Amherst Center, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Amherst Center, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Amherst Center Census Designated Place had a population of 20,270 as of July 1, 2016. Amherst Center ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Amherst Center is located at latitude 42.3753 and longitude -72.5179 in Hampshire County. The formal boundaries for the Amherst Center Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.94 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Hampshire County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 305 feet.

The Amherst Center Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2377979) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Amherst Center Census Designated Place is located within Town of Amherst, a minor civil division (MCD) of Hampshire County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Amherst Center population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Amherst Center, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 20,270
Population in Households 7,150
Population in Familes 3,420
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,120
Population Density1 4,103
Diversity Index2 49


Total Households 3,150
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 1,241
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,340 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,171 (35.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,979 (59.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 190 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $394,855
Average Home Value $437,800


Median Household Income $34,914
Average Household Income $63,622
Per Capita Income $15,249
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.99% 0.11%
Households 0.28% 0.3%
Families 0.49% 0.19%
Median Household Income   0.77%
Per Capita Income   0.65%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Amherst Center, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Amherst Center to the other 246 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 67 73rd
Population Density1 # 30 88th
Diversity Index2 # 39 85th
Median Household Income # 242 2nd
Per Capita Income # 245 1st

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