Amherst County VA Information


Amherst County Subdivisions

Amherst County VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 33,344
Population in Households 31,678
Population in Familes 26,190
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,666
Population Density1 70
Diversity Index2 41


Total Households 12,719
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 8,840
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 14,399 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,545 (66.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,174 (22.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,680 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $144,981
Average Home Value $185,757


Median Household Income $47,324
Average Household Income $56,096
Per Capita Income $22,725
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.48% 0.26%
Households 0.2% 0.21%
Families 0.09% 0.13%
Median Household Income   -1.12%
Per Capita Income   0.7%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Amherst County VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Amherst County to the other 134 counties / independent cities and county equivalents in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 55 60th
Population Density1 # 88 35th
Diversity Index2 # 72 47th
Median Household Income # 66 51st
Per Capita Income # 90 34th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.