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Amherst, Ohio

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Amherst /ˈæmhərst/7 is a city in Lorain County, Ohio, United States The population was 12,021 at the 2010 census

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
    • 21 Climate
  • 3 Demographics
    • 31 2010 census
    • 32 2000 census
  • 4 Government
  • 5 Transportation
  • 6 Business
  • 7 Growth
  • 8 Notable people
  • 9 In popular culture
  • 10 Notes
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links

Historyedit

  • The original village which eventually became known as Amherst, was established/founded by pioneer settler Josiah Harris 8 who relocated to this area about 1818, although the original tiny village was first known only as "Amherst Corners" in the early-1830s When the village was officially established by Josiah Harris in 1836, it was named "Amherstville", but was later changed to "North Amherst", until finally simply 'Amherst' in 19098 The original 1820s postal-name of the village's first post-office was "Plato"; and the village's post-office retained that postal-name into the 1840s, even after the local-government name of the village officially became 'Amherstville' in the 1830s9

The village is often said to have had its beginnings as early as 1812, because land which was settled by pioneer Jacob Shupe, in the "Beaver Creek Settlement" about a mile north of the later village site, was eventually at a much later time included into the Amherst city-limits However, the actual original Josiah Harris village-plat did not encompass Shupe's site although Shupe's pioneering efforts within the township, which included constructing his own grist-mill/saw-mill and distillery, certainly added to the area's desirability for later pioneers to settle here8 By the latter 1800's, Amherst acquired the title Sandstone Center of the WorldA Many early buildings are constructed of native sandstone, and the quarries were also an important source of grindstones There were nine sandstone quarries in the area operating at the peak of production Cleveland Quarries Company, established in 1868, no longer quarries in Amherst but is still actively quarrying Berea Sandstone

Geographyedit

Amherst, part of the Greater Cleveland area, is located at 41°24′0″N 82°13′34″W / 4140000°N 8222611°W / 4140000; -8222611 41399993, -8222620111 The elevation is 689 feet 210 m above sea level Amherst is located 25 miles 4 km south of Lake Erie According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 712 square miles 184 km2, of which 706 square miles 183 km2 or 9916% is land and 006 square miles 016 km2 or 084% is water12

Climateedit

Amherst possesses a humid continental climate Köppen climate classification Dfa / Borderline humid subtropical climate zone Cfa, typical of much of the Central United States, with very warm to hot, humid summers and cold winters with moderate snow

Amherst is located in Hardiness Zone 6a/6b13 A recent trend since the Hardiness rezoning is the discovery that certain tropical plants like the Needle Palm, Chinese Windmill Palm and Fiber Banana trees can grow in Amherst with some protection

Climate data for Amherst, Ohio
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F °C 34
1
36
2
47
8
58
14
69
21
80
27
84
29
81
27
75
24
65
18
52
11
39
4
60
155
Average low °F °C 19
−7
21
−6
28
−2
39
4
48
9
58
14
62
17
61
16
55
13
45
7
37
3
25
−4
415
53
Average rainfall inches mm 23
58
21
53
27
69
33
84
35
89
39
99
37
94
36
91
33
84
25
64
31
79
27
69
367
932
Average snowfall inches cm 132
335
118
30
70
178
11
28
01
03
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
01
03
30
76
110
279
450
1143
Source: 14

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1880 1,542
1890 1,648 69%
1900 1,758 67%
1910 2,106 198%
1920 2,485 180%
1930 2,844 144%
1940 2,896 18%
1950 3,542 223%
1960 6,750 906%
1970 9,902 467%
1980 10,620 73%
1990 10,332 −27%
2000 11,797 142%
2010 12,021 19%
Est 2016 12,078 05%
US Decennial Census16

2010 censusedit

As of the census4 of 2010, there were 12,021 people, 4,772 households, and 3,463 families residing in the city The population density was 1,7027 inhabitants per square mile 6574/km2 There were 5,031 housing units at an average density of 7126 per square mile 2751/km2 The racial makeup of the city was 957% White, 07% African American, 02% Native American, 07% Asian, 10% from other races, and 17% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 53% of the population

There were 4,772 households of which 308% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 577% were married couples living together, 107% had a female householder with no husband present, 41% had a male householder with no wife present, and 274% were non-families 237% of all households were made up of individuals and 115% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 250 and the average family size was 295

The median age in the city was 45 years 221% of residents were under the age of 18; 73% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 207% were from 25 to 44; 323% were from 45 to 64; and 178% were 65 years of age or older The gender makeup of the city was 483% male and 517% female

2000 censusedit

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 11,797 people, 4,459 households, and 3,388 families residing in the city The population density was 1,6461 people per square mile 6353/km² There were 4,603 housing units at an average density of 6423 per square mile 2479/km² The racial makeup of the city was 9684% White, 053% African American, 014% Native American, 073% Asian, 001% Pacific Islander, 078% from other races, and 098% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 293% of the population

There were 4,459 households out of which 344% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 656% were married couples living together, 79% had a female householder with no husband present, and 240% were non-families Twenty-onesix percent of all households were made up of individuals, and 111% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 261, and the average family size was 304

In the city the population was spread out with 260% under the age of 18, 56% from 18 to 24, 273% from 25 to 44, 254% from 45 to 64, and 157% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 40 years For every 100 females there were 922 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 879 males

The median income for a household in the city was $53,516, and the median income for a family was $57,990 Males had a median income of $47,750 versus $27,880 for females The per capita income for the city was $25,565 About 12% of families and 21% of the population were below the poverty line, including 03% of those under age 18 and 35% of those age 65 or over

Governmentedit

The government in Amherst has traditionally been balanced between the local Democratic and the Republican Parties

The political makeup of the city is -

  • Democrats: 561%
  • Republicans: 434%17

Since becoming a city in 1960, the political power was balanced until the late 1960s and early 1970s when the Republicans led by Mayor Anthony DePaola dominated until 1983 when Democrat John Jaworski was elected mayor

The city's leadership currently includes:

Office title Incumbent Political party Term expires
Mayor Mark Costilow Republican 12/31/19
President of Council John S Dietrich Democratic 12/31/17
Auditor David Kukucka Democratic 12/31/17
Treasurer Richard Ramsey Republican 12/31/17
City Director of Law Anthony R Pecora Democratic 12/31/19
Safety/Service Director - Appointed John Jeffreys Republican 12/31/19
Council at Large David Janik Democratic 12/31/17
Council at Large Joe Miller Democratic 12/31/17
Council at Large Phil Van Treuren Republican 12/31/17
1st Ward Council Brian Dembinski Democratic 12/31/17
2nd Ward Council David W Goodell Republican 12/31/17
3rd Ward Council Charles S Winiarski Republican 12/31/17
4th Ward Council Jennifer Wasilk Republican 12/31/17

18

Transportationedit

Main Street in Amherst

By far the most common mode of transportation to, from or within Amherst is by car However the downtown area is walkable State Route 2 runs west to east through the northern portion of Amherst providing access to downtown Cleveland 25 minutes, its suburbs and Sandusky, Ohio There are two exit/entrance ramps in the city Oak Point Road and State Route 58 The Ohio Turnpike also runs west to east along the City's southern border and there is one exit/entrance ramp just south of the city in Amherst Township at State Route 58 Parts of the city are also served by the Lorain County Transit system Cleveland Hopkins CLE is the nearest International airport; it is located approximately 35 minutes east of the city

Businessedit

Amherst is home to a Nordson factory that manufactures various products, as well as KTM-Sportmotorcycle America's Corporate office In the city's scenic downtown section, Ben Franklin's dime store sells many types of fish and aquarium accessories, model cars, puzzles, and the like Amherst is also home to Ziggy's, a bar and grill that President Obama visited in 2012

Growthedit

A recent housing boom has created demand for new retail areas in Amherst Target has recently opened inside the city limits

Notable peopleedit

  • Mike Finley, author of over 110 books
  • Jim Hayford, basketball head coach, Seattle University
  • Joel Hills Johnson, Mormon pioneer, published poet and gospel hymn writer, Utah politician, founded Utah towns of Enoch and Johnson
  • Mika Johnson, filmmaker and musician
  • Jerry Lawler, professional wrestler and commentator
  • Ryan Rua, professional baseball player19
  • Henry Dwight Stratton, founder of Bryant & Stratton College

In popular cultureedit

  • Amherst, Ohio was the setting for the 2015 film The Bronze

Notesedit

  1. ^ Nearby Berea, Ohio proclaimed itself "The Grindstone Capital of the World"10

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "2016 Elected City Officials" PDF Lorain County Board of Elections p 1 Retrieved 1 February 2016 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2012-01-24 Retrieved 2013-01-06 
  3. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names" United States Geological Survey 2007-10-25 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2013-01-06 
  5. ^ "Population Estimates" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-06-17 Retrieved 2013-06-17 
  6. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  7. ^ "A Pronunciation Guide to Places in Ohio" Retrieved 26 February 2015 
  8. ^ a b c GeoF, Wright 1916 A standard history of Lorain county, Ohio Lewis Publishing Co 
  9. ^ directories of USPost-Offices, varyears beginning 1828
  10. ^ Kucinich, Dennis 2012-09-21 "In Honor of the City of Berea" Congressional Record Retrieved 2013-06-16 
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990" United States Census Bureau 2011-02-12 Retrieved 2011-04-23 
  12. ^ "2010 Census US Gazetteer Files for Places – Ohio" United States Census Archived from the original on 2016-07-02 Retrieved 2012-10-19 
  13. ^ The Arbor Day Foundation Arbordayorg 1999-02-22 Retrieved on 2017-01-25
  14. ^ "City-Data, Average Climate for Amherst, Ohio" Retrieved August 9, 2009 
  15. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  16. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2015 
  17. ^ Amherst Profile
  18. ^ 2015 Primary Election Unofficial Results loraincountyelectionscom
  19. ^ 1

External linksedit

  • City website
  • Amherst Schools

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