Cheshire, Massachusetts

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Cheshire, Massachusetts

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High Points

Cheshire strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Cheshire Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Cheshire Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Cheshire Low Property Crime
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 9% Cheshire Affordability of Rents
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Cheshire Median Family Income
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 18% Cheshire Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Cheshire, Massachusetts

Comparing Cheshire to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Age of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 8 2
Well-Paid Single Women 7 1
Senior Citizens 5 7
Racial Diversity 3 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3
Female Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 6 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 3
College Educated Adults 8 2
People in Middle Class or Better 8 2
People Above Poverty 8 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 3
Working at Home 7 5
Short Commute Times 6 9
Walking and Biking to Work 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 6
Affordability of Rents 3 10
People Living Alone 3 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 10 10

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Cheshire Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles E of Albany, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 108 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Berkshire
Metro Area Pittsfield
Standard Zip Codes 01225
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.561
Longitude -73.163

Cheshire Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 13.5 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
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 0 inches
Station CHESTER 2
Distance 20.3 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 31 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 57 to 86 F
Oct Temp 34 to 64 F
Annual Precip 61.6 inches
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Cheshire Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 3,401 100%
Male 1,706 50.2%
Female 1,695 49.8%
Under 18 795 23.4%
18+ 2,606 76.6%
65+ 486 14.3%
Median Age 40.6
Average Family Size 2.92
White 3,340 98.2%
African-American 13 0.4%
Asian 21 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 3 0.1%
Other 2 0.1%
Mixed Race 22 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 15 0.4%

Estimated Cheshire Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 3,357
Growth -44
Growth % -1.3%

Cheshire Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Polish 22.3%
French (except Basque) 15.2%
Irish 13.4%
Italian 12.5%
English 8.8%
German 6.7%
French Canadian 6.4%
US/American 4.4%
Scottish 2.2%
Swedish 1.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 1.3%
Dutch 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Finnish 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Russian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Lebanese 0.3%
Hungarian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Cheshire 3,401 $53,885
Adams 8,809 $40,559
Dalton 6,892 $59,717
Lanesborough 2,990 $51,887
New Ashford 247 $58,125
Savoy 705 $50,114
Windsor 875 $57,500

Cheshire Public Libraries

Cheshire Public Library
Cheshire, Massachusetts
(413) 743-4746

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Cheshire High Schools (2004)

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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1. Salisbury, Massachusetts 80.9   26.5% 11.9% 17.1% 29 $56,327 6.2% 2.5% 7,827 6.8% 18.9 16.8% 5.2
2. Ware, Massachusetts 78   29.2% 15.1% 13.6% 27 $45,505 6.1% 3.5% 9,707 11.2% 17.4 1.2% 4.3
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