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Amherst, NH

amherst New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Amherst
Dean Shankle, Town Administrator
2 Main Street
Amherst, NH 03031-0960
Telephone (603) 673-6041
Fax (603) 673-6794
E-mail dshankle@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, extended hours 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 District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District 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 6,788 over 49 years, from 4,605 in 1970 to 11,393 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 79 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2019 Census estimate for Amherst was 11,393 residents, which ranked 27th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 335.8 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, 2019-2020 $20,042,349
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019-2020 $48,062,826
Zoning Ordinance 1946/20
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 135
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 13 miles 251

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
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.96
2019 Equalization Ratio 84.4
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.57
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.9%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,279
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,094
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 131
Five or More Units in Structure 40
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 14
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 11,393 417,025
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) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   5,475 Female:   5,858
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 718
Age 5 to 19 2,165
Age 20 to 34 1,525
Age 35 to 54 2,809
Age 55 to 64 2,135
Age 65 and over 1,981
Median Age 45.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 99.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 62.8%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $62,321
Median family income $152,900
Median household income $138,994
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $107,717
Female $60,091
Individuals below the poverty level 1.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 6,305 6,369
Employed 5,987 6,218
Unemployed 318 151
Unemployment Rate 5.0% 2.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 770 1,172
Average Weekly Wage $895 $1,188
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,183 3,140
Average Weekly Wage $744 $945
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 3,953 4,312
Average Weekly Wage $773 $1,011
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 610 589
Average Weekly Wage $906 $1,005
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 4,563 4,900
Average Weekly Wage $791 $1,010

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 681 637 740 54
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 9 Total Capacity: 568
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 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.3%
Other Means 15.1%
Worked at home 20.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 23.4%
Commuting to another NH community 56.6%
Commuting out-of-state 20.0%
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
Tourist 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, 2021. Community Response Received 8/4/20

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