Amherst, Massachusetts

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Amherst, Massachusetts
Town
Downtown Amherst. Shops along the west side of South Pleasant Street, February 2005.
Nickname(s): The People's Republic of Amherst[1][2][3]
Location in Hampshire County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°22′49″N 72°31′25″W / 42.38028°N 72.52361°W / 42.38028; -72.52361Coordinates: 42°22′49″N 72°31′25″W / 42.38028°N 72.52361°W / 42.38028; -72.52361
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Hampshire
Settled 1703
Incorporated 1759
Government
 • Type Representative town meeting
Area
 • Total 27.8 sq mi (71.9 km2)
 • Land 27.7 sq mi (71.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 295 ft (90 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 37,819
 • Density 1,365.3/sq mi (526.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01002
Area code(s) 413
FIPS code 25-01325
GNIS feature ID 0618195
Amherst, Massachusetts, 2005.

Amherst is a town in the American state of Massachusetts. It is in Hampshire County. There are three colleges in Amherst. It is named after Sir Jeffrey Amherst. It has a population of about 30,000 people.

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