East Amherst, New York

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East Amherst
NY 78 in East Amherst.
NY 78 in East Amherst.
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
TownAmherst, Clarence
694.98 ft (211.83 m)
 • Total24,914
Time zoneUTC-5 Eastern Standard Time
Area code716
Average Household Income$113,750

East Amherst is a suburban hamlet 16 miles (26 km) northeast of downtown Buffalo, Erie County, New York, United States.[1] It straddles the towns of Amherst and Clarence, and comprises the majority of ZIP code 14051.


East Amherst is centered in an area originally known as "Transit Station", a name that has its origins in the railroad station of the New York Central "Peanut Line" that crossed Transit Road just north of Muegel Road. The New York Central Railway arrived in the area in 1854, with the completion of the Canandaigua and Niagara Falls railroads. By 1858, the completion of the railroad spurred the development of the area and other hamlets, such as Transit Station, (now East Amherst,) and Getzville. The name "Peanut Line" came from the railroad's gauge tracks. As its farmlands were developed into residential subdivisions, "East Amherst" began to emerge as the most frequently used name for the area.[2]

Demographic information[edit]

In 2016, East Amherst was named the most affluent community in Western New York by Buffalo Business First. As of the 2010 United States Census, East Amherst had a population of 24,914 and 7,459 housing units. In 2005, East Amherst was recognized by CNN / Money Magazine as one of the Best Places to Live (41st Finalist) in the United States.[3]

The East Amherst Fire Department

Fire and police services[edit]

Fire protection is primarily provided by the East Amherst Fire Department, as well as by Swormville Fire Company and Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Company.

The part of East Amherst within the town of Amherst is served by the Amherst Police Department. The part within the town of Clarence is served by the New York State Police and the Erie County Sheriff's Department.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "East Amherst, New York". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ "Amherst, New York additional historic overview" (PDF).
  3. ^ "CNN Money Magazine: Best Places to live in America in 2005".

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Coordinates: 43°01′06″N 78°41′48″W / 43.01833°N 78.69667°W / 43.01833; -78.69667