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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    C+
Amherst is a town in New Hampshire with a population of 11,241. Amherst is in Hillsborough County and is one of the best places to live in New Hampshire. Living in Amherst offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Amherst there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Residents of Amherst tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Amherst are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$335,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,592
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    8%
  • Own
    92%
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Amherst Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    8.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    35.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    106.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    755.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    35.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    15%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    19%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%

Working in Amherst

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$127,246
National
$55,322
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Amherst Reviews

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Amherst is in the perfect location if you're commuting into Manchester, Nashua or metro Boston. It's an idyllic community of charming homes, back country roads, a livable and walkable village, town beach on a clean lake and top school system. If you commute into the Boston or Route 128 area, Amherst is a little better choice than towns even slightly north due to the traffic congestion coming down from Bedford in the morning. It's bumper to bumper from the airport tolls to Exit 11. Traffic opens up once you get closer to the Amherst/Nashua exists. Close to the Manchester/Boston regional airport too. It's exactly 18 minutes from my house to the parking garage. We could not have chosen a better place to live!
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A small Southern New Hampshire town, Amherst values education, public safety & community. Ranked in the Top 10% Nationally in: Median Income, Cost of Living, College Degree, Professional Occupation, Owner Occupied Homes, and Married. Easy Access is an Amherst hallmark. Whether commuting to Boston or Manchester for work, both have airports in reasonable driving distance via major highways. Ski resorts & beaches, museums & concerts, stadiums & theaters - ALL are within an hours' drive. Like the rest of New Hampshire, we are blessed with four distinct seasons with all of the activities to match. From apple picking to pumpkin patches in the Fall, Amherst boasts a wide variety of outdoor activities including a town-owned sledding hill and skating pond in winter. Summer evenings can be spent in the tree-lined Town Common enjoying lemonade, lawn chairs and free concerts. Our full service Town Library engages all ages with a full year-long calendar of events, displays and readings.
Amherst is a wonderful town with a sense of community you do not fine in Bedford or Merrimack. We love the town, schools and especially the historic village!