Some of the cities, towns, and places in Amherst County are Amherst, Clifford, Elon, Madison Heights, Monroe, Riverville, Stapleton, Sweet Briar
Amherst County is a county, located in the Piedmont region and near the center of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. The county is part of the Lynchburg, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, and its county seat is also named Amherst.Amherst County was created in 1761 out of Albemarle County, and it was named in honor of Lord Jeffery Amherst, the so-called "Conqueror of Canada". In 1807 as population increased, the county was reduced in size in order to form Nelson County. Tobacco was the major cash crop of the county during its early years. The labor-intensive crop was worked and processed by enslaved Africans and African Americans before the American Civil War.
As of the 2010 census, the population of the rural county was 32,353, a small increase from the 31,894 people reported in the 2000 census.