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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
Amherst is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 1,028. Amherst is in Portage County. Living in Amherst offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Amherst there are a lot of bars. Many families live in Amherst and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Amherst are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$131,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$734
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Crime & Safety

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

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Amherst

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,161
National
$55,322
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Amherst Reviews

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Amherst is a small close knit community where everybody knows everybody. Growing up in such a close community helps you grow as an individual. You have constant support from peers and strangers. The school is not very big is population size but you get a lot of one on one help from teachers. The community has a lot of support for the arts with musicals every other year, live music at the local coffee shop, opera house, and the local community center, the Jensen Center. Along with support of the arts, there is support of the local sports teams. Amherst's pride and joy is the high school football team. During football season the whole community rally's up and goes to the football stadium to support the boys of fall. While it may seem like the community only supports the popular things, the community as a whole celebrates in times of joy and provides support in times of despair. The community in Amherst is not a community but a family.
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Very close-knit community with a lot of support for each other. Small town but great people. Most people go to church, there is a lot of drinking, and just about every family has a pickup truck.
Amherst is a small town and a tight-knit community, but it is not as cliquey as I expected when I moved there. There is a small business district, but not much to do later at night without going to a nearby town.