Also Named Amherst ...
Using our Gazetteer, we 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.
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.
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 5 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.
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 book titled U.S. Post Offices (1803).
We also found Amherst in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (Oct. 1846).
For more details, see References and Mentions for Amherst.
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/
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This page was last modified/updated: 22 Nov 2023