Introduction to Amherst, Ohio

Amherst, Ohio is 4 miles SW of Lorain, Ohio (center to center) and 28 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio. It is in Lorain County. The city is part of the Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria metro area.

Amherst History

Amherst was founded by Jacob Shupe and was named after Amherst, New Hampshire. The area was settled between the years 1811 and 1816 by German immigrants. Shupe started the early industries and established the first sawmill, gristmill and distillery in Amherst. It is known as the Sandstone Center of the World and a number of early buildings were made of native sandstone. The area also included nine sandstone quarries. The Cleveland Quarries Company was established in Amherst in 1868.

Amherst and Nearby Attractions

  • Amherst Historical Society Museum.
  • Quigley Museum.
  • Black River Reservation.
  • Hickories Museum.
  • Carlisle Reservation.
  • French Creek Reservation.

Things To Do In Amherst

While staying in Amherst, you can go for picnics to the Beavercreek Reservation. You can visit the Maude Neiding Park and Anna Schmauch Memorial Pool. The city also offers four picnic shelters. The Veterans Park and DePaola and Jaworski Parks are also worth visiting. You can enjoy shopping at Liberty Bell Shopping Center, Milan Avenue Shopping Center and Amherst Plaza Shopping Center.

Amherst Transportation

Lorain County Regional Airport can be reached in a few minutes.

Amherst Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are provided by Oberlin College, Ashland University, Lorain County Community College, Cleveland State University and Baldwin-Wallace College.


Total Population 12,114
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 18.9%
Employed Population 16+ 5,914
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 53.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.2%
Median Earnings25+ $38,507
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,016
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,679


Median Family Income $73,153
% Above Poverty Level 92%
% Below Poverty Level 8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 24.1%
Median Gross Rent $787
Median House Value $148,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.7%
US/American 0%
English 12.4%
Irish 14.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Amherst Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles SW of Lorain, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 28 miles W of Cleveland, Ohio
County Lorain
Standard Zip Codes 44001
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.397
Longitude -82.222

Amherst Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ELYRIA 3 E
Distance 9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Distance 9.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Distance 22.4 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Amherst, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Brownhelm (44001)

Henrietta (44001)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Elyria 54,050 $48,191
Lorain 63,778 $42,702

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Amherst Public Libraries

Amherst Public Library
Amherst, Ohio
(440) 988-4230
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Amherst Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(440) 988-6100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Amherst High Schools

Serves 1,336 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

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