Amherst, OH Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Amherst, Ohio - Basic Facts

The City of Amherst had a population of 12,375 as of July 1, 2017. Amherst ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Ohio. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Amherst is located at latitude 41.4053 and longitude -82.2317 in Lorain County. The formal boundaries for the City of Amherst (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.06 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Lorain County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 689 feet.

The City of Amherst (GNIS ID: 1086498) has a C2 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Amherst population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Amherst: Amherst Corners, Amherstville, Amhurst, Four Corners, North Amherst, Plato.

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


Total Population 12,375
Daytime Population: Workers 4,804
Daytime Population: Residents 6,029
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 10,833
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.88
Population in Households 12,211
Population in Familes 10,240
Population in Group Qrtrs 164
Population Density2 1,752
Diversity Index3 22


Median Household Income $64,148
Average Household Income $81,467
Per Capita Income $33,309


Total Housing Units 5,265 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,056 (77.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 900 (17.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 309 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $164,888
Average Home Value $177,311


Total Households 4,956
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 3,459
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 0.4% 0.47%
Households 0.52% 0.54%
Families -0.02% 0.38%
Median Household Income   3.91%
Per Capita Income   3.14%

Amherst, OH - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Amherst to the other 1,215 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Ohio 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 # 150 88th
Population Density # 360 70th
Diversity Index # 272 78th
Median Household Income # 241 80th
Per Capita Income # 177 86th

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