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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    C+
Amherst is a suburb of Manchester with a population of 11,310. Amherst is in Hillsborough County and is one of the best places to live in New Hampshire. Living in Amherst offers residents a rural 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
$347,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,248
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    7%
  • Own
    93%
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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
    17.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    26.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    44.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,059.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    26.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    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
$135,234
National
$55,322
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Amherst Reviews

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I love it here! The community is very inclusive and holds many events to welcome citizens and non-citizens. I wish we had any diversity at all, but we have mostly white citizens. In our school systems, we are very inclusive of LGBTQ+ individuals and celebrate them through clubs and activities. In all, Amherst is a highly community-based town with beautiful seasons and walk-able streets.
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Amherst is a quiet little town that provides a wonderful historical town, a great education system for families, and is one of the safest places to live since the police and fire department are always on the lookout!
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!