Amherst, Maine

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Population in 2010: 265. Population change since 2000: +15.2%
 
Males: 139  (52.5%)
Females: 126  (47.5%)
Median resident age:  47.4 years
Maine median age:  43.0 years

Zip codes: 04605.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $38,000 (it was $26,042 in 2000)
Amherst:

$38,000
ME:

$53,079

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $26,093 (it was $16,548 in 2000)

Amherst town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $127,217 (it was $63,100 in 2000)
Amherst:

$127,217
ME:

$184,700
  • Races in Amherst, ME (2010)

    Amherst races chart
    • 26098.1%White alone
    • 41.5%Two or more races
    • 10.4%Hispanic

Races in Amherst detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Amherst: 91.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: English (23.0%), Irish (20.0%), German (13.9%), French (11.3%), United States (6.5%), Swedish (3.9%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 301 feet

Land area: 39.0 square miles.

Population density: 6.8 people per square mile   (very low).

Amherst,ME real estate house value index trend

Amherst, Maine map

For population 25 years and over in Amherst:

  • High school or higher: 80.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.7%
  • Unemployed: 12.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Amherst town:

  • Never married: 19.1%
  • Now married: 58.8%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 2.1%
  • Divorced: 19.1%

4 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.7%
Maine:

2.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Amherst town:  0.7% ($458)
Maine:  1.5% ($1,417)

Amherst satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Portland, ME (123.3 miles , pop. 64,249).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (220.1 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (391.5 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities: Aurora, ME (2.6 miles) , Clifton, ME (2.7 miles ), Mariaville, ME (2.9 miles ), Osborn, ME (2.9 miles) , Great Pond, ME (3.1 miles) , Otis, ME (3.1 miles ), Waltham, ME (3.2 miles ), Bradley, ME (3.3 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 6 buildings, average cost: $66,700
  • 2000: 1 building, cost: $118,000
  • 2001: 1 building, cost: $121,400
  • 2002: 2 buildings, average cost: $25,000
  • 2003: 3 buildings, average cost: $132,800
  • 2004: 2 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2005: 2 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2006: 2 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2007: 2 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $210,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $137,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 44.83 N, Longitude: 68.39 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 207

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.7%
Maine:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (27%)
  • Construction (21%)
  • Chemicals (8%)
  • Repair and maintenance (6%)
  • Wood products (4%)
  • Fuel dealers (4%)
  • Rail transportation (4%)
  • Educational services (21%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (12%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Food (7%)
  • U. S. Postal service (7%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (7%)
  • Social assistance (7%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (15%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Other protective service workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (16%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (12%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Therapists (7%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)

Work and jobs in Amherst: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Amherst, Maine

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Amherst-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Maine state average. It is 93% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/3/2006 at 00:07:38, a magnitude 4.3 (3.8 MB, 3.8 MW, 4.3 LG, Depth: 4.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 35.8 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 263.2 miles away from Amherst center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 184.0 miles away from the city center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 300.4 miles away from the city center
On 2/26/1999 at 03:38:43, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 2.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 60.8 miles away from Amherst center
On 9/16/1994 at 07:01:54, a magnitude 3.6 (3.5 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 33.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Hancock County (16) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 7, Snows: 5, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Amherst topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Amherst:

  • NEW HOPE HOSPICE INC (Hospital, about 11 miles away; EDDINGTON, ME)
  • TREATS FALLS HOUSE (Hospital, about 14 miles away; ORONO, ME)
  • ORONO COMMONS (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; ORONO, ME)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Amherst:

  • University of Maine (about 15 miles; Orono, ME; Full-time enrollment: 8,931)
  • Husson University (about 20 miles; Bangor, ME; FT enrollment: 2,421)
  • University of Maine at Augusta (about 78 miles; Augusta, ME; FT enrollment: 3,204)
  • University of Maine at Farmington (about 88 miles; Farmington, ME; FT enrollment: 2,036)
  • Southern Maine Community College (about 123 miles; South Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 4,666)
  • University of Southern Maine (about 124 miles; Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 6,647)
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine (about 125 miles; Standish, ME; FT enrollment: 2,010)

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Cemeteries: Amherst Cemetery (1), Hadley Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: Trout Pond (A), Debec Pond (B), Ducktail Pond (C), Dutton Pond (D), East Great Works Pond (E), Grassy Pond (F), Halfmile Pond (G), Indian Camp Ponds (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Indian Camp Brook (A), Warm Brook (B), Chick Brook (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hancock County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 73.5. This is about average.

City:

73.5
U.S.:

74.7

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 34.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 14.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

34.5
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 15.2. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 18.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.2
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 6.32. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 14.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.32
U.S.:

9.35
Average household size:
This town:  2.2 people
Maine:  2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  64.5%
Whole state:  62.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  12.4%
Whole state:  9.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 2.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.8% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

14.9%
Whole state:

10.9%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

6.8%
Whole state:

4.1%

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.7
Maine average:

11.2

Amherst travel time to work - commute Amherst mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Amherst town (based on Hancock County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4,69158
Catholic2,5239
Evangelical Protestant1,28823
Other82011
None45,096-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 32
Hancock County:

6.01 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 9
Hancock County:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 26
Hancock County:

4.89 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 115
Here:

21.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.02 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.4%
Maine:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Hancock County:

25.4%
Maine:

25.0%

5.45% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($38,886 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.45%
Maine average:

5.50%

0.08% of residents moved from foreign countries ($382 average AGI)
Hancock County:

0.08%
Maine average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Penobscot County, ME  1.18% ($36,406 average AGI)
from Washington County, ME  0.28% ($21,300)
from Waldo County, ME  0.26% ($30,875)


5.07% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,082 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.07%
Maine average:

5.62%

0.09% of residents moved to foreign countries ($362 average AGI)
Hancock County:

0.09%
Maine average:

0.05%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Penobscot County, ME  1.14% ($29,886 average AGI)
to Cumberland County, ME  0.36% ($31,947)
to Washington County, ME  0.21% ($33,364)

Strongest AM radio stations in Amherst:

  • WZON (620 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: THE ZONE CORPORATION)
  • WABI (910 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WDEA (1370 AM; 5 kW; ELLSWORTH, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WNZS (1340 AM; 1 kW; VEAZIE, ME; Owner: WATERFRONT COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  • WSKW (1160 AM; 10 kW; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INCORPORATED)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WTME (780 AM; 10 kW; RUMFORD, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKOX (1200 AM; 50 kW; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WALE (990 AM; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, RI; Owner: NORTH AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Amherst:

  • WMEH (90.9 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WEZQ (92.9 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WHCF (88.5 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: BANGOR BAPTIST CHURCH)
  • WWMJ (95.7 FM; ELLSWORTH, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WVOM (103.9 FM; HOWLAND, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKIT-FM (100.3 FM; BREWER, ME; Owner: THE ZONE CORPORATION)
  • WNSX (97.7 FM; WINTER HARBOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBFB (104.7 FM; BELFAST, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WWBX (97.1 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WERU-FM (89.9 FM; BLUE HILL, ME; Owner: SALT POND COMMUNITY B/C COMPANY)
  • WBZN (107.3 FM; OLD TOWN, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WLKE (99.1 FM; BAR HARBOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WFZX (101.7 FM; SEARSPORT, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBQI (107.7 FM; BAR HARBOR, ME; Owner: MARINER BROADCASTING, L.P.)
  • WQCB (106.5 FM; BREWER, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WMEB-FM (91.9 FM; ORONO, ME; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SYSTEM)

TV broadcast stations around Amherst:

  • WMEB-TV (Channel 12; ORONO, ME; Owner: MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W66CL (Channel 66; BANGOR, ME; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WBAN-LP (Channel 9; BANGOR, ME; Owner: BANGOR MEDIA GROUP, LLC)
  • WLBZ (Channel 2; BANGOR, ME; Owner: PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.)
  • WVII-TV (Channel 7; BANGOR, ME; Owner: BANGOR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBGR-LP (Channel 33; BANGOR/DEDHAM, ME; Owner: MAINE FAMILY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WFVX-LP (Channel 22; BANGOR, ME; Owner: ROCKFLEET BROADCASTING III, LLC)
  • W39CC (Channel 39; BANGOR, ME; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W42BZ (Channel 42; BANGOR, ME; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W50BX (Channel 50; BANGOR, ME; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W54CG (Channel 54; BANGOR, ME; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WCKD-LP (Channel 30; BANGOR/DEDHAM, ME; Owner: J. MCLEOD, ME FAMILY B/CING., INC.)

Amherst fatal accident list:

Jun 15, 2012 06:46 PM, Sr-9, Lat: 44.84493, Lon: -68.33741, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Jul 16, 2007 02:52 PM, Sr-9, Lat: 44.83357, Lon: -68.36068, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Jan 12, 2006 09:22 PM, Sr-9, Lat: 44.82966, Lon: -68.37148, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1
Sep 25, 1998 07:00 PM, Sr-9, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1
May 20, 1989 12:00 AM, 61996200, Vehicles: 3, Persons: 6, Fatalities: 1
Jul 4, 1978 09:30 AM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 5Number of bridges
  • 14m46ftTotal length
  • $1,263,000Total costs
  • 10,359Total average daily traffic
  • 678Total average daily truck traffic
  • 14,554Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic

Drinking water stations with addresses in Amherst and their reported violations in the past:

AMHERST GENERAL STORE (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In APR-2014, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-13-2014), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-13-2014), St Public Notif received (MAY-30-2014), St Compliance achieved (JUN-09-2014)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In FEB-2014, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-03-2014), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-03-2014), St Public Notif received (MAR-14-2014), St Compliance achieved (MAR-25-2014)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JAN-2014, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-30-2014), St Formal NOV issued (JAN-30-2014), St Public Notif received (FEB-10-2014), St Compliance achieved (MAR-25-2014)
  • MCL, Acute (TCR) - In OCT-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Tech Assistance Visit (OCT-27-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-27-2005), St Public Notif requested (OCT-27-2005), St Boil Water Order (OCT-27-2005), St Public Notif received (2 times from NOV-10-2005 to NOV-10-2005), St Compliance achieved (JAN-17-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (61%)
  • Wood (32%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6%)
  • Electricity (2%)

Amherst compared to Maine state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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