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Amherst, NH

amherst New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Amherst Community Development
R. Gordon Leedy, Jr., Director
PO Box 960
Amherst, NH 03031-0960
Telephone (603) 673-6041
Fax (603) 673-6794
E-mail gleedy@amherstnh.gov
Web Site www.amherstnh.gov/

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 9 am - 3 pm, also Tuesday, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 5
State Senate District 11
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 22, 41

Incorporated: 1760
Origin: This area was first granted in 1728 as Narragansett Number 3, settled by the families of soldiers who had fought at Narragansett, Rhode Island. In 1760, the town was named Amherst in honor of Lord Jeffrey Amherst (1717-1797), commander-in-chief of the colonial forces in the French and Indian War. Amherst was the birthplace of Horace Greeley (1811-1872), founder of the New York Tribune, a founder of the Republican Party, and 1872 Presidential candidate. For a brief time, Amherst was the county seat for Hillsborough County.
Villages and Place Names: Cricket Corner, Ponemah, Baboosic Lake
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 2,369 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Amherst totaled 9,178 over 57 years, from 2,051 in 1960 to 11,229 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 125 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, this was followed by a 79 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2017 Census estimate for Amherst was 11,229 residents, which ranked 27th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 330.9 persons per square mile of land area. Amherst contains 33.9 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018-2019 $14,516,881
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $25,477,899
Zoning Ordinance 1946/17
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Cemetery; Library; Trust Funds; Zoning
Appointed:Planning; Communications Infrastructure; Conservation; Heritage; Historic District; Recreation; Capital Improvement; Solid Waste
Public Library Amherst Town

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department On Call
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 12 miles 162
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 13 miles 126
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 13 miles 258

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Pennichuck Water Works
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.01
2017 Equalization Ratio 90.6
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.52
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.9%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,143
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,023
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 75
Five or More Units in Structure 31
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 14
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 11,229 409,697
2010 11,201 400,721
2000 10,834 382,384
1990 9,057 336,549
1980 8,243 276,608
1970 4,605 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   5,461 Female:   5,780
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 502
Age 5 to 19 2,579
Age 20 to 34 1,345
Age 35 to 54 3,157
Age 55 to 64 1,760
Age 65 and over 1,898
Median Age 45.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 98.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 64.4%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $55,164
Median family income $142,557
Median household income $127,246
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $100,926
Female $51,733
Individuals below the poverty level 1.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 6,296 6,141
Employed 6,108 5,990
Unemployed 188 151
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $992 $1,164
Average Weekly Wage $1,002 $1,217
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $3,122 $2,969
Average Weekly Wage $771 $865
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $4,113 $4,133
Average Weekly Wage $827 $964
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $610 $581
Average Weekly Wage $853 $962
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $4,723 $4,714
Average Weekly Wage $830 $964

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Amherst operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Souhegan Cooperative (Amherst, Mont Vernon) SAU 39
Career Technology Center(s): Milford HS & Applied Technology Center; Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Ed Center (Hudson); Nashua Technology Center Region: 16
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 2
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 672 637 787 56
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 9 Total Capacity: 545
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: St. Anselm; Rivier; Daniel Webster

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Wal-Mart Retail store 200 1992
H & M Metals, Inc. Steel metal fabrication 130 1970
Diacom Corporation Fabric-elastomer diaphragms 93 1983
Resin System Corporation Custom cast thermoset plastic 52 1972
Vibrac Corporation Torque test instruments 15 1971
Rontex America, Inc. Nonwoven fabrics 23 1976
Lowe's Home improvement center

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 13, 101, 101A, 122
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exit 11; I-293, Exit 4
Distance 9 miles; 12 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Boire Field, NashuaRunway6,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 15 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 16 miles
Portland, ME 110 miles
Boston, MA 56 miles
New York City, NY 226 miles
Montreal, Quebec 262 miles

(ACS 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.2%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 0.2%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 12.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 22.1%
Commuting to another NH community 57.4%
Commuting out-of-state 20.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak; Crotched Mountain
Other: Swimming Lake; Youth Lacrosse; Ponemah Bog Sanctuary; Peabody Mill Environmental Center; Joe English Reservation; Hiking Trails

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2019. Community Response Received 5/30/18

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