Amherst, VA Population

Population: 2,251. Estimated population in July 2020: 2,225 (-1.2% change)
Males: 1,032 (45.8%), Females: 1,219 (54.2%)

Amherst County

Zip code: 24521

Median resident age: 43.4 years
Median household income: $33,000
Median house value: $101,400

Races in Amherst:

  • White Non-Hispanic (68.3%)
  • Black (29.6%)
  • Hispanic (1.0%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
  • American Indian (0.6%)

Ancestries: United States (20.2%), English (14.2%), German (8.0%), Irish (5.4%), Scottish (2.6%), Scotch-Irish (1.7%).

Elevation: 766 feet

Land area: 5.0 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Amherst

  • High school or higher: 74.7%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 19.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.7%
  • Unemployed: 6.2%
  • Mean travel time to work: 22.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Amherst town

  • Never married: 26.0%
  • Now married: 46.8%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 14.6%
  • Divorced: 10.1%

2.2% Foreign born (1.5% Europe, 0.4% Latin America, 0.4% Asia).

Population change in the 1990s: +366 (+19.4%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers near Amherst:

  • VIRGINIA BAPTIST HOSP & LYNCHBURG GENL (about 15 miles; LYNCHBURG, VA)
  • CENTRAL VIRGINIA TRAINING CENTER (about 15 miles; LYNCHBURG, VA)
  • STONEWALL JACKSON HOSPITAL (about 34 miles; LEXINGTON, VA)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Amherst:

  • LYNCHBURG REGIONAL/PRESTON GLENN FLD (about 21 miles; LYNCHBURG, VA; Abbreviation: LYH)
  • SHENANDOAH VALLEY REGIONAL (about 48 miles; STAUNTON/WAYNESBORO/HARRIS, VA; Abbreviation: SHD)
  • CHARLOTTESVILLE-ALBEMARLE (about 57 miles; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Abbreviation: CHO)
Other public-use airports nearest to Amherst:

  • FALWELL (about 16 miles; LYNCHBURG, VA; Abbreviation: W24)
  • NEW LONDON (about 29 miles; FOREST, VA; Abbreviation: W90)
  • BROOKNEAL/CAMPBELL COUNTY (about 31 miles; BROOKNEAL, VA; Abbreviation: 0V4)
Amtrak station near Amherst:

  • 14 miles: LYNCHBURG (825 KEMPER ST.). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Amherst:

  • LIBERTY UNIVERSITY (about 19 miles; LYNCHBURG, VA; Full-time enrollment: 5,348)
  • WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY (about 34 miles; LEXINGTON, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,063)
  • UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA-MAIN CAMPUS (about 48 miles; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Full-time enrollment: 19,602)
  • LONGWOOD COLLEGE (about 50 miles; FARMVILLE, VA; Full-time enrollment: 3,557)
  • PIEDMONT VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 50 miles; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,012)
  • JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY (about 61 miles; HARRISONBURG, VA; Full-time enrollment: 14,447)
  • VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 68 miles; ROANOKE, VA; Full-time enrollment: 3,535)

Schools

Public high school in Amherst:

  • AMHERST COUNTY HIGH (Students: 1,398; Location: 139 LANCER LANE; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Amherst:

  • AMHERST MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 456; Location: 165 GORDONS FAIRGROUND RD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • CENTRAL ELEM. (Students: 422; Location: 575 UNION HILL RD; Grades: KG – 05)
  • AMHERST ELEM. (Students: 344; Location: 156 DAVIS ST; Grades: KG – 05)
  • TEMPERANCE ELEM. (Students: 115; Location: 1981 LOWESVILLE RD; Grades: KG – 05)

Libraries

Library in Amherst:

  • AMHERST COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $698,825; Location: 382 SOUTH MAIN STREET; 43,233 books; 60 audio materials; 710 video materials; 240 serial subscriptions)