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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Amherst is a suburb of Cleveland with a population of 12,086. Amherst is in Lorain County. Living in Amherst offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Amherst there are a lot of parks. Many retirees live in Amherst and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Amherst are highly rated.
About Amherst...
Population
12,086

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$149,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$928
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%
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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
    57.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    190.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,347.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    8.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Amherst

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$68,159
National
$55,322
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Amherst, OH is a nice small town about thirty minutes west of Cleveland where everyone knows everybody. There's plenty of great restaurants downtown, little shops, and places to go in the surrounding area! The school system is great, I spent my whole education in their system, and it's pretty good compared to the other schools in the surrounding area. It's safe, and the high school athletics are always the talk of the town, everyone supports the high school sports teams. Local businesses are always involved in community events and the place just feels like home!
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Good schools with open enrollment and a lot to offer. Friendly neighborhoods all around, all of which are safe. Big enough that not everybody knows everybody, but small enough that people are well-connected and familiar with everything in the community. Good public services. Downtown is lovely, with private businesses and a diverse collection of things to do. Relatively very close to big attraction areas and cities (Cleveland, Sandusky, Oberlin, etc.). A place that most anyone can feel very at home in.
Love the town of Amherst! There is just enough to fall in love with it. If you don't fall in love with it, it only takes about 10-15 minutes to get to a bigger city that you would fall in love with. Amherst has many coffee shops and cute shops to go to on a rainy day. Wonderful community feel and the people are so kind. I definitely recommend stopping in Amherst and exploring the area!