Amherst, New York

Amherst: Town in New York, United States


Amherst is a town located in the county of Erie in the U.S. state of New York. Its population at the 2010 census was 122,366 and a population density of 2,284 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 120,809 inhabitants.

The town was created 206 years ago in 1818.

Amherst is a town located in Erie County, New York. With a population of around 122,000, it is a northern suburb of Buffalo.

History of Amherst

The town of Amherst was founded in 1818 and is named after Lord Jeffery Amherst. It was originally designated as a hamlet and became an incorporated village in 1864. Amherst did not become an official town until 1919.

Key Attractions and Features

Some of the key attractions and features of Amherst include:

  • University at Buffalo - A large public university that is part of the State University of New York system. The north campus is located in Amherst.
  • Amherst State Park - A state park with hiking trails, picnic areas, and access to a scenic creek.
  • Village of Williamsville - This quaint village in Amherst dates back to the early 1800s. It has maintained its historic charm.
  • Amherst Beechwood Historic District - A residential area with many historic homes from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Ellicott Creek - A large creek that runs through Amherst. There are nice trails alongside it.

Things to Do

Some popular things to do in Amherst include:

  • Attending cultural events at the University at Buffalo
  • Shopping and dining in Williamsville
  • Hiking through Amherst State Park
  • Learning about history in the Amherst Beechwood Historic District
  • Enjoying the outdoors along Ellicott Creek Trail

In summary, Amherst is a historic town outside Buffalo with a charming village, university campus, and many outdoor recreational opportunities. Its rich history and natural areas make it an appealing place to live and visit in upstate New York.

Amherst locator map
Location of Amherst on New York map.

Quick Facts about Amherst

Population : 120,809 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : New York (United States)
County : Erie County
Phone Area Codes : 716
Area : 53.58 km2
Altitude : 597 feet / 182, 185 meters
Establishment : April 04, 1818 (206 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−05:00
Local time : 17:36:48 (15th April 2024)
Density : 2,255 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -1.29% (2010-2020)
20090410 Amherst Central High School image
20090410 Amherst Central High School
20090410 Amherst Central High School image


Amherst is located at 42°58'42"N 78°47'59"W (42.9783900, -78.7997600).

Amherst map


According to census records, the population of Amherst decreased by 1.29% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 122,366 - census
2011 122,845 0.39% estimation process
2012 123,230 0.31% estimation process
2013 123,623 0.32% estimation process
2014 124,271 0.52% estimation process
2015 124,666 0.32% estimation process
2016 125,300 0.51% estimation process
2017 125,470 0.14% estimation process
2018 126,081 0.48% estimation process
2019 126,082 0% estimation process
2020 120,809 -4.36% estimation process

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People born in Amherst (8)

People born in Amherst, including former football tight end Dan Gronkowski, football player Rob Gronkowski, ice hockey goaltender Thomas McCollum, .


  • Hugh B. Scott (American judge) he was born in 01/01/1949
  • Jeffrey Gundlach (American banker) he was born in 30/10/1959
  • Anita Alvarez (American synchronized swimmer) she was born in 02/12/1996
  • Jaylen Morris (American professional basketball player) he was born in 19/09/1995
  • Chris Rogerson (American composer) he was born in 01/01/1988

Schools in Amherst

College & universities near Amherst, NY

Code Name City ZIP
190725 Daemen College Amherst (NY) 14226-3592
457837 The Salon Professional Academy-Tonawanda Tonawanda (NY) 14150
196088 University at Buffalo Buffalo (NY) 14260-1660
441618 Leon Studio One School of Beauty Knowledge Williamsville (NY) 14221
189705 Canisius College Buffalo (NY) 14208-1098

Stations (7)

Amtrak & bus stations near Amherst, NY

Code Name Address Type
BUF Buffalo–Depew station 55 Dick Road RAIL
BFX Buffalo–Exchange Street 75 Exchange Street RAIL
NFL Niagara Falls Station and Customhouse Interpretive Center 27th St. and Lockport Rd. RAIL
DUK Dunkirk, New York 411 Central Ave. BUS
FDN Fredonia, New York 1 State University of New York BUS

Post offices near Amherst

Post Office Name City ZIP
Amher Post Office Buffalo (NY) 14226
Central Park Post Office Buffalo (NY) 14215
Hiler Post Office Buffalo (NY) 14223
Williamsvill Post Office Buffalo (NY) 14221
Getzvill Post Office Getzville (NY) 14068

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Other cities in Erie County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Erie County , NY. (more)

City Name Population Title
Buffalo 254,479 The second most populous city in New York.
Cheektowaga 85,452 Town in Erie County, New York, United States
Hamburg 58,800 Town in Erie County, New York, United States
West Seneca 45,117 Town in Erie County, New York
Brighton 35,776 Town in Monroe County, New York, USA
Clarence 33,026 Town in Erie County, New York, United States
Grand Island 21,767 Town in New York
Lackawanna 17,632 City in New York, USA
Kenmore 14,947 City in Erie County, New York, United States of America
Depew 14,940 City in Creek County, Oklahoma, United States of America
Tonawanda 14,755 City in the state of New York, USA
Elma 11,752 City in New York, United States of America
Lancaster 10,064 Town in Erie County, New York
Alden 9,911 City in Freeborn County, Minnesota, United States of America
Ellicott 8,223 City in Chautauqua County, New York, United States of America
Boston 8,069 Town in New York, USA

Distance to Other Cities

Amherst distances to largest New York cities