Amherst County

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Amherst County, Virginia

153 Washington St
Amherst, VA 24521
Phone: (434) 946-9400
Fax: (434) 946-9370
www.countyofamherst.com

In west-central VA, north of Lynchburg; organized 1761 from Albemarle County. Name Origin: For Lord Jeffery Amherst (1717-97), commander of British forces in North America during the French and Indian Wars

Area (sq mi):: 478.78 (land 475.18; water 3.60) Population per square mile: 67.60
Population 2005: 32,134 State rank: 54 Population change: 2000-20005 0.80%; 1990-2000 11.60% Population 2000: 31,894 (White 77.30%; Black or African American 19.80%; Hispanic or Latino 1.00%; Asian 0.40%; Other 2.10%). Foreign born: 1.20%. Median age: 38.00
Income 2000: per capita $16,952; median household $37,393; Population below poverty level: 10.70% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $20,957-$22,055
Unemployment (2004): 4.40% Unemployment change (from 2000): 0.60% Median travel time to work: 23.60 minutes Working outside county of residence: 53.70%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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"Country Road, Amherst County, Virginia," is a 1941 oil painting measuring 28 by 32 inches, by Elizabeth Nottingham Day (1907-1956).
McLeRoy, Strangers in Their Midst: Free Black Population of Amherst County, Virginia (Bowie MD: Heritage Books, 1993), 5, 51, introduce standardized definitions of the terms mestizo and mulatto where a "mestizo" is a "person with mixed Indian and Caucasian ancestry" while a "mulatto" is "a person with mixed Negro and Caucasian ancestry." These definitions are highly misleading to Virginia history where the term mestizo was never used.
Ralls Janet Thought to have originated as a chance seedling on the farm of Caleb Ralls in Amherst County, Virginia, before 1800.