Amherst, NH
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Amherst is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 11,261 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 89.65% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Amherst is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Amherst who work in management occupations (18.60%), sales jobs (12.42%), and office and administrative support (11.30%).

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: 9.82% 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.

Amherst is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Amherst’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Amherst, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.59 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly 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 64.86% 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 $49,190, which is wealthy relative to New Hampshire and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $196,760 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, German, French , and Italian.

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

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