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Welcome to Amherst ...

The town of Amherst is located in Amherst County<1> and is the County Seat for Amherst County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Amherst has a population of 2,180 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Amherst.

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 located in the (434) area code.

The ZIP code for Amherst: 24521<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Amherst had an population of 2,180 people. This is a decrease of 2.29% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 3.15% 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 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 (with a count of 2,251 people).

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

Adding Amherst to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

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, we also found mention of Amherst elsewhere: The earliest map where we found it was on a Rand McNally Map of Virginia (1911).

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 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.

  • Lynchburg [Lynchburg City]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lynchburg
    • Lynchburg [Lynchburg City] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the south of Amherst
    • Estimated population in 2019: 82,168 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lynchburg
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lynchburg<6>
  • Buena Vista [Buena Vista City]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buena Vista
    • Buena Vista [Buena Vista City] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the northwest of Amherst
    • Estimated population in 2019: 6,478 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buena Vista have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buena Vista
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buena Vista<6>
  • Lowesville [Amherst County]
  • Beckham [Appomattox County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beckham
    • Beckham [Appomattox County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the southeast of Amherst
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beckham
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Colleen [Nelson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colleen
      • Colleen [Nelson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Amherst
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colleen
    • Forks of Buffalo [Amherst County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forks of Buffalo
      • Forks of Buffalo [Amherst County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Amherst
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forks of Buffalo
    • Gladstone [Nelson County]
    • Lavino Village [Lynchburg City]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lavino Village
      • Lavino Village [Lynchburg City] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Amherst
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lavino Village have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lavino Village
    • Madison Heights [Amherst County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Madison Heights
      • Madison Heights [Amherst County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Amherst
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Madison Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Madison Heights
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Madison Heights<6>
    • Massies Mill [Nelson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Massies Mill
      • Massies Mill [Nelson County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the north of Amherst
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Massies Mill

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.

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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>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Amherst, 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 town (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>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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 for your convenience: 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: 37.5854, Longitude: -79.0520    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>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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