Amherst, NH
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Living in Amherst


Amherst is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 11,229 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Amherst is the 27th largest community in New Hampshire.

Amherst home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Hampshire, but Amherst real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Amherst is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.40% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Amherst is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Amherst who work in management occupations (18.96%), sales jobs (13.82%), and office and administrative support (11.62%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.32% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

Because of many things, Amherst is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Amherst really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Amherst perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Amherst is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Amherst, the average commute to work is 32.10 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

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 64.43% 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 $55,164, which is wealthy relative to New Hampshire and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $220,656 for a family of four.

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, French, and German.

The most common language spoken in Amherst is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.


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