Amherst, New York

Amherst (/ˈæmhərst/ (listen)[1]) is a town in Erie County, New York, United States. Amherst is the most populous town in New York state outside of the New York City metropolitan area, and an inner ring suburb of Buffalo. As of 2020, the town had a total population of 129,595.[2] This represents an increase of 5.9% from the 2010 census.[3]

Amherst, New York
Amherst Municipal Building
Location in Erie County and the state of New York.
Location of New York in the United States
Amherst, New York
Location in Erie County and the state of New York.
Amherst, New York
Amherst, New York (the United States)
Amherst, New York
Amherst, New York (North America)
Coordinates: 42°58′42″N 78°48′00″W
Country United States
State New York
IncorporatedApril 10, 1818
Named forLord Jeffrey Amherst
  TypeTown Council
  SupervisorBrian Kulpa (D)
Town Council Deborah Bruch Bucki (D)
  • Shawn Lavin (D)
  • Jacqualine G. Berger (D)
  • Michael Szukala (D)

The second largest in area and the most populous suburb of Buffalo, the town of Amherst encompasses the village of Williamsville as well as the hamlets of Eggertsville, Getzville, Snyder, Swormville, and East Amherst. The town is in the northern part of Erie County and borders a section of the Erie Canal.

Amherst is home to the north campus of the University at Buffalo, the graduate campus of Medaille College, a satellite campus of Bryant & Stratton College, and Daemen College.

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