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  •   State: 
    Amherst County
      County all: 
    Amherst | Nelson
      County FIPS: 
    51009 | 51125
    37°34′37″N 79°3′2″W
      Area total: 
    4.92 sq mi (12.75 km²)
      Area land: 
    4.90 sq mi (12.70 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.02 sq mi (0.05 km²)
    761 ft (232 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Lynchburg, VA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    444.72 residents per square mile of area (171.70/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Amherst (formerly Dearborn) is a town in Amherst County, Virginia, United States. The population was 2,231 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lynchburg Metropolitan Statistical Area. The official town seal was created by Ward Cruea, a commercial artist from Dayton, Ohio. The roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and U.S. Route 60 is the oldest traffic circle in the VDOT system. The Thompson's Mill- amherst Mill Complex is an evolved structure with elements dating from at least the late 19th-century. It was active in the production of cornmeal and flour before closing in 2017. In 2018, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources placed the building on its Virginia Landmarks Register. Other important sites located in or near the town include the Bear Mountain Indian Mission School, Edgewood, 1818, Edgwood, 1858, Fairview, Forest Hill, The Glebe, Dulwich Manor, and Tusculum. The town is located at 37°3437N 79°32W (37.576899, 79.050424). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.0 square miles (12.9 km²), all of it land. AmherSt was founded in 1807 as "The Oaks" and "Seven Oaks", it began as a mere stagecoach station on the Charlottesville-Lynchburg road.


Amherst was founded in 1807 as a stagecoach station on the Charlottesville-Lynchburg road. It was named in honor of French and Indian War hero Jeffery Amherst. In 1910, the town was incorporated by the order of the Circuit Court. A charter was granted to the town by the General Assembly in 1950. The official town seal was created by Ward Cruea, a commercial artist from Dayton, Ohio. The roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and U.S. Route 60 is the oldest traffic circle in the VDOT system. Other important sites located in or near the town include the Bear Mountain Indian Mission School, Edgewood, 1818, and Forest Hill, 1858. These places are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2018, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources placed the building on its Virginia Landmarks Register. The main building is an evolved structure with elements dating from at least the late 19th-century. It is active in the production of cornmeal and flour before closing in 2017. In 1847, local planter William Waller, aged 58, walked from amherst to Louisiana with about 20 slaves for sale. His letters home during the trip, held by the Virginia Historical Society, provide rare documentation of a slave coffle. The Thompson's Mill-AmherSt Mill Complex was previously home to AmherSt Milling Co. The current courthouse was built in 1872, and the current building was built shortly thereafter. All Amher st County records have been stored in the courthouse since 1761.


Amherst is located at 37°3437N 79°32W (37.576899, 79.050424). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.0 square miles (12.9 km²), all of it land. The town is 25 miles southeast of Lexington, 44 miles southwest from Charlottesville, 20 miles northwest from Appomattox, and only 13 miles north of Lynchburg. Amherst has a population of 1,071. It is located in the Shenandoah National Park, which is a National Park Service preserve. The park is home to the Virginia Museum of Natural History, which was established in 1881. The museum is also home to a National Civil Rights Museum, which dates back to the early 19th century. It was founded in 1883. The U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the early 20th century was a major factor in the formation of the town. The city was named after Amher St, a town in Virginia, where the first white settlers arrived in the 1820s. It has been the site of the Virginia National Guard since the 1800s, and the Virginia Army National Guard has been based in the town since the early 1900s. The Town is located on the banks of the Rappahannock River, a tributary of the James River, which flows into the James. It also has a river that runs through the town, and is known for its scenic beauty, including the Blue Ridge Mountains.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,251 people, 940 households, and 568 families residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 68.95% White, 29.63% African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.04% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population. The town's population was spread out, with 21.6% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 24.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females,there were 84.7 males. For each 100 females age 18 and over, there are 77.3 males. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was2.84. The per capita income for the town is $18,457. About 13.3%. of families and 18.0% of those under age 18 were below the poverty line, including 25.1%, 26.5%. of those age 65 or over. the median income for a family was $44,181. Males had a median income of $35,714 versus $20,321 for females. the town's average household income was $33,000. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town has a population of 2,250.


Amherst has many public schools which provide primary and secondary education to local children. There are also opportunities for higher learning. Amherst is served by the women's liberal arts college Sweet Briar College. Central Virginia Community College has a small center in AmherSt that serves the community in higher education. The Public schools in the Amher st area are: Amher St Elementary School (k-5) and Central elementary School (K-5), as well as several middle schools and high schools. The public education system is run by Amherston County School System, which is based in the town. The school system is funded by the state of Virginia, the local school district, and the local community. The district also has a number of private schools that provide secondary education for children in the area. The schools are located in the city's downtown area and surrounding areas, such as the town center, the town hall, the high school, the middle school and the middle and high school. The high school is located on the town's main road, which runs through the city. The town has a population of about 3,000. The city is home to the U.S. Army National Guard, which has a presence in the region since World War II. It is also the home of the American Museum of Natural History, which was founded in 1871. The U.N. has a campus in Amhersst, which opened in 1872. The Amhersts have a population in excess of 2,000 people, making it one of the largest cities in Virginia.

Local economics

Amherst has several places of business and commerce that provide products and jobs for the community. Major employers in and near the town include: Clorox, Buffalo Air, Sweet Briar College,Hermle, Greif, and Greif Paper Mills. Amherst is home to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is based in the town of Amherston. The town is also home to a number of military bases, such as Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, which are located in the Kansas National Guard area of the United States. The U.N. has a presence in Amherton as well as in several other towns in Kansas and Kansas. The city is located on the Missouri River, which runs through the town. The river is the source of the town's nickname, "The Little River", which means "the little river" or "the river of life" in the local dialect. The community is also known as "The River City" because of its location in the River River valley, which flows through the center of the city. It is also the site of several businesses, including a shopping center, a college, and a paper mill, among other things. The population is about 6,000 people, with the majority of whom live in or near the city's downtown area. The majority of people live in the area's shopping centers, which provide jobs and income for the town and the surrounding area.

Town services

Amherst provides services for the town (and in some cases outside the corporate limits) including: water services, sewer services, refuse collection and street lights. Amherst is a non-profit community. The town is governed by a board of directors. The board is made up of members from the town, the city, and the surrounding area. The mayor is a member of the board of trustees, as is the mayor of the city of AmherSt. The council is composed of the following members: the mayor, the mayor's wife, the treasurer, the vice-president and the secretary of the council. The current mayor is Michael Schulder, who was elected in November 2013. The city is run by the Amherston Township Board of Trustees, which was formed in 1998. The Board of trustees was formed to serve the town and its surrounding areas. It was also formed to provide services to the town on a request-by-request basis. It is called the "Town Council" and was formed by the town's residents in November 2007. The Town Council was elected by the residents in April 2008. The first meeting was held in October 2009. The last meeting was in November 2010. The next meeting will be held in November 2011. The Council will meet again in November 2012, and will discuss the future of the town in the coming year. It will also discuss how to improve the city's water supply and sanitation system. The Mayor of the Town is the chairman of the Board ofTrustees, and is responsible for much of the community services.


There is no public transportation in Amherst. All forms of transportation and transportation services are privately owned. Lynchburg Regional Airport and Falwell Aviation, Inc., a general utility airport, are used by small aircraft for business and pleasure flying. Amtrak Crescent, using the NS mainline, passes through the town on its daily trip between Washington, D.C., and New Orleans and may be boarded at Lynchburg and Charlottesville. Greyhound Bus Company stops for passengers as necessary while traveling U.S. Route 29. Trucking service is provided by several interstate and intrastate motor freight companies located throughout Central Virginia. The town is home to Glad Manufacturing, a manufacturer of high-performance, high-tech, high speed rail cars and rail cars, which is located in the town's downtown area. It is also the home of the Virginia State Museum, which has a collection of historic buildings, including the National Gallery of Virginia, which dates back to the 17th century. It also hosts the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which was established in 1805. The Virginia State Library, which opened in 1809, is located on the campus of the College of William and Mary. It was the first state museum in the United States, and is the only one in the state to be named after a state. It has a museum collection of more than 1,000 items, including rare books, maps, and photographs. The library also has a large collection of maps, including many of the Civil War era battlefields.

Major highways and roads

U.S. Route 29 is a multilane highway passing from Baltimore, Maryland, through Amherst and southward to Pensacola, Florida. Route 60 is an east-west highway stretching from the Atlantic Ocean at Virginia Beach to the Pacific Ocean at Los Angeles. The area's link with Interstate 81 is Interstate 81, a northsouth interstate that passes through the Shenandoah Valley. There are two routes relating to U.S.-29 running through the town: U.S. 29 Business and U. s. 29. The former route was the former route of U. S. 29 but a bypass around the downtown area was constructed which made the former routing obsolete. The town is home to the Virginia State Museum, which is located in the town's downtown area. The state capitol is in Richmond, Virginia, about 45 miles north of the town. It is located at the intersection of Interstate 64 and Interstate 81. The city's population is about 4,000. The U.N. World Heritage Site is in the area, at the base of the Virginia-Virginia state line. It was the site of the American Civil War Battle of the Bulge, which took place between 1861 and 1865. The American Civil Liberties Union has a branch office in the city, which was established in the early 1900s. It has since been the seat of government for the state of Virginia since the statehood of the United States in 1858. The National Park Service has a base office in AmherSt.


Amherst does not have an emergency room, but does have several healthcare offices and organizations. In 2014, Centra announced that it plans to open a new ambulatory care facility in Amherst. The town is located near Lynchburg, Virginia, and is located in the Shenandoah Valley region of the state. The city has a population of around 2,000. AmherSt is located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. It is near the border with West Virginia and is in the Eastern Panhandle of the Virginia Panhandle. It also has a small portion of the Eastern Seaboard of Virginia, which is the state's easternmost region. The community has a reputation for being friendly and hospitable. It has a large number of businesses and organizations, including a rescue squad, a dialysis facility, and a family dental center. It was founded in the early 1900s, and has a history of being active in the community since the early 20th century. It currently has about 1,000 residents. The majority of its residents live in the town's central and eastern areas. The population is about 2,500. It lies on the eastern edge of Lynchburg and the eastern part of the southern Panhandle, which includes the towns of Charlottesville and Lynchburg. The area's largest employer is Centra's Lynchburg General Hospital, which also has an emergency care facility. The village has a number of non-profit organizations, such as a fire department, a nursing home, and an eye center.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia = 92.4. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 80. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 99. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Amherst = 4.4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 2,753 individuals with a median age of 46.7 age the population dropped by -19.18% in Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 444.72 residents per square mile of area (171.70/km²). There are average 2.07 people per household in the 797 households with an average household income of $39,605 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 6.70% of the available work force and has dropped -0.79% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 31.72%. The number of physicians in Amherst per 100,000 population = 30.7.


The annual rainfall in Amherst = 43.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 6 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 90. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 215. 87 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 24.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia which are owned by the occupant = 61.54%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 38 years with median home cost = $190,180 and home appreciation of 0.23%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $4.81 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,106 per student. There are 12 students for each teacher in the school, 192 students for each Librarian and 165 students for each Counselor. 5.08% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 13.88% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 5.61% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Amherst's population in Amherst County, Virginia of 1,344 residents in 1900 has increased 2,05-fold to 2,753 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 55.05% female residents and 44.95% male residents live in Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia.

    As of 2020 in Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia are married and the remaining 50.26% are single population.

  • 24 minutes is the average time that residents in Amherst require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    81.32% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 11.66% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.69% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.11% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia, 61.54% are owner-occupied homes, another 32.90% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.56% are vacant.

  • The 33.65% of the population in Amherst, Amherst County, Virginia who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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