Amherst is a town in Erie County, New York. It is one of the suburbs of Buffalo, the most populous one. It falls within the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metro Area. Eggertsville, Getzville, Snyder, Swormville, and East Amherst, and most of the Village of Williamsville are within this town. It has a total area of 53.5 square miles. 53.2 square miles of the area is land, and the rest is water. Most of the land is drained and converted floodplain and marshland. It was created and incorporated in 1818.
A number of interstate and state highways pass through Amherst, notably Interstates 90, 290 and 990. Educational services drives the local economy. Public schooling is administered by four different district administrations, namely the Williamsville Central School District, the Clarence Central School District, the Amherst Central School District and the Sweet Home Central School District. Higher education options include the North Campus of the University at Buffalo, Daemen College, one campus of Erie Community College, Medaille College and Canisius College. Tourism is popular as the region gets a high amount of snowfall annually, making it ideal for activities such as skiing.
Recreational and cultural options include Amherst Museum, Amherst Symphony and Quartet, theaters, and many more. The cost of living here is 6.40% lower than the country average.
The area gets 37 inches of rain annually. The number of days with measurable precipitation annually is 166. The amount of snowfall is about 82 inches annually.