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 20,349 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Amherst Center, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 20,349
Daytime Population: Workers 9,231
Daytime Population: Residents 11,878
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 21,109
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.04
Population in Households 7,250
Population in Familes 3,454
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,099
Population Density2 4,119
Diversity Index3 50


Median Household Income $35,791
Average Household Income $68,122
Per Capita Income $16,093


Total Housing Units 3,351 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,167 (34.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,000 (59.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 184 ( 5.5%)
Median Home Value $409,043
Average Home Value $448,710


Total Households 3,167
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 1,245
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.9% 0.15%
Households 0.32% 0.31%
Families 0.46% 0.18%
Median Household Income   1.16%
Per Capita Income   1.96%

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, 2017 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 Density # 30 88th
Diversity Index # 38 85th
Median Household Income # 241 2nd
Per Capita Income # 244 1st

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