People don’t want to live here.
Moneysense Magazine rated Amherst as the best small town in Nova Scotia in their 2017 ranking of the best places to live in Canada. Affordable housing, great health care, and vibrant arts and recreation culture are some of the outstanding features.
There is limited healthcare.
There is the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre that provides 24-hour emergency room care, diagnostic imaging, cancer care, surgeries, and obstetrics. There is also the Victorian Order of Nurses that offers more than 75 home care, personal support and community services.
It's far away from everything.
An international airport and the urban centre of Moncton are just over a half an hour away. As the second-largest small town in Nova Scotia, Amherst is home to 9,400 residents and another 100,000 people who live within a half-hour drive.
There are limited educational facilities within Amherst.
Amherst is the location of one of Nova Scotia Community College’s campuses. It also has a regional high school, a junior high school and three elementary schools.