Amherst, New York
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|Elevation||594 ft (181.1 m)|
|Area||53.5 sq mi (138.6 km2)|
|- land||53.2 sq mi (138 km2)|
|- water||0.3 sq mi (1 km2), 0.56%|
|Density||2,287 / sq mi (883 / km2)|
|Town Supervisor||Barry A. Weinstein (R)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||14051, 14068, 14221, 14226, 14228|
The largest and most populous suburb of Buffalo, New York, the town of Amherst encompasses most of the village of Williamsville and the hamlets of Eggertsville, Getzville, Snyder, Swormville, and East Amherst. The town is in the northern part of the county and borders a small section of the Erie Canal.
The town of Amherst was created by the State of New York on April 10, 1818. Amherst was formed from part of the town of Buffalo (later the city of Buffalo), which had previously been created from the town of Clarence. Timothy S. Hopkins was elected the first supervisor of the town of Amherst in 1819. Part of Amherst was later used to form the town of Cheektowaga in 1839.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 53.5 square miles (139 km2), of which 53.2 square miles (138 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.50%) is water.
Much of Amherst was originally floodplain and marshland, much of which has been drained in recent years to facilitate development of new homes and businesses. The central and southern parts of the town are heavily suburbanized; however, the southernmost hamlets of Eggertsville and Snyder and the village of Williamsville have managed to retain much of their original character. The northern part of the town is still relatively undeveloped with the prominent exception of the portions along Niagara Falls Boulevard (U.S. Route 62) bordering the town of Tonawanda and the town of Wheatfield. Some sections of northern and eastern Amherst have experienced problems with residential foundations as a result of unstable soil conditions. A few active farms may still be found in the northern part of the town.
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Areas within Amherst are referred to by the former post office station names and are not legally incorporated. During the 1990s, many of these regional post offices were closed and consolidated into the central Amherst 14226 post office on Bailey Avenue, leaving only a Williamsville (14221) post office on Sheridan Drive, a Getzville (14068) post office on Millersport Highway, and an East Amherst (14051) post office on Transit Road. Mailing addresses to areas within the Town of Amherst are Amherst, East Amherst, Eggertsville, Getzville, Snyder, and Williamsville. These postal districts are still recognized by the post office and widely referred to by citizens.
Some of these mailing addresses overlap: some areas of Clarence directly east of Transit Road have Williamsville addresses, although for the purposes of taxes, schools and community resources, these people are residents of the Town of Clarence.
Amherst is among the top ten American cities (with a population greater than 50,000) in average yearly snowfall. Average high temperatures from May through October range from 60 to 81 degrees. Average high temperatures from November through March range from 31 to 47 degrees.
In July 2010, CNNMoney ranked Amherst 42nd in a list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. In 2012, CNNMoney.com ranked Amherst 50th. In 2011 and 2012, Amherst was selected as one of America’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance.
Arts and culture
Many festivals are celebrated in Amherst throughout the year. The town is home to the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village.
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As of the census of 2010, there were 122,366 people, 48,894 households, and 29,840 families residing in the town. There were 51,179 housing units. The racial makeup of the town was 83.8% White, 5.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 7.9% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.
There were 48,894 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 31.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.98.
The median income for a household in the town was $55,427, and the median income for a family was $68,951. Males had a median income of $51,667 versus $32,030 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,647. About 4.2% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.
There are four institutions of higher education located in Amherst. The North Campus of the University at Buffalo (housing all of the University programs apart from architecture, planning, nursing, dentistry, and medicine), Daemen College, and one of the three campuses of Erie Community College are located there. Bryant and Stratton offers two-year programs. Both Medaille College and Canisius College have satellite campus classrooms in Amherst.
There are four separate public school districts within the town. The Williamsville Central School District is the largest and comprises the eastern half of the town along with portions of the Town of Clarence. The Williamsville Central school district is ranked #1 out of 97 public school systems in Western New York. Williamsville high schools were awarded Silver rankings according to 2013 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools, and rank among the top 2-3% out of over 21,000 high schools nationally. A small portion of Amherst residents in the southeastern corner of the town are in the Clarence Central School District. The Amherst Central School District is the southwestern portion of the town with its core in the Eggertsville and Snyder areas. The Sweet Home Central School District is the northwestern portion of the town along with portions of the Town of Tonawanda with its core in West Amherst and Getzville.
Crime and public safety
The town police department employs over 150 officers, including a chief, assistant chief, seven captains and at least 20 lieutenants.
Based on statistics reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Amherst has frequently been ranked as the Safest City in America (1996–1998, 2000–2003, 2010); many other years it ranks within the Top 5. The designation is based on crime statistics for the year in six categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and auto theft. In 2006, Amherst was ranked the second safest city in the United States, after Brick Township, New Jersey. Most recently, it ranked 6th safest out of 400 cities in 2011.
Amherst is served by the Amherst Bee newspaper.
- Interstate 90 (New York State Thruway) passes through the southern part of town.
- Interstate 290 (Youngmann Expressway) travels through the town diagonally from I-90 to US 62 and beyond to Tonawanda, NY.
- Interstate 990 (Lockport Expressway) is a short Interstate Highway located entirely within the Town of Amherst. I-990 runs in a roughly north-south direction through the southwest and central part of Amherst until it ends at Millersport Hwy. (NY 263)
- U.S. Route 62 marks the west town line as Niagara Falls Blvd. as the route heads north, then as Sheridan Drive then Bailey Avenue heading south out of town.
- New York State Route 5 (Main Street) passes through the town.
- New York State Route 78 (Transit Road) marks the eastern town line.
- New York State Route 240 (Harlem Rd.) is a north-south road from Sheridan Dr. (NY 324) south heading out of town.
- New York State Route 263 (mostly Millersport Hwy.) is a north-south road from Bailey Ave. (US 62) to Transit Rd. (NY 78).
- New York State Route 270 (Campbell Blvd.) is a north-south road from Millersport Hwy. (NY 263) north out of town.
- New York State Route 277 (North Forest Rd., Union Rd.) is a north-south road from Sheridan Dr. (NY 324) south out of town.
- New York State Route 324 (Sheridan Dr.) is an east-west road through the town from Niagara Falls Blvd. (US 62) east out of town.
Millard Filmore Suburban Hospital is located in the center of town on Maple Road.
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- Eric Andersen, singer-songwriter, grew up in the hamlet of Snyder, New York
- Scotty Bowman, former NHL coach
- Richard J. Burke, journalist
- Jack Davis, industrialist and politician
- Al Dekdebrun, former pro football quarterback and Amherst Town Supervisor
- Dan Gronkowski, former NFL tight end
- Rob Gronkowski, NFL tight end
- Jeffrey Gundlach, bond manager, graduated from Amherst High School
- Chris Hajt, former NHL player
- James P. Hayes, former New York State Assemblyman
- Dan Herbeck, journalist for The Buffalo News
- Marc Evan Jackson, comedian
- Bruce Kershner, environmentalist
- Andy Kulberg, bassist
- Norman McCombs, businessman
- Ian Murphy, writer
- Harry Neale, hockey broadcaster and former NHL coach
- Keith O'Neil, former NFL player
- Brooks Orpik, NHL defenseman
- Wayne Patrick, former NFL player
- Michael Ranzenhofer, New York State Senator
- Mike Robitaille, former NHL player and current Sabres broadcaster
- Mark Rubin, former NFL player
- Hugh B. Scott, judge
- Billy Sheehan, rock bassist
- Barnett Slepian, murdered physician
- John Stevens, American Idol finalist (2004)
- Ivy Timlin, "America's Next Top Model" Finalist 2014
- Satish K. Tripathi, president of University at Buffalo
- James Whitmore, actor, attended Amherst High School
- Gordon Yaeger, notable pilot
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