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.

Amherst Almanac

County Hillsborough County
Standard Zip Codes03031
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.86
Approximate Longitude-71.61

Amherst Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

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
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
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

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LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Amherst Public Libraries

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

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Amherst Public Schools

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

Amherst Private Schools

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