Amherst, New York

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Population in 2010: 122,366.
Population change since 2000: +5.0%
 
Males: 57,941  (47.4%)
Females: 64,425  (52.6%)
Median resident age:

40.2 years
New York median age:

40.7 years

Zip codes: 14221.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $79,912 (it was $55,427 in 2000)
Amherst:

$79,912
NY:

$64,894

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $43,309 (it was $27,647 in 2000)

Amherst town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $202,314 (it was $116,400 in 2000)
Amherst:

$202,314
NY:

$314,500

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $190,212; detached houses: $194,147; townhouses or other attached units: $216,607; in 2-unit structures: $152,609; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $180,881; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $266,341; mobile homes: $48,068
March 2019 cost of living index in Amherst: 107.1 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Amherst, NY (2010)
    • 100,77882.4%White alone
    • 9,6437.9%Asian alone
    • 6,7655.5%Black alone
    • 2,8702.3%Hispanic
    • 1,9291.6%Two or more races
    • 1960.2%American Indian alone
    • 1590.1%Other race alone
    • 260.02%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

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



According to our research of New York and other state lists, there were 16 registered sex offenders living in Amherst, New York as of September 18, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Amherst is 7,648 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.


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Ancestries: German (25.6%), Italian (17.8%), Irish (16.5%), Polish (13.0%), English (10.2%), French (3.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1818

Elevation: 600 feet

Land area: 53.2 square miles.

Population density: 2,298 people per square mile   (low).

Amherst, New York map

10,511 residents are foreign born (3.6% Asia, 3.3% Europe, 1.3% North America).

This town:

9.0%
New York:

20.4%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Amherst town:

3.2% ($3,771)
New York:

1.9% ($2,847)

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Buffalo, NY (7.6 miles , pop. 292,648).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (279.5 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

University at Buffalo, NY (1.2 miles ),
Williamsville, NY (1.6 miles ),
Eggertsville, NY (1.7 miles ),
Harris Hill, NY (2.2 miles ),
Cheektowaga, NY (2.4 miles ),
Kenmore, NY (2.4 miles ),
Tonawanda, NY (2.4 miles ),
Clarence, NY (2.4 miles )

Latitude: 42.99 N, Longitude: 78.76 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 716

Distribution of median household income in Amherst, NY in 2017
Amherst satellite photo by USGS

Amherst tourist attractions:

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 88 buildings, average cost: $158,800
  • 1998: 125 buildings, average cost: $142,700
  • 1999: 137 buildings, average cost: $150,100
  • 2000: 179 buildings, average cost: $193,100
  • 2001: 250 buildings, average cost: $182,500
  • 2002: 299 buildings, average cost: $183,300
  • 2003: 259 buildings, average cost: $193,500
  • 2004: 194 buildings, average cost: $223,000
  • 2005: 229 buildings, average cost: $199,000
  • 2006: 132 buildings, average cost: $248,900
  • 2007: 134 buildings, average cost: $244,700
  • 2008: 77 buildings, average cost: $279,500
  • 2009: 83 buildings, average cost: $223,700
  • 2010: 106 buildings, average cost: $250,400
  • 2011: 65 buildings, average cost: $315,700
  • 2012: 55 buildings, average cost: $282,800
  • 2013: 82 buildings, average cost: $304,900
  • 2014: 84 buildings, average cost: $343,600
  • 2015: 111 buildings, average cost: $296,600
  • 2016: 77 buildings, average cost: $355,200
  • 2017: 66 buildings, average cost: $363,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Amherst, NY residents
Average permit cost in Amherst, NY
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.2%
New York:

4.1%
Unemployment by year
Historical population in Amherst, NY
Historical housing units in Amherst, NY
Most common industries in Amherst, NY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (16.4%)
  • Health care (11.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (8.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.2%)
  • Public administration (4.4%)
  • Construction (3.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (10.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (9.6%)
  • Health care (7.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.9%)
  • Public administration (5.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.3%)
  • Construction (5.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (23.0%)
  • Health care (16.0%)
  • Finance & insurance (7.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.0%)
  • Public administration (3.1%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (2.8%)
Most common occupations in Amherst, NY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.0%)
  • Top executives (2.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.4%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5.4%)
  • Top executives (4.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.6%)
  • Computer specialists (3.7%)
  • Engineers (3.6%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (3.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.6%)
  • Registered nurses (4.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.9%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.8%)

Average climate in Amherst, New York

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Amherst, New York average temperatures Amherst, New York average precipitation Amherst, New York humidity Amherst, New York wind speed Amherst, New York snowfall Amherst, New York sunshine Amherst, New York clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 62.4. This is about average.

City:

62.4
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.255. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.255
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 6.43. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.43
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.408. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.408
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 30.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

30.2
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 7.50. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.50
U.S.:

8.46
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2003 was 0.00542. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 7.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00542
U.S.:

0.00984

Tornado activity:

Amherst-area historical tornado activity is below New York state average. It is 77% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/19/1970, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 22.6 miles away from the Amherst town center injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 7/7/1961, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 0.9 miles away from the town center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Amherst-area historical earthquake activity is near New York state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 133.4 miles away from the city center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 155.9 miles away from Amherst center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 231.6 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) earthquake occurred 272.4 miles away from Amherst center
On 1/26/2001 at 03:03:20, a magnitude 4.4 (3.9 MB, 4.4 LG, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 126.9 miles away from Amherst center
On 11/26/1999 at 22:33:01, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.4 LG, Depth: 8.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 50.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Erie County (20) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 10

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 7, Floods: 6, Snowstorms: 6, Hurricanes: 2, Snows: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Power Outage: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Amherst topographic map

Main business address for: YALE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS INC (CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY & EQUIP), COLUMBUS MCKINNON CORP (CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY & EQUIP).

Hospitals and medical centers in Amherst:

  • ASPIRE OF WESTERN NEW YORK, INC. (73 PEPPERTREE DR)
  • AUTISTIC SERVICES, INC. (80 ACACIA DR)
  • ELDERWOOD HEALTH CARE AT WEDGEWOOD (4459 BAILEY AVE)
  • SUBURBAN DIALYSIS CENTER (1542 MAPLE ROAD)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH CARE AMHERST (1127 WEHRLE DRIVE, SUITE 50)

Amtrak stations near Amherst:

  • 7 miles: BUFFALO-DEPEW (DEPEW, 55 DICK RD.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, call for taxi service.
  • 10 miles: BUFFALO-EXCHANGE STREET (BUFALO, EXCHANGE BTW ELLICOTT & WASHINGTON) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
  • 16 miles: NIAGARA FALLS (27TH & LOCKPORT RD.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service.

College/University in Amherst:

  • Daemen College (Full-time enrollment: 2,365; Location: 4380 Main St; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.daemen.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Amherst:

  • University at Buffalo (about 2 miles; Buffalo, NY; Full-time enrollment: 25,415)
  • Medaille College (about 7 miles; Buffalo, NY; FT enrollment: 2,361)
  • Canisius College (about 7 miles; Buffalo, NY; FT enrollment: 4,376)
  • Buffalo State SUNY (about 8 miles; Buffalo, NY; FT enrollment: 10,439)
  • D'Youville College (about 10 miles; Buffalo, NY; FT enrollment: 2,398)
  • Erie Community College (about 10 miles; Buffalo, NY; FT enrollment: 11,035)
  • Niagara County Community College (about 12 miles; Sanborn, NY; FT enrollment: 4,757)

Public high schools in Amherst:

  • JOHN F KENNEDY JR SCHOOL (Students: 433, Location: 57-12 94TH ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • PAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 259, Location: 45-10 94TH ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • NEWTOWN HIGH SCHOOL (Location: 48-01 90TH ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • IS 5 THE WALTER CROWLEY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Location: 50-40 JACOBUS ST, Grades: 6-9)
  • CIVIC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (Location: 45-10 94TH ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • VOYAGES PREPARATORY (Location: 45-10 94TH ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • MASPETH HIGH SCHOOL (Location: 54-40 74TH ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FOR HEALTH SCIENCES (Location: 48-01 90TH ST, Grades: 9-10)

Private high schools in Amherst:

  • JEWISH INSTITUTE OF QUEENS (Students: 403, Location: 6005 WOODHAVEN BLVD, Grades: PK-12)
  • CATHEDRAL PREP SEMINARY (Students: 176, Location: 5625 92ND ST, Grades: 9-12, Boys only)

Public elementary/middle schools in Amherst:

  • PS 89 ELMHURST (Students: 1,719, Location: 85-28 BRITTON AVE, Grades: KG-5)
  • PS 13 CLEMENT C MOORE (Students: 1,325, Location: 55-01 94TH ST, Grades: KG-5)
  • PS 7 LOUIS F SIMEONE (Students: 1,230, Location: 80-55 CORNISH AVE, Grades: KG-3)
  • PS 102 BAYVIEW (Students: 1,024, Location: 55-24 VAN HORN ST, Grades: KG-8)
  • 51ST AVENUE ACADEMY (THE PATH TO ACADEMIC EXCELLEN (Students: 461, Location: 76-05 51ST AVE, Grades: 4-5)
  • ELM TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Location: 86-37 53RD AVE, Grades: KG-1)
  • CORONA ARTS AND SCIENCES ACADEMY (Location: 45-10 94TH ST, Grades: 6-7)
  • CENTRAL QUEENS ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL (Location: 55-30 JUNCTION BLVD, Grades: 5-7, Charter school)

Private elementary/middle schools in Amherst:

  • ST ADALBERT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 394, Location: 5217 83RD ST, Grades: PK-8)
  • ST BARTHOLOMEW SCHOOL (Students: 273, Location: 4415 JUDGE ST, Grades: PK-8)
See full list of schools located in Amherst

Library in Amherst:

  • AMHERST PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $2,500,313; Location: 350 JOHN JAMES AUDUBON PARKWAY; 264,298 books; 30,594 audio materials; 38,287 video materials; 58 local licensed databases; 14 state licensed databases; 4 other licensed databases; 549 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • the Kadimah Private school bought the Martin luther king school. They are located where the martin luther king school use to be address. MARTIN LUTHER CHRN SCHOOL (Students: 0; Location: 1085 EGGERT ROAD; Grades: default) KADIMAH SCHOOL OF BUFFALO (Students: 161; Location: 1085 EGGERT ROAD; Grades: PK - 8-Great School! added by bb

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Amherst: Buffalo Country Club (A), Westwood Country Club (B), Williamsville Toll Plaza (C), Transit Valley Country Club (D), Glen Oak Golf Course (E), Amherst Town Wastewater Treatment Plant 16 (F), Park Country Club (G), Badding Brothers Farm (H), Beechwood Home (I), Mary Lou Rath Child Care Center (J), Spring Student Center (K), Kittinger Hall (L), Gleasner Hall (M), Bretschger Hall (N), Daemen Hall (O), Charles L And Gloria B Lumsden Gymnasium (P), Canavan Hall (Q), Serra Hall (R), Rosary Hall (S), Schenck Hall (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Northtown Plaza Shopping Center (1), Boulevard Mall Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Main business address in Amherst include: YALE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS INC (A), COLUMBUS MCKINNON CORP (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Amherst include: Saint John Marons Church (A), Saint Pauls Church (B), Saint Pius the X Church (C), Saint Theodore Orthodox Church (D), Saint John Lutheran Church (E), Trinity Lutheran Church (F), Kingdom Hall (G), All Saints Episcopal Church (H), Amherst Alliance Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Saint Michaels Cemetery (1), Skinnersville Cemetery (2), White Chapel Memorial Cemetery (3), Saint Pauls Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Got Creek (A), Ransom Creek (B), Black Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Amherst include: Royal Playground (1), Garnett Playground (2), Ellicott Island Park (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotel: Comfort Inn University (1 Flint Road) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Birthplace of: Rob Gronkowski - Football tight end, Dan Gronkowski - Football player, Thomas McCollum - Ice hockey goaltender, Andrew Orpik - Ice hockey player, Chris Gadley - College basketball player (Hofstra Flying Dutchmen), Hugh B. Scott - Judge, Phil DeSimone - Ice hockey player, Shane Sims - Ice hockey player.

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

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

DJ S CAMPGROUND (Population served: 40, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Amherst that have no violations reported:

  • MOUNTAIN MEADOWS CAMPGROUND (Address: 17 Eastwick Drive , Population served: 160, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This town:

2.3 people
New York:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

61.0%
Whole state:

63.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

4.3%
Whole state:

6.8%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

6.4%
Whole state:

14.6%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

3.0%
Whole state:

7.4%

People in group quarters in Amherst in 2010:

  • 6,532 people in college/university student housing
  • 1,354 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 320 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 87 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 49 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 16 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 6 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)

People in group quarters in Amherst in 2000:

  • 4,817 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,714 people in nursing homes
  • 424 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 156 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 105 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 71 people in other group homes
  • 52 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 26 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 19 people in religious group quarters
  • 13 people in homes for the mentally ill

Banks with most branches in Amherst (2011 data):

  • Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company: 8 branches. Info updated 2011/08/08: Bank assets: $76,887.1 mil, Deposits: $60,064.2 mil, headquarters in Buffalo, NY, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 808 total offices, Holding Company: M&T Bank Corporation
  • KeyBank National Association: Sheridan-Harlem Ii Branch, Tops Maple Road Branch, South Campus Branch, Northtown Branch. Info updated 2008/03/03: Bank assets: $86,198.8 mil, Deposits: $64,214.8 mil, headquarters in Cleveland, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1067 total offices, Holding Company: Keycorp
  • RBS Citizens, National Association: University Plaza/Tops Branch, Creekside, Northtown Branch, Maple Road-Amherst/Tops Branch. Info updated 2007/09/19: Bank assets: $106,940.6 mil, Deposits: $75,690.2 mil, headquarters in Providence, RI, positive income, 1135 total offices, Holding Company: Uk Financial Investments Limited
  • First Niagara Bank, National Association: West Amherst Branch at 3105 Niagara Falls Boulevard, branch established on 2006/12/04; Amherst Branch at 1531 Niagara Falls Blvd., branch established on 2000/01/03. Info updated 2011/06/09: Bank assets: $32,750.6 mil, Deposits: $19,595.4 mil, headquarters in Buffalo, NY, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 351 total offices, Holding Company: First Niagara Financial Group, Inc.
  • Citibank, National Association: Buffalo Branch at 4224 Ridge Lea Road, branch established on 1989/06/12; Hopkins & Klein Branch at 804 Hopkins Road, branch established on 2011/08/29. Info updated 2012/01/10: Bank assets: $1,288,658.0 mil, Deposits: $882,541.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, International Specialization, 1048 total offices, Holding Company: Citigroup Inc.
  • HSBC Bank USA, National Association: Audubon Branch at 665 North French Road, branch established on 1986/08/15; Northtown Plaza Branch at 3051 Sheridan Drive, branch established on 1953/07/01. Info updated 2010/11/30: Bank assets: $206,009.7 mil, Deposits: $149,026.8 mil, headquarters in Mc Lean, VA, positive income, 474 total offices, Holding Company: Hsbc Holdings Plc
  • Evans Bank, National Association: Amherst Office Branch at 3388 Sheridan Drive, branch established on 2002/12/02. Info updated 2009/07/27: Bank assets: $730.9 mil, Deposits: $618.8 mil, headquarters in Angola, NY, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 14 total offices, Holding Company: Evans Bancorp, Inc.
  • Northwest Savings Bank: Amherst Branch at 3150 Sheridan Drive, branch established on 2004/05/24. Info updated 2009/11/23: Bank assets: $7,975.9 mil, Deposits: $5,985.6 mil, headquarters in Warren, PA, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 172 total offices
  • Five Star Bank: Amherst Branch at 5491 Sheridan Drive, branch established on 2005/02/22. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $2,329.4 mil, Deposits: $1,941.7 mil, headquarters in Warsaw, NY, positive income, 50 total offices, Holding Company: Financial Institutions, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Amherst:

Marital status in Amherst, NY
  • Never married: 23.6%
  • Now married: 60.7%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 7.7%
  • Divorced: 6.6%

For population 25 years and over in Amherst:

  • High school or higher: 91.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 47.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 22.6%
  • Unemployed: 9.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.4
New York average:

14.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Amherst, NY (based on Erie County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic352,894111
Mainline Protestant62,675212
Evangelical Protestant49,435209
Other34,07679
Black Protestant24,19269
Orthodox4,1039
None391,665-
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: 236
Erie County:

2.59 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.13 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 5
This county:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 125
This county:

1.37 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 228
Here:

2.50 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 740
Erie County:

8.11 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

8.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Erie County:

9.8%
State:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Erie County:

26.9%
New York:

23.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Erie County:

13.4%
New York:

15.6%

2.63% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($51,154 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

2.63%
New York average:

4.90%

0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($562 average AGI)
Erie County:

0.03%
New York average:

0.05%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Niagara County, NY  0.49% ($44,193 average AGI)
from Monroe County, NY  0.13% ($47,461)
from Cattaraugus County, NY  0.09% ($38,296)


3.21% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($57,298 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.21%
New York average:

5.85%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($739 average AGI)
Erie County:

0.05%
New York average:

0.10%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Niagara County, NY  0.51% ($45,440 average AGI)
to Monroe County, NY  0.13% ($50,925)
to Cattaraugus County, NY  0.09% ($38,526)
Businesses in Amherst, NY
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1La-Z-Boy2
ALDI2Lane Bryant1
AT&T3LensCrafters1
Abercrombie & Fitch1Lowe's1
Abercrombie Kids1Macy's1
Aeropostale1Marriott1
American Eagle Outfitters2Maurices1
Ann Taylor1McDonald's3
Arby's2Men's Wearhouse1
Ashley Furniture1Motel 61
Avenue1Motherhood Maternity1
Bally Total Fitness1New York & Co1
Banana Republic1Nike12
Barnes & Noble1Nissan1
Bath & Body Works1OfficeMax2
Blockbuster3Old Country Buffet1
Brookstone1Old Navy1
Budget Car Rental1Olive Garden1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Outback1
Burger King1Outback Steakhouse1
Burlington Coat Factory1Pac Sun1
CVS2Panera Bread2
Catherines1Papa John's Pizza1
Charlotte Russe1Payless3
Chipotle1PetSmart1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Pizza Hut1
Cold Stone Creamery2Plato's Closet1
Comfort Inn1RadioShack2
DHL1Ramada1
Dennys1Raymour & Flanigan1
Domino's Pizza1Red Lobster2
DressBarn1Red Robin1
Dressbarn1Red Roof Inn1
Dunkin Donuts5Rite Aid3
Ethan Allen1Rodeway Inn1
Extended Stay America1Sears2
Famous Footwear1Sephora1
Fashion Bug1Sleep Inn1
FedEx14Spencer Gifts1
Firestone Complete Auto Care2Sprint Nextel3
Foot Locker1Starbucks5
GNC4Subaru1
GameStop2Subway7
Gap1T-Mobile6
Goodwill1T.G.I. Driday's1
Gymboree1T.J.Maxx1
H&R Block2Taco Bell2
Holiday Inn3Target1
Hollister Co.1The Room Place1
Home Depot1Tim Hortons12
Honda1Toyota1
Hot Topic1Toys"R"Us1
Houlihan's1U-Haul2
Hyundai1UPS5
IHOP1Value City Furniture1
JCPenney1Vans2
Jimmy John's1Verizon Wireless2
Jones New York3Victoria's Secret1
Journeys1Volkswagen1
Just Tires1Walgreens3
Justice1Walmart1
KFC2Wendy's2
Kohl's1YMCA1
Kroger1

Strongest AM radio stations in Amherst:

  • WWKB (1520 AM; 50 kW; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WBEN (930 AM; 5 kW; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WUFO (1080 AM; daytime; 1 kW; AMHERST, NY)
  • WXRL (1300 AM; 5 kW; LANCASTER, NY; Owner: DOME BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTOR (770 AM; daytime; 9 kW; YOUNGSTOWN, NY; Owner: BIRACH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WECK (1230 AM; 1 kW; CHEEKTOWAGA, NY; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WGR (550 AM; 5 kW; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WWWS (1400 AM; 1 kW; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WJJL (1440 AM; 5 kW; NIAGARA FALLS, NY; Owner: M.J. PHILLIPS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WHAM (1180 AM; 50 kW; ROCHESTER, NY; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WNED (970 AM; 5 kW; BUFFALO, NY)
  • WHLD (1270 AM; 5 kW; NIAGARA FALLS, NY; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMNY (1120 AM; daytime; 1 kW; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Amherst:

  • WBFO (88.7 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK)
  • WGRF (96.9 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WEDG (103.3 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WBLK (93.7 FM; DEPEW, NY; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WJYE (96.1 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WYRK (106.5 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WTSS (102.5 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • W284AP (104.7 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WKSE (98.5 FM; NIAGARA FALLS, NY; Owner: ENTERCOM BUFFALO LICENSE, LLC)
  • WHTT-FM (104.1 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W297AB (107.3 FM; WILLIAMSVILLE, NY; Owner: ADELPHIA COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION, DEBTOR-IN-POSSESSION)
  • WNED-FM (94.5 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WESTERN NEW YORK PUBLIC B/C ASSOC.)
  • WDCX (99.5 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WBUF (92.9 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WBNY (91.3 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK)
  • WFBF (89.9 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • W207BG (89.3 FM; GRAND ISLAND, NY; Owner: FAMILY LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • W207BB (89.3 FM; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC)
  • WNSA (107.7 FM; WETHERSFIELD TWNSHP, NY; Owner: ADELPHIA COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION, DEBTOR-IN-POSSESSION)
  • WLOF (101.7 FM; ATTICA, NY; Owner: HOLY FAMILY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Amherst:

  • WNED-TV (Channel 17; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WESTERN NY PUBLIC BROADCASTING ASSOC.)
  • WNLO (Channel 23; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WIVB BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WUTV (Channel 29; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WUTV LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WBNF-CA (Channel 15; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: FAITH BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WDTB-LP (Channel 39; HAMBURG, NY; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • WFHW-LP (Channel 58; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: CITIZENS TELEVISION SYSTEM, INC.)
  • WBXZ-LP (Channel 56; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: RENARD COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WGRZ-TV (Channel 2; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: MULTIMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT, INC.)
  • WKBW-TV (Channel 7; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WKBW-TV LICENSE, INC.)
  • WNYO-TV (Channel 49; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: NEW YORK TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WIVB-TV (Channel 4; BUFFALO, NY; Owner: WIVB BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WPXJ-TV (Channel 51; BATAVIA, NY; Owner: PAXSON BUFFALO LICENSE, INC.)
  • WNGS (Channel 67; SPRINGVILLE, NY; Owner: CAROLINE K. POWLEY D/B/A UNICORN/SPRINGVILLE)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Amherst fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 136Number of bridges
  • 1,257ft / 383mTotal length
  • $435,156,000Total costs
  • 3,198,041Total average daily traffic
  • 142,645Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Amherst, NY - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11920-1929
  • 11930-1939
  • 11940-1949
  • 191950-1959
  • 201960-1969
  • 71970-1979
  • 661980-1989
  • 131990-1999
  • 52000-2009
  • 32010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Amherst, NY
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 15 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Amherst)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 25 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers in Amherst, NY)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 16 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 127 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Amherst)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 1 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Amherst)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 16 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 125. The highest number of reported fires - 231 took place in 2018, and the least - 38 in 2002. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Amherst, NY When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (39.9%), and Outside Fires (31.5%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Amherst, NY
    • 85139.9%Structure Fires
    • 67131.5%Outside Fires
    • 31514.8%Other
    • 29613.9%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Amherst, NY

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Amherst, New York:

  • Hotel Indigo-Buffalo/Amherst, 10 Flint Rd, Amherst, New York 14226 , Phone: (716) 689-4414, Fax: (716) 689-4382
  • Red Roof Inn #104, 42 Flint Rd, Amherst, New York 14226 , Phone: (716) 689-7474, Fax: (716) 689-2051
  • Homewood Suites Amherst, 1138 Millersport Hwy, Amherst, New York 14226 , Phone: (716) 833-2277, Fax: (716) 833-9599
  • Candlewood Suites, 20 Flint Rd, Amherst, New York 14228 , Phone: (716) 688-2100, Fax: (716) 688-4100
  • Staybridge Suites Buffalo-Amherst, 1290 Sweet Home Rd, Amherst, New York 14228 , Phone: (716) 276-8750, Fax: (716) 276-8751
All 5 fire-safe hotels and motels in Amherst, New York
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Amherst, NY
  • 96.2%Utility gas
  • 1.8%Electricity
  • 1.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.1%Other fuel
  • 0.1%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Amherst, NY
  • 77.2%Utility gas
  • 19.0%Electricity
  • 1.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.4%Other fuel
  • 0.2%No fuel used
  • 0.1%Coal or coke


Amherst compared to New York state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage 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.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Amherst on our top lists:

  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: secondary school teachers (population 50,000+)"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: secondary school teachers (population 50,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers (population 50,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 larger cities with the highest real estate taxes percentage (population 50,000+)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: therapists (population 50,000+)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: librarians, curators, and archivists (population 50,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: special education teachers (population 50,000+)"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: pharmacies and drug stores (population 50,000+)"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: pharmacies and drug stores (population 50,000+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers (population 50,000+)"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: social assistance (population 50,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: health care (population 50,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: drugs, sundries, and chemical and allied products merchant wholesalers (population 50,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: health and personal care, except drug, stores (population 50,000+)"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: health and personal care, except drug, stores (population 50,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: farm product raw materials merchant wholesalers (population 50,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: printing and related support activities (population 50,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: chemicals (population 50,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: miscellaneous manufacturing (population 50,000+)"
  • #15 (14221) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the most beauty salons in 2005"
  • #50 (14221) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the most offices of physicians in 2005"
  • #73 (14221) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the most finance and insurance companies in 2005"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
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