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Amherst, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Amherst had a population of 2,154 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Amherst is located at latitude 37.5819 and longitude -79.052 in Amherst County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Amherst (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.9 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Amherst County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 761 feet.

The Town of Amherst (GNIS ID: 2390702) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Amherst population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Amherst: Amherst Court House, Seven Oaks, The Oaks.

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Amherst, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,154
Daytime Population: Workers 1,672
Daytime Population: Residents 1,281
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,953
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.37
Population in Households 1,715
Population in Familes 1,305
Population in Group Qrtrs 439
Population Density2 440
Diversity Index3 45


Median Household Income $49,782
Average Household Income $62,792
Per Capita Income $29,040


Total Housing Units 1,034 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 533 (51.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 348 (33.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 153 (14.8%)
Median Home Value $171,111
Average Home Value $201,222


Total Households 881
Average Household Size 1.95
Family Households 508
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.48% -0.23%
Households -0.83% -0.48%
Families -1.09% -0.68%
Median Household Income   1.08%
Per Capita Income   1.94%

Amherst, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Amherst to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 261 56th
Population Density # 391 34th
Diversity Index # 308 48th
Median Household Income # 312 48th
Per Capita Income # 231 61st

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