Amherst, VA
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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, Amherst isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Amherst are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Amherst is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Amherst who work in office and administrative support (19.48%), teaching (11.52%), and management occupations (10.16%).

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.

Being a small town, Amherst does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The percentage of people in Amherst who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.74% of adults in Amherst have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Amherst in 2010 was $22,666, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $90,664 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, Irish, French , and Scots-Irish.

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

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