Introduction to Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 37 miles SE of Albany, New York (center to center) and 105 miles N of New York, New York. Great Barrington is part of the Pittsfield metro area.

Great Barrington History

Great Barrington was originally inhabited by the Mahican Indians, who named the area Mahaiwe, which means "the place downstream." The town, which was settled in 1726, was a part of Sheffield from 1742 - 1761. Incorporated as the Town of Great Barrington in 1761, it was named in honor of Lord Barrington, the British war minister. However, some also believe that it was named after Great Barrington, a village in Gloucestershire, England. It became a Gilded Age resort community following the arrival of the railroad.

Great Barrington and Nearby Attractions

  • Searles Castle
  • Beartown State Forest
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Lake Mansfield
  • Chesterwood Estate & Museum

Things To Do In Great Barrington

Lake Mansfield offers opportunities for fishing and boating, and Beartown State Forest has horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and fishing. The Searles Castle is a popular attraction situated nearby, and The Berkshire Botanical Garden is also close to the town. Some of the local museums are the Chesterwood Estate and Museum, Santarella, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. The town hosts the Berkshire Summer Arts Festival every year in July.

Great Barrington Transportation

Albany International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Great Barrington Higher Education

Simons Rock College of Bard is situated in Great Barrington. Nearby colleges include Williams College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Westfield State College.


Total Population 2,344
Male Share of the Population 51.2%
Female Share of the Population 48.8%
Senior Citizens 20.5%
Employed Population 16+ 1,342
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 38.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $67,262
% Above Poverty Level 87.8%
% Below Poverty Level 12.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3.4%


People Living Alone 51.3%
Median Gross Rent $914
Median House Value $261,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.4%
US/American 0%
English 8.2%
Irish 11%

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

Great Barrington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles SE of Albany, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 105 miles N of New York, New York
County Berkshire
Metro Area Pittsfield
Standard Zip Codes 01230
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.195
Longitude -73.362

Great Barrington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.2 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
Station COPAKE
Distance 11.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 33 F
Apr Temp 32 to 59 F
Jul Temp 57 to 84 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 34 to 60 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Great Barrington, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Berkshire Heights (01230)

Hartsville (01230)

New Marlboro (01230)

New Marlborou (01230)

Risingdale (01230)

Van Deusenville (01230)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alford 484 $101,875
Egremont 1,123 $78,906
Monterey 872 $66,964
Mount Washington 151 $68,750
Sheffield 3,220 $73,203
Stockbridge 2,062 $89,750

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

Great Barrington Public Libraries

Mason Library
231 MAIN ST.
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
(413) 528-2403

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Great Barrington Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(413) 528-0790
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 12

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