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Overview

Introduction to Lee, Massachusetts

Lee, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 34 miles W of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center) and 112 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Pittsfield metropolitan area.

Lee History

Lee, which was originally inhabited by the Mahican Indians, was settled in 1760 as Dodgetown. In 1777, the town was incorporated as Lee. It was named in honor of Revolutionary General Charles Lee and was created from parts of Washington and Great Barrington. Initially, the town's economy was largely depended upon lumbering and agriculture, but papermaking later became the primary business. The first paper mill, built in 1806, was known as the Eagle Mill. Lee is also well known for its marble. The first quarry was established in 1852.

Lee and Nearby Attractions

  • Animagic Museum of Animation Special Effects & Art
  • October Mountain State Forest
  • Laurel Lake
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Lee

Lee is home to the Animagic Museum of Animation Special Effects & Art. The Berkshire Botanical Garden is another popular site to tour. The October Mountain State Forest, the Beartown State Forest, the Mount Washington State Forest, and the Tolland State Forest are nearby as well. Other museums nearby include the Bidwell House Museum, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Chesterwood Estate and Museum, and Santarella. The town also hosts the Festival Latino of the Berkshires every September.

Lee Transportation

Air transportation is available at Bradley International Airport.

Lee Higher Education

Colleges close to Lee are Williams College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Westfield State College.

People

Total Population 1,773
Male Share of the Population 45%
Female Share of the Population 55%
Senior Citizens 20.5%
Employed Population 16+ 776
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 38.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,326
% Above Poverty Level 82.3%
% Below Poverty Level 17.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.1%
% Using Public Transportation 8.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 42.9%
Median Gross Rent $730
Median House Value $225,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.2%
US/American 0%
English 20.1%
Irish 17.5%

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

Lee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles W of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 112 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Berkshire
Metro Area Pittsfield
Standard Zip Codes 01238
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01264
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.304
Longitude -73.248

Lee 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 STOCKBRIDGE
Distance 4.3 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 13.6 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 13.7 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
Lenox 1,599 $110,938
Richmond 1,498 $113,438
Stockbridge 2,062 $89,750
Tyringham 393 $78,125
Washington 555 $71,625
West Stockbridge 1,195 $92,045

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

Lee Public Libraries

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Lee Library Association
100 MAIN ST.
Lee, Massachusetts
(413) 243-0385

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Lee High Schools

LEE MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL
300 GREYLOCK STREET
413-243-2787
Serves 482 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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Public Library 1911

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Public Library 1911

The Housatonic between 1900 and 1915

The Greenock Inn 1911

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