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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.

People

Total Population 11,247
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,620
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 65.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 64.9%
Median Earnings25+ $60,897
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $43,239

Wealth

Median Family Income $130,278
% Above Poverty Level 97.1%
% Below Poverty Level 2.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 9.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 14.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,679
Median House Value $334,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 25.4%
Irish 21.4%

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

Amherst Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles NW of Nashua, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hillsborough
Standard Zip Codes 03031
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.861
Longitude -71.625

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)

Station NASHUA 2 NNW
Distance 9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 45.4 inches
Station MASSABESIC LAKE
Distance 14.2 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 32 F
Apr Temp 29 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 82 F
Oct Temp 32 to 61 F
Annual Precip 39.8 inches
Station PETERBORO 2 S
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 44.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Litchfield 8,366 $105,981
Lyndeborough 1,707 $87,969
Merrimack 25,595 $101,786
Milford 15,194 $80,241
Mont Vernon 2,620 $109,286
Wilton 3,681 $90,134

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

Amherst Public Libraries

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

SOUHEGAN COOP HIGH SCHOOL
412 BOSTON POST RD
603-673-9940
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,036 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

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