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Amherst is a town in Amherst County, in the Lynchburg metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for Lord Jeffrey Amherst, commander in the French and Indian War.
The latitude of Amherst is 37.585N. The longitude is -79.051W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 761 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 2,220.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Amherst demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Amherst County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Lynchburg area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 24521 ZIP code.
9% of Amherst residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Amherst ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Amherst was $18,457, compared with $21,587 nationally.
19% of Amherst residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in Amherst, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $281. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $823.
Libraries in Amherst include Amherst County Public Library ... View libraries
Amherst County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Amherst political report.
The average commute time for Amherst workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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