For population 25 years and over in Amherst:
For population 15 years and over in Amherst town:
4,605 residents are foreign born (7.7% Asia, 2.2% Europe, 2.1% Latin America).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Chicopee, MA (14.6 miles , pop. 54,653).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (72.8 miles , pop. 589,141).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (126.9 miles , pop. 1,332,650).
Nearest cities: Amherst Center, MA (0.8 miles ), North Amherst, MA (1.5 miles ), South Amherst, MA (1.6 miles ), Hadley, MA (1.8 miles ), Pelham, MA (2.1 miles ), Hatfield, MA (2.2 miles ), Sunderland, MA (2.6 miles ).
Single-family new house construction building permits:
Latitude: 42.37 N, Longitude: 72.51 W
Area code: 413
City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.
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Crime rate in Amherst detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 47 (45 officers).
Work and jobs in Amherst: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute
Average climate in Amherst, Massachusetts
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Amherst-area historical tornado activity is above Massachusetts state average. It is 36% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 6/9/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 18.7 miles away from the Amherst town center killed 90 people and injured 1228 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.
On 10/3/1979, a category F4 tornado 24.4 miles away from the town center killed 3 people and injured 500 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.
Earthquake activity:Amherst-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Massachusetts state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 90.6 miles away from the city center
On 10/2/1994 at 11:27:22, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 12.2 miles away from Amherst center
On 10/2/1994 at 14:36:36, a magnitude 3.3 (3.1 LG, 3.3 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 15.1 miles away from the city center
On 6/16/2000 at 04:02:53, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 6.1 mi) earthquake occurred 24.6 miles away from the city center
On 10/6/1992 at 15:38:04, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 81.0 miles away from Amherst center
On 3/22/1996 at 20:22:12, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 MD, 3.1 LG, Depth: 7.4 mi) earthquake occurred 80.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)
Natural disasters:The number of natural disasters in Hampshire County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 7
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Snowstorms: 3, Storms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Hurricanes: 2, Snows: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Birthplace of: Margaret Morse Nice - Ornithologist, Sandy Darity, Jr. - Economists, Stuart Symington - Politician, Helen Palmer Geisel - Children's writer, Julie McNiven - Film actor, Michael Hixon - Diver, Charles Henry Hitchcock - Geologist, Ellen Moran - Politician, Helen Hunt Jackson - novelist, John Henry (catcher) - Baseball player.
Amtrak station:AMHERST (RAILROAD ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, free short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
Local government website: www.town.amherst.ma.us
Colleges/Universities in Amherst:
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Amherst:
Public high school in Amherst:
Public elementary/middle schools in Amherst:
See full list of schools located in Amherst, map of school districts: AMHERST, AMHERST-PELHAM
Private elementary/middle schools in Amherst:
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Air Quality Index (AQI)
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.350. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.6 miles away from the city center.
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 1.06. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 4.7 miles away from the city center.
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 6.66. This is significantly better than average. There were 22 monitors within city limits.
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 28.7. This is about average. There were 22 monitors within city limits.
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.23. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 10.5 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.25. This is about average. There were 5 monitors within city limits.
Drinking water stations with addresses in Amherst that have no violations reported:
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Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
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Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
People in group quarters in Amherst in 2010:
People in group quarters in Amherst in 2000:
Amherst compared to Massachusetts state average:
Banks with branches in Amherst (2011 data):
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2008 Presidential Elections Results
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Religion statistics for Amherst (based on Hampshire County data)Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 33.77%
Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations
Tables represent county-level data.
Food Environment Statistics:
Number of grocery stores: 32
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 24
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 30
Number of full-service restaurants: 158
Adult diabetes rate:
Adult obesity rate:
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
8.03% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($36,450 average adjusted gross income)
0.74% of residents moved from foreign countries ($524 average AGI)
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
8.33% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($38,073 average adjusted gross income)
0.16% of residents moved to foreign countries ($351 average AGI)
Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
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See more detailed statistics of Amherst fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 15See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Amherst, MA
Total length: 26 meters (85ft)
Total costs: $9,856,000
Total average daily traffic: 86,580
Total average daily truck traffic: 5,774
Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic: 136,737
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:2
FCC Registered Antenna Towers:4
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:24 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Amherst, MA)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers:14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers:1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:91 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Amherst)
FAA Registered Aircraft:12 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Amherst)
2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:
See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Amherst, MA
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Total of 300 patent applications in 2008-2013.