Amherst, New Hampshire is nestled in Hillsborough County has approximately 11,685 people living within the community. The picturesque town is home to Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary, Hodgman State Forest, the Joe English Reservation and Baboosic Lake. Like many New England towns, Amherst was the result of a land grant given to soldiers - in 1728 that had participated in King Phillip’s War. Settled about 1733, it was first called "Narragansett Number 3," It was chartered in 1760 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth and by the early 1800s the towns of Milford and Mont Vernon had broken off on their own and Amherst remained. Amherst is a growing suburban community that has successfully maintained many desirable rural characteristics. The town has seen growth in commercial development over the last several years and has a vibrant business district adjacent to the Route 101-A corridor that is home to several national retailers. There is a significant amount of undeveloped industrial land in the same area of town, which is also home to several existing businesses ranging from start-ups to a large regional warehousing operation. The town has a total area of 34.8 square miles.
Surrounding areas include: Hollis, Pepperell, Brookline, Milford, Lowell, Groton