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Amherst, Wisconsin - Basic Facts

The Village of Amherst had a population of 1,054 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Amherst is located at latitude 44.4508 and longitude -89.2848 in Portage County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Amherst encompass a land area of 1.31 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Portage County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,050 feet.

The Village of Amherst (GNIS ID: 1582689) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.


Amherst, WI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 1,054 (100%)
Population in Households 1,054 (100.0%)
Population in Families 854 (81.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 823
Diversity Index2 12


Median Household Income $55,017
Average Household Income $73,520
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $30,354
Wealth Index5 61


Total HU (Housing Units) 486 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 338 (69.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 111 (22.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 37 ( 7.6%)
Median Home Value $167,560
Average Home Value $186,283
Housing Affordability Index3 191


Total Households 449
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 299
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.18% 0.19%
Households 0.33% 0.31%
Families 0.86% 0.2%
Median Household Income   2.34%
Per Capita Income   2.99%
Owner Occupied HU   0.35%


Amherst, WI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Amherst to the other 778 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Wisconsin by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 380 51st
Population Density # 313 60th
Median Household Income # 461 41st
Housing Affordability Index # 387 50th
Per Capita Income # 369 53rd
Diversity Index # 524 33rd

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