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Amherst Township, Lorain County, Ohio

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Amherst Township is one of the eighteen townships of Lorain County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 7,598 people in the township, 6,174 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.[3]

Amherst Township, Lorain County, Ohio
Houses and fields in western Amherst Township
Houses and fields in western Amherst Township
Location in Lorain County, Ohio
Location in Lorain County, Ohio
Coordinates: 41°22′52″N 82°12′48″W / 41.38111°N 82.21333°W / 41.38111; -82.21333Coordinates: 41°22′52″N 82°12′48″W / 41.38111°N 82.21333°W / 41.38111; -82.21333
CountryUnited States
 • Total15.5 sq mi (40.0 km2)
 • Land15.4 sq mi (39.9 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation738 ft (225 m)
 • Total7,598
 • Density493.4/sq mi (190.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)440
FIPS code39-01812[2]
GNIS feature ID1086499[1]


Located in northern Lorain County, it borders the following townships and city:

The city of Amherst is located in northwestern Amherst Township, and part of the village of South Amherst lies in the southwestern part of the township.

Name and historyEdit

  • It is the only township named "Amherst" statewide.
  • Amherst Township was established as a judicially-independent township in 1830, and named after Amherst, New Hampshire.[4] It had been originally created as "Town(ship) number 6 in the 18th Range" (of the Connecticut Western Reserve); but prior to 1830, it was judicially attached to "Black River township". Its first pioneer-settlement began in 1812, when Jacob Shupe built a gristmill on his farm in its northern section. And although many additional pioneers settled throughout the other portions of the township in the 1810s and 1820s, but the actual village of Amherst was not officially established until 1836. By the mid-20th-century, that village eventually encompassed most of the northern half of the original township.


The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[5] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees. The current trustees are Dennis Abraham, Neil Lynch, and David Urig.[6]


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Lorain County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates[permanent dead link] Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 14 May 2007.
  4. ^ Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 3.
  5. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.
  6. ^ Amherst Township Accessed 2007-05-14.

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