In July 2010, CNNMoney.com ranked Amherst 42nd in a list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. In 2012, CNNMoney.com ranked Amherst 50th. In 2011, 2012, Amherst was selected as one of America’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance.
The largest and most populous suburb of Buffalo, New York, the town of Amherst encompasses most of the village of Williamsville and the hamlets of Eggertsville, Getzville, Snyder, Swormville, and East Amherst. The town is in the northern part of the county and borders a small section of the Erie Canal.
Amherst is home of the Amherst campus of the University at Buffalo; the graduate campus of Medaille College, a campus of Bryant and Stratton College; and Daemen College. Millard Filmore Suburban Hospital is located in the center of town on Maple Road.
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