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Overview

Introduction to Amherst, New Hampshire

Amherst, New Hampshire is 10 miles NW of Nashua, New Hampshire and 45 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. It is in Hillsborough county.

Amherst History

New Hampshire was initially a part of Massachusett’ss northern frontier. Prior to 1675, Algonquian-speaking Native Americans inhabited the area. The area was then known as "souhegan West." New Hampshire was officially separated from Massachusetts in 1742. Amherst Village was incorporated as the Town of Amherst in 1760. The community was named in honor of Lord Jeffrey Amherst.

Amherst and nearby Attractions

  • Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum
  • SEE Science Center
  • Millyard Museum
  • Miller State Park
  • Bear Brook State Park

Things To Do In Amherst

Dream Lake and Little Baboosic Lake are popular local recreational spots. One may also visit the Ponemah Bog Wildlife Refuge from Amherst. The numerous parks in the area include the Curtiss Dogwood Natural Area, the Marshall State Forest and the Greenfield State Park.

Amherst Transportation

Logan International is the nearest major airport.

Amherst Higher Education

One can pursue higher studies at New Hampshire College, Middlesex Community College, Fitchburg State College and Brandeis University.

Demographics

People

Total Population11,254
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens15.5%
Employed Population 16+5,805
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married63.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher63.6%
Median Earnings25+$60,280
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$42,955

Wealth

Median Family Income$131,205
% Above Poverty Level97.6%
% Below Poverty Level2.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home11.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone15.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,667
Median House Value$337,200

Ancestry

Irish23.9%
English22.8%
German11.5%
Italian11.3%
French Except Basque11.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)6.9%
Polish5.6%
Canadian4.8%
Scottish4%
Swedish2.1%
Russian1.8%
Welsh1.5%
Greek1.4%
Norwegian1.2%
Dutch1.1%
Czech1.1%
Turkish1%
Ukrainian1%
Portuguese0.8%
African0.8%
Danishn0.6%
Finnish0.6%
Ethiopian0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Arab0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Swiss0.4%
US/American0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
South African0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Iranian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Amherst Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hillsborough County
Standard Zip Codes3031
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.86
Approximate Longitude-71.61

Amherst Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNASHUA 2 NNW
Distance9 miles
Jan Temp12 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip45.4 inches
StationMASSABESIC LAKE
Distance14.2 miles
Jan Temp5 to 32 F
Apr Temp29 to 56 F
Jul Temp55 to 82 F
Oct Temp32 to 61 F
Annual Precip39.8 inches
StationPETERBORO 2 S
Distance16.5 miles
Jan Temp9 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 54 F
Jul Temp56 to 79 F
Oct Temp35 to 58 F
Annual Precip44.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Litchfield8,382$105,505
Lyndeborough1,738$89,188
Merrimack25,580$103,998
Milford15,206$84,604
Mont Vernon2,463$103,281
Wilton3,677$86,313

Amherst Public Libraries

Amherst Town Library
14 MAIN STREET
Amherst, New Hampshire
(603) 673-2288

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Amherst Public Schools

Amherst Middle School
Cross Rd.
ZIP: 3031
(603) 673-8944
Middle
Total Enrollment 640
Souhegan Coop High School
412 Boston Post Rd.
ZIP: 3031
(603) 673-9940
High
Total Enrollment 842
Clark-wilkins School
80 Boston Post Rd.
ZIP: 3031
(603) 673-4411
Primary
Total Enrollment 612

Amherst Private Schools

Kids Inn Early Learning Center
67 State Route 101a
ZIP: 3031
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Sunrise Children's Center
94 Rt 101 A
ZIP: 3031
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
Country Village Montessori School
2 Overlook Dr
ZIP: 3031
Elementary
Total Enrollment 18
The Summit School
31 Old Nashua Rd Ste 1
ZIP: 3031
Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
The Rsec Academy
31 Old Nashua Rd
ZIP: 3031
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 42
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