Amherst is a very small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 2,210 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Amherst is the 201st largest community in Virginia.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Amherst is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Amherst is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Amherst who work in teaching (14.79%), office and administrative support (13.98%), and management occupations (8.75%).
Overall, Amherst’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.
As is often the case in a small town, Amherst doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The population of Amherst overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Amherst, 23.39% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Amherst in 2010 was $21,211, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,844 for a family of four. However, Amherst contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Amherst include German, Scots-Irish, Irish, and French .
The most common language spoken in Amherst is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.