Amherst, VA

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Living in Amherst

Amherst is a very small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 2,110 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Amherst is the 214th largest community in Virginia.

Amherst is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. 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 office and administrative support (13.74%), food service (10.94%), and teaching (8.82%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Amherst telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.03% 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.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Amherst is worth considering.

Amherst is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The percentage of people in Amherst who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.87% of adults in Amherst have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Amherst in 2018 was $33,487, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $133,948 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 English, German, Irish, French, and European.

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

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