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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,058
Male Share of the Population48.2%
Female Share of the Population51.8%
Senior Citizens18%
Employed Population 16+5,973
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married54.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.5%
Median Earnings25+$39,688
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,817
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,307

Wealth

Median Family Income$76,463
% Above Poverty Level91.8%
% Below Poverty Level8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone24.1%
Median Gross Rent$845
Median House Value$146,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14%
Irish12.7%
English11.2%
Italian10.9%
Polish9.9%
Hungarian5.1%
Slovak3.8%
French Except Basque2.5%
Scottish1.8%
Dutch1.7%
Arab1.2%
Ukrainian1.2%
Czech1.1%
Greek1%
Croatian1%
Swiss0.9%
Syrian0.9%
Russian0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Romanian0.5%
Serbian0.5%
Slovene0.5%
Danishn0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Macedonian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Bulgarian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Lithuanian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
German0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Amherst Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lorain County
Standard Zip Codes44001
Phone Area Codes440
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.4
Approximate Longitude-82.23

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)

StationELYRIA 3 E
Distance9 miles
Jan Temp19 to 35 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp44 to 65 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationOBERLIN
Distance9.1 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.2 inches
StationNORWALK WWTP
Distance22.4 miles
Jan Temp17 to 33 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip36.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Elyria53,928$49,652
Lorain63,714$44,022
Oberlin8,353$65,819
Sheffield4,045$86,667
South Amherst1,723$61,042
Vermilion10,491$65,316

Amherst Public Libraries

Amherst Public Library
221 SPRING ST
Amherst, Ohio
(440) 988-4230

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Amherst Hospitals

Specialty Hospital Of Lorain
(Non-profit)
254 Cleveland Avenue
(440) 988-6000
Community Specialty Hospital
254 Cleveland Avenue, 2nd Floor
(440) 988-6141

Amherst Public Schools

Amherst Junior High School
548 Milan Ave
ZIP: 44001
(440) 988-0324
Middle
Total Enrollment 639
Josiah Harris Elementary School
393 S Lake St
ZIP: 44001
(440) 984-2496
Primary
Total Enrollment 479
Marion L Steele High School
450 Washington St
ZIP: 44001
(440) 988-4433
High
Total Enrollment 1279
Powers Elementary School
401 Washington St
ZIP: 44001
(440) 988-8670
Primary
Total Enrollment 724
Walter G. Nord Middle School
501 Lincoln St
ZIP: 44001
(440) 988-4441
Middle
Total Enrollment 612

Amherst Private Schools

St Joseph Elementary School
175 Saint Joseph Dr
ZIP: 44001
Elementary
Total Enrollment 179
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