Amherst, Virginia Population 2021

2,166
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Amherst is a city located in Amherst County Virginia. It is also the county seat of Amherst County. With a 2020 population of 2,166, it is the 92nd largest city in Virginia and the 7326th largest city in the United States . Amherst is currently declining at a rate of -0.32% annually and its population has decreased by -2.91% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 2,231 in 2010. Amherst reached it's highest population of 2,232 in 2010. Spanning over 5 miles, Amherst has a population density of 442 people per square mile.

The average household income in Amherst is $57,948 with a poverty rate of 7.41%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $807 per month, and the median house value is $168,100. The median age in Amherst is 51.5 years, 48 years for males, and 59.1 years for females.

Amherst Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Amherst was:

  • White: 77.64%
  • Black or African American: 20.46%
  • Other race: 1.13%
  • Two or more races: 0.66%
  • Asian: 0.11%
  • Native American: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Amherst, Virginia is 2,166 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 2,187.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 2,231.

Amherst, Virginia Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White2,12177.64%
Black or African American55920.46%
Some Other Race311.13%
Two or More Races180.66%
Asian30.11%
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Amherst Population by Race

Amherst Population Pyramid $2021

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Amherst Median Age

51.5


Total

48


Male

59.1


Female

Amherst Adults

There are 2,300 adults, (813 of whom are seniors) in Amherst.

Amherst Age Dependency

83.7

Age Dependency Ratio

54.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Amherst Sex Ratio

Female

1,373

50.26%

Male

1,359

49.74%

Amherst Population by Age

Amherst Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Amherst Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male100%0%
Married83.1%16.9%
All69.8%30.2%
Non Family61.7%38.3%
Female49.6%50.4%

69.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Amherst Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All1,1502.2269.8
Non Family5201.1161.7
Married4552.9983.1
Female1413.6749.6
Male342.79100

3.08

Average Family Size

2.22

Average Household Size

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Amherst Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1406.56%
9th to 12th Grade27813.02%
High School Graduate72033.72%
Some College32315.13%
Associates Degree904.22%
Bachelors Degree41119.25%
Graduate Degree1738.10%
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Amherst Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Amherst Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White1,5021,324551
Black48025030
Hispanic132122
Other Race3131
2+ Races1818
Asian333

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

Amherst Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,150$36,446$27,656
Less Than 9th Grade$24,770$24,898$
High School Graduate$27,895$35,742$16,806
Some College$32,045$36,875$30,341
Bachelors Degree$41,217$66,250$36,583
Graduate Degree$56,136$71,563$51,979

$32,150

Average Earnings

$36,446

Average Male

$27,656

Average Female

Amherst Earnings by Educational Attainment

Amherst Language by Age

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Amherst Language

94.60% of Amherst residents speak only English, while 5.40% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.87% of the population.

Amherst Language

Amherst Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White1,8041317.26%
Black483469.52%
Multiple181266.67%

7.41%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.96%

Male Poverty Rate

6.87%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Amherst

The race most likely to be in poverty in Amherst is Multiple, with 66.67% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Amherst is White, with 7.26% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.00%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.39%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.80%.

Amherst Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade22.87%
Some College10.43%
High School9.05%
Bachelors or Greater0.00%

Amherst Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Employed7.71%
Male Employed1.85%
Female Unemployed0.00%
Male Unemployed0.00%

Amherst Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Amherst Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$50,238$57,948
Families$70,313$78,617
Married Families$78,922-
Non Families$23,430$32,546
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Income by Household Type

Amherst Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.8%

Male Marriage Rate

47.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Amherst Married by Age and Sex

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Amherst Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Amherst Marital Status by Race

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Amherst Marital Status

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241

Number of Veterans

213

Male Veterans

28

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam125
Second Gulf War60
Korea27
World War II14
First Gulf War12

Amherst Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
55 to 6461
75+58
65 to 7457
35 to 5442
18 to 3423

Amherst Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White21212.30%
Black295.53%

Amherst Veterans by Race

Amherst Veterans by Education

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9.87%

Veteran Poverty Rate

44.39%

Veteran Disability Rate

Amherst Veterans by Education

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50.5%

Labor Force Participation

49.1%

Employment Rate

2.6%

Unemployment Rate

Amherst Employment by Age

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Amherst Employment by Race

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Amherst Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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76.32%

Born in Amherst

97.73%

Native Born

2.27%

Foreign Born

1.61%

Non Citizen

0.66%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.73% of Amherst residents were born in the United States, with 76.32% having been born in Virginia. 1.61% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Amherst Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20212,166-7-0.32%
20202,173-7-0.32%
20192,180-7-0.32%
20182,187-10-0.46%
20172,19720.09%
20162,195-7-0.32%
20152,20250.23%
20142,197-9-0.41%
20132,206-16-0.72%
20122,22290.41%
20112,213-19-0.85%
20102,2320.00%

Amherst Population by Year