Dalton, Massachusetts

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Dalton, Massachusetts

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 has a population of 6,892.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Dalton Short Commute Times
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Dalton Low Property Crime
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Dalton Low Rate of Poverty
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 13% Dalton Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Dalton, Massachusetts

Comparing Dalton 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
Age of the Population 9 7
Well-Paid Single Women 8 5
Senior Citizens 7 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 5
Female Share of the Population 6 8
Male Share of the Population 5 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4
Racial Diversity 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 4
Average Household Size 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 9
Median Family Income 7 4
College Educated Adults 7 5
People in Middle Class or Better 7 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 10
Working at Home 5 3
Public Transportation Use 3 2
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 6 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 8
People Living Alone 5 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 7
Housing Recently Built 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 8

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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Dalton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,892 100%
Male 3,293 47.8%
Female 3,599 52.2%
Under 18 1,776 25.8%
18+ 5,116 74.2%
65+ 1,152 16.7%
Median Age 40.1
Average Family Size 3.04
White 6,739 97.8%
African-American 35 0.5%
Asian 49 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 30 0.4%
Mixed Race 31 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 70 1%

Estimated Dalton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,700
Growth -192
Growth % -2.8%

Dalton 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
Irish 21.2%
Italian 16.1%
English 14.1%
German 8.6%
French (except Basque) 7.8%
French Canadian 6.8%
Polish 5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.3%
US/American 3.8%
Scottish 3%
Dutch 1.9%
Greek 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Danish 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Swedish 0.6%
Norwegian 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Finnish 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Luxemburger 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Dalton 6,892 $59,717
Cheshire 3,401 $53,885
Hinsdale 1,872 $51,118
Lanesborough 2,990 $51,887
Peru 821 $51,071
Pittsfield 45,793 $46,228
Windsor 875 $57,500

Dalton Public Libraries

Dalton Free Public Library
Dalton, Massachusetts
(413) 684-6112
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Dalton High Schools (2004)

Serves 787 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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Historic Dalton


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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