Looking north at downtown Amherst
Location of Amherst, Wisconsin
|• Total||1.35 sq mi (3.50 km2)|
|• Land||1.30 sq mi (3.37 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)|
|Elevation||1,093 ft (333 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,043|
|• Density||796.2/sq mi (307.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||715 & 534|
|GNIS feature ID||1582690|
The name Amherst was established in 1853 by Adam Uline, after General Amherst of Revolutionary fame and the fact he was native of Amherst, Nova Scotia. The first known settler of Amherst was John F. Hillstrom, who arrived in 1851, while John and A. P. Een follow closely behind, arriving in August, 1852.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.35 square miles (3.50 km2), of which, 1.30 square miles (3.37 km2) of it is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,035 people, 434 households, and 274 families residing in the village. The population density was 796.2 inhabitants per square mile (307.4/km2). There were 471 housing units at an average density of 362.3 per square mile (139.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.
There were 434 households of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.9% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.99.
The median age in the village was 35.1 years. 29% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.4% were from 25 to 44; 22.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 964 people, 395 households, and 250 families residing in the village. As of the end of 2006, there was villagewide estimate of over 1,000 residents living there. The population density was 827.5 people per square mile (318.1/km²). There were 419 housing units at an average density of 138.3 persons/km² (359.7 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the village was 99.17% White, 0.41% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.21% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 395 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 8.9% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 36.5% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the village the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $40,125, and the median income for a family was $54,821. Males had a median income of $37,132 versus $24,375 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,514. 10.8% of the population and 7.7% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 13.2% are under the age of 18 and 14.2% are 65 or older.
Amherst is served by the School District of the Tomorrow River, which has a high school, a middle school, and a grade school all on one K-12 campus. Fire protection and ambulance service are provided by the Amherst Fire District. Police protection is provided by the Portage County Sheriff's Department. Other village services include a public library and the Lettie Jensen Community Center. There is a riverside park downtown, along the Tomorrow River.
Amherst is home to the area's Telephone, Internet & Television company, named Amherst Telephone Company/Tomorrow Valley Communications. Amherst Telephone Company was incorporated on July 3rd, 1903. Capital to form the new company was provided by 62 area residents who pledged $25 each to buy a share of stock. Currently it provides Copper and Fiber service to Amherst as well as the surrounding communities of Rosholt, Amherst Junction and Polonia.
The Amherst Millpond is a 48 acre, hard water impoundment located in the Village of Amherst. The mill pond is created by a dam on the Tomorrow River which was once used for power to the local feed mil. The pond has a maximum depth of five feet and a bottom consisting of sand covered with silt. The Tomorrow River is navigable above and below the dam, and there are two public access points on the east side of the pond; the boat landing and Cate Park. Currently, the pond has northern pike and panfish for fishing.
Fairgrounds were built in 1917. Amherst hosts the Portage County Fair, an annual renewable energy fair, an Amish craft fair, the Feel Good Festival, and other events at the fairgrounds. Stock car racing began at the fairgrounds in 2013 under the name Amherst Speedway.
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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- Village of Amherst website
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- Living History Museum
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