Amherst, Virginia Population 2024

2,142

Amherst is a city located in Amherst County and Nelson County Virginia. Amherst has a 2024 population of 2,142. It is also the county seat of Amherst County. Amherst is currently growing at a rate of 0.37% annually and its population has increased by 1.52% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 2,110 in 2020.

The average household income in Amherst is $70,274 with a poverty rate of 6.93%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Amherst is 51.1 years, 43.5 years for males, and 57.7 years for females.

Amherst Demographics

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

  • White: 76.08%
  • Black or African American: 22.4%
  • Two or more races: 1.13%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.22%
  • Asian: 0.17%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Other race: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
4.9 sq mi
Density (mi²)
436.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
1.52% (32)
The current population of Amherst, Virginia is 2,142 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 2,110.

Amherst, Virginia Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,74976.08%
Black or African American51522.4%
Two or more races261.13%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander50.22%
Asian40.17%
Native American00%
Other race00%

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Asian

Native American

Other race

Amherst Population by Race

Amherst Population Pyramid 2024

Amherst Median Age

51.1

Total

43.5

Male

57.7

Female

Amherst Adults

There are 1,917 adults, (771 of whom are seniors) in Amherst.

Amherst Age Dependency

100.6

Age Dependency Ratio

67.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Amherst Sex Ratio

Female1,16350.59%
Male1,13649.41%

Amherst Population by Age

Amherst Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,0132.0866.833.2
Married4662.8186.313.7
Non Family4481.0653.146.9
Female943.2839.460.6
Male52.80100

2.87

Average Family Size

2.08

Average Household Size

66.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Amherst Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade894.97%
9th to 12th Grade21912.23%
High School Graduate68838.41%
Some College24813.85%
Associates Degree975.42%
Bachelors Degree27515.35%
Graduate Degree1759.77%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Amherst Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Amherst Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White1,2611,163396
Black46527150
Hispanic38260
2+ Races19150
Islander550
Asian444

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

Amherst Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$40,465$46,875$20,449
Less Than 9th Grade$0$37,083$0
High School Graduate$28,750$40,136$13,185
Some College$43,929$65,833$20,833
Bachelors Degree$47,171$59,375$24,196
Graduate Degree$150,479$150,646$0

$40,465

Average Earnings

$46,875

Average Male

$20,449

Average Female

Amherst Earnings by Educational Attainment

Amherst Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Amherst Language

94.15% of Amherst residents speak only English, while 5.85% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.73% of the population.

Amherst Language

Amherst Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White1,538966.24%
Black468388.12%
Multiple261246.15%

6.93%

Overall Poverty Rate

3.38%

Male Poverty Rate

10.34%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Amherst

The race most likely to be in poverty in Amherst is Multiple, with 46.15% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Amherst is White, with 6.24% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.97%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 13.94%.

Amherst Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade22.69%
Some College13.36%
High School5.23%
Bachelors or Greater0%

Amherst Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Employed6.8%
Male Employed1.5%
Male Unemployed0%
Female Unemployed0%

Amherst Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Amherst Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$59,306$70,274
Families$80,250$83,635
Married Families$85,489$-999,999,999
Non Families$30,648$52,516

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Amherst Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

48.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.1%

Male Marriage Rate

46.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Amherst Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Amherst Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Amherst Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Amherst Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

158

Number of Veterans

120

Male Veterans

38

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam73
Second Gulf War50
Korea11
First Gulf War7
World War II0

Amherst Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 7461
75+42
35 to 5432
18 to 3416
55 to 647

Amherst Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1148.3%
Black336.41%
2+ Races631.58%
Islander5100%

Amherst Veterans by Race

Amherst Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

3.95%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.71%

Veteran Disability Rate

Amherst Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

48.7%

Labor Force Participation

48.1%

Employment Rate

1.2%

Unemployment Rate

Amherst Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Amherst Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Amherst Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

76.38%

Born in Amherst

99.09%

Native Born

0.91%

Foreign Born

0.74%

Non Citizen

0.17%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.09% of Amherst residents were born in the United States, with 76.38% having been born in Virginia. 0.74% 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

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20292,18280.37%
20282,17480.37%
20272,16680.37%
20262,15880.37%
20252,15080.37%
20242,14280.37%
20232,13480.38%
20222,126110.52%
20212,11550.24%
20202,110-74-3.39%
20192,184-8-0.36%
20182,192-6-0.27%
20172,19820.09%
20162,196-7-0.32%
20152,20350.23%
20142,198-11-0.5%
20132,209-14-0.63%
20122,22390.41%
20112,214-18-0.81%
20102,23200%

Amherst Population by Year