Amherst, Massachusetts

town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States

Amherst is a town in the American state of Massachusetts. It is in Hampshire County. There are three colleges in Amherst. It is named after Sir Jeffrey Amherst. It has a population of about 40,000 people.

Amherst, Massachusetts
Town of Amherst
Left-right from top: Downtown Amherst, Congregational Church in North Amherst, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Town Hall, Downtown Amherst
Flag of Amherst, Massachusetts
Official seal of Amherst, Massachusetts
"The People's Republic of Amherst"[1][2][3]
Location in Hampshire County in Massachusetts
Location in Hampshire County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°23′N 72°31′W / 42.383°N 72.517°W / 42.383; -72.517
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedFebruary 13, 1759
Named forJeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • Total27.7 sq mi (71.8 km2)
 • Land27.6 sq mi (71.5 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
295 ft (90 m)
 • Total39,263
 • Density1,422/sq mi (549.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP Codes
01002, 01003 (UMass), 01004 (post office boxes), 01059 (North Amherst post office)
Area code413
FIPS code25-01325
GNIS feature ID0618195


  1. Hollander, Paul (1981). Political Pilgrims: Western Intellectuals in Search of the Good Society. Piscataway, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers. p. xxv. ISBN 9781412831208. Retrieved 2013-04-07. Brentlinger, a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, was robustly and proudly alienated from American society and culture ... he has probably benefited from living amidst like-minded people in what has been jestingly called 'the people's republic of Amherst, Mass.'
  2. Arkes, Hadley (1996). "Response to Fund". In Schaefer, David Lewis; Schaefer, Roberta Rubel (eds.). The future of cities. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, Inc. p. 9. ISBN 9780761802709. Retrieved 2013-04-07. I come to you from one of those places that is in America, but not quite of it...In my case it is the People's Republic of Amherst
  3. Sarat, Austin (2008). "Contested Terrain: Visions of Multiculturalism in an American Town". In Minow, Martha; Shweder, Richard A.; Markus, Hazel (eds.). Just Schools: Pursuing Equality in Societies of Difference. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. p. 102. ISBN 9781610447263. Retrieved 2013-04-07. I live in a place whose liberal tendencies have earned it various nicknames. For example, it has been called 'The People's Republic of Amherst'
  4. "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 4, 2024.
  5. "QuickFacts: Amherst Town city, Massachusetts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 4, 2024.

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