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Overview

Introduction to Adams, Massachusetts

Adams, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 32 miles E of Albany, New York and 106 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is considered part of the Pittsfield metropolitan area.

Adams History

The township of East Hoosac was bought by Nathan Jones at an auction in 1762. In 1778, Adams was formally incorporated and named in honor of patriot and publicist of the Revolution, Samuel Adams. The area was originally inhabited by a group of Quakers who came to the area in 1737. Cotton mills once played a pivotal role in the town's economic growth. The opening of the Hoosac Tunnel in 1875 propelled the establishment of a number of mills.

Adams and nearby Attractions

  • Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Susan B Anthony Homestead
  • Soldiers Memorial Field
  • Savoy Mountain State Forest
  • Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
  • Mount Greylock State Reservation

Things To Do In Adams

Soldiers Memorial Field or the Bennington Battle Monument is an important historic site near Adams. Berkshire Museum in Adams has fine displays of art and sculpture from different parts of the world. The Bennington Museum throws light on enthralling facts regarding the local history of the place. Some of the important festivals of Adams are Adams Fair, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Berkshire Theater Festival, Williamstown Theater Festival and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Festival. Other nearby attractions include Berkshire Botanical Garden and Holyoke Merry-Go-Round.

Adams Transportation

Bradley International is the nearest major airport.

Adams Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Williams College, Berkshire Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Westfield State College.

People

Total Population 5,475
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 17.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,770
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 46.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,988
% Above Poverty Level 89.3%
% Below Poverty Level 10.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.6%
Median Gross Rent $646
Median House Value $142,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.7%
US/American 0%
English 7.2%
Irish 15%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Adams Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles E of Albany, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 106 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Berkshire
Metro Area Pittsfield
Standard Zip Codes 01220
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.624
Longitude -73.118

Adams Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station READSBORO 1 SE
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 30 F
Apr Temp 31 to 53 F
Jul Temp 55 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Station CUMMINGTON HILL
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 52 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 37 to 57 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station KNIGHTVILLE DAM
Distance 26.8 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 33 F
Apr Temp 32 to 56 F
Jul Temp 56 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cheshire 593 $83,571
Clarksburg 1,606 $62,500
Florida 718 $67,841
New Ashford 285 $98,214
North Adams 13,459 $51,758
Savoy 796 $63,661

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Adams Public Libraries

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Adams Free Library
92 PARK ST.
Adams, Massachusetts
(413) 743-8345

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The Library c1906.

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The Library c1906.

Richmond Hotel c1908.

Church Street c1908.

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