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Amherst is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 39,774 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Amherst is the 41st largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Amherst are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.
Amherst is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.45% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Amherst is a town of professionals, service providers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Amherst who work in teaching (17.36%), office and administrative support (13.95%) and food service (11.19%).
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Amherst has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
Of important note, Amherst is also a town of artists. Amherst has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Amherst’s character.
Also of interest is that Amherst has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Amherst telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 17.09% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Amherst is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Amherst have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Amherst’s economy is one such example of this.
Amherst, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the town.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Amherst is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Amherst area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Amherst, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Amherst is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 69.39% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Amherst in 2010 was $19,418, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $77,672 for a family of four. However, Amherst contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Amherst also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.76% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Amherst is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Amherst home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Amherst residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Amherst include Irish, English, Italian, German, Polish and French.
Amherst also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.75%.
The most common language spoken in Amherst is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.
|NUMBER OF HOMES AND APARTMENTS||8,844|
|AMHERST HOME OWNERSHIP|
|% OWNER OCCUPIED||25.36%|
|% RENTER OCCUPIED||74.64%|
|TYPE OF AMHERST HOMES|
|SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED||42.28%|
|ROWHOUSES AND ATTACHED HOMES||6.85%|
|SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS||14.20%|
|COMPLEXES OR HIGH RISE APARTMENTS||36.66%|
|SIZE OF AMHERST HOMES|
|5 OR MORE BEDROOMS||5.02%|
|AGE OF AMHERST HOMES|
|NEWER HOMES (2000 OR LATER)||6.32%|
|ESTABLISHED, BUT NOT OLD HOMES (1970-1999)||47.69%|
|WELL-ESTABLISHED, OLD HOMES (1940-1969)||24.82%|
|HISTORIC (1939 OR BEFORE)||21.18%|
|AMHERST REAL ESTATE INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|MEDIAN HOME VALUE||$345,727|
|MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE||$1,430|
|HOME VALUE RANGE|
|$0 - $51,000||1.40%|
|$51,001 - $102,000||1.16%|
|$102,001 - $203,000||7.00%|
|$203,001 - $305,000||27.27%|
|$305,001 - $407,000||30.66%|
|$407,001 - $508,000||18.03%|
|$508,001 - $762,000||11.96%|
|$762,001 - $1,017,000||2.14%|
|PEOPLE OF AMHERST||DETAILS|
|UNDER 5 YEARS||2.10%|
|5 TO 17||7.02%|
|18 TO 24||60.05%|
|25 TO 34||7.38%|
|35 TO 54||10.74%|
|55 TO 64||6.03%|
|65 YEARS AND OVER||6.67%|
|EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF ADULTS|
|HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES||95.99%|
|MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME||$52,537|
|PER CAPITA INCOME||$19,418|
|INDIVIDUALS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL||33.76%|
|INDUSTRIES PEOPLE WORK IN||Education (47.70%)
Professional, scientific, and technical services (4.18%)
|BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN||5.44%|
|AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE||0.34%|
|NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS||0.08%|
|SOME OTHER RACE ALONE||0.58%|
|TWO OR MORE RACES||2.60%|
|HISPANIC OR LATINO (OF ANY RACE)||6.74%|
|ETHNICITIES PRESENT||Irish (18.31%)
French Canadian (2.81%)
|LANGUAGES SPOKEN||English (85.27%)
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