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Amherst is the birthplace of Emily Dickinson, a famous poet of America of the mid-nineteenth century. Amherst is a town in Hampshire country, Massachusetts, US, in the Connecticut River valley. The population was 37,819, according to; the census 2010. It was then the largest community in, Hampshire County, The town is home to Amherst College,, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s three of the five colleges. Amherst is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan  Statistical Area. Lying 18 miles northeast of the city of Springfield, Amherst is considered the northernmost town in the Hartford-Springfield Knowledge Corridor Metropolitan Region. The name of the town is pronounced as “xmarst” without the “h” sound.



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