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Overview

Introduction to Dalton, Massachusetts

Dalton, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 32 miles E of Albany, New York and 108 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Pittsfield metropolitan area.

Dalton History

Dalton was officially incorporated in 1784. It was named after Tristram Dalton, the Speaker of the House at that time. Dalton was mainly a rural and industrial community, and there were mills set up along the Housatonic River. Dalton is home to one of the largest paper and paper products producing company in the country, Crane & Co.

Dalton and nearby Attractions

  • Berkshire Museum
  • William Cullen Bryant Homestead
  • Beartown State Forest
  • Hancock Shaker Village
  • Waconah Falls State Park

Things To Do In Dalton

The Berkshire Museum has 14 galleries, an aquarium, a theatre and a museum store, and is accessible from Dalton. The William Cullen Bryant Homestead is a popular local historical site, while visitors can view wildlife in their natural habitat at the Beartown State Forest. Skiing can be enjoyed at the Bousquet Ski area.

Dalton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Albany International Airport.

Dalton Higher Education

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

People

Total Population 6,709
Male Share of the Population 51.8%
Female Share of the Population 48.2%
Senior Citizens 21.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,324
Age of the Population 48

Families

% of people married 46.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $62,212
% Above Poverty Level 85.1%
% Below Poverty Level 14.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.8%
Median Gross Rent $644
Median House Value $181,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.6%
US/American 0%
English 17.2%
Irish 29.4%

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

Dalton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 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 01226
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01227
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.473
Longitude -73.177

Dalton 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 CUMMINGTON HILL
Distance 12.5 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
Station CHESTER 2
Distance 15.6 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
Station GREAT BARRINGTON 5 SW
Distance 25.5 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 56 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 60 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cheshire 593 $83,571
Hinsdale 2,093 $74,485
Lanesborough 3,027 $87,989
Peru 872 $75,833
Pittsfield 43,926 $58,551
Windsor 905 $94,250

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

Dalton Public Libraries

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Dalton Free Public Library
462 MAIN STREET
Dalton, Massachusetts
(413) 684-6112
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150 WINDSOR RD
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Serves 787 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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Historic Dalton

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Willow Brook (Home of Zenas Crane) c1909 (est.)

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Willow Brook (Home of Zenas Crane) c1909 (est.)

The Irving House between 1910 and 1920

Home of Zenas Crane between 1900 and 1915

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