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Amherst Center, Massachusetts
Town Hall
Town Hall
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Hampshire
 • Total 4.9 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 • Land 4.9 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
308 ft (94 m)
 • Total 17,050
 • Density 3,484.3/sq mi (1,345.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 25-01360
GNIS feature ID 1852796

Amherst Center is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Amherst in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 17,050 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Amherst Center is located at 42°22′49″N 72°31′11″W / 42.38028°N 72.51972°W / 42.38028; -72.51972 (42.380392, -72.519821).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.7 km² (4.9 mi²), all land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 17,050 people, 3,055 households, and 1,209 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,346.2/km² (3,484.3/mi²). There were 3,190 housing units at an average density of 251.9/km² (651.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 81.00% White, 5.15% African American, 0.22% Native American, 8.02% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.48% from other races, and 3.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.37% of the population.

There were 3,055 households out of which 19.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.4% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 60.4% were non-families. 40.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 6.2% under the age of 18, 68.0% from 18 to 24, 12.3% from 25 to 44, 7.9% from 45 to 64, and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,754, and the median income for a family was $57,050. Males had a median income of $38,547 versus $32,219 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,791. About 6.2% of families and 21.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over. This makes Amherst Center the poorest community in Massachusetts.

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