Lee, Massachusetts

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Lee, Massachusetts

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, which is located in the Pittsfield metropolitan area, has a population of 5,985.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Lee Low Property Crime
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Lee Short Commute Times
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 10% Lee Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Lee, Massachusetts

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 3
Average Household Size 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 4
People Above Poverty 7 3
People in Middle Class or Better 7 3
Median Family Income 6 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 10
Short Commute Times 9 10
Working at Home 6 4
Public Transportation Use 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 8
People Living Alone 6 8
Affordability of Rents 5 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 9
Housing Recently Built 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 4 3

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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

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

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,985 100%
Male 2,900 48.5%
Female 3,085 51.5%
Under 18 1,323 22.1%
18+ 4,662 77.9%
65+ 1,003 16.8%
Median Age 40.4
Average Family Size 2.91
White 5,801 96.9%
African-American 37 0.6%
Asian 57 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.2%
Other 44 0.7%
Mixed Race 36 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 149 2.5%

Estimated Lee Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,885
Growth -100
Growth % -1.7%

Lee 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
Italian 22.1%
Irish 21.4%
US/American 12.5%
English 10.5%
French (except Basque) 5.1%
German 5.1%
French Canadian 4.7%
Polish 4.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4%
Scottish 2.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Russian 1%
Canadian 0.9%
Dutch 0.9%
European 0.7%
Swedish 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
British 0.4%
Eastern European 0.4%
Welsh 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Hungarian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lee 5,985 $49,630
Lenox 5,077 $61,413
Richmond 1,604 $72,500
Stockbridge 2,276 $59,556
Tyringham 350 $67,679
Washington 544 $55,357
West Stockbridge 1,416 $64,464

Lee Public Libraries

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

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Lee High Schools (2004)

Serves 482 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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1. Sheffield, Massachusetts 88.9   26.5% 15.8% 28.3% 23 $50,944 5.3% 2.6% 3,335 5.3% 12.6 13% 2.7
2. Lancaster, New Hampshire 86.8   27.4% 17.1% 24.4% 22 $43,333 6.3% 1.9% 3,280 9.7% 17.1 7.3% 2.7
3. Warren, Rhode Island 86   30.6% 17.9% 22.9% 23 $52,824 5% 3.2% 11,360 7.3% 17.1 1.8% 1.6
4. Great Barrington, Massachusetts 84   32.7% 18.8% 33.3% 21 $53,135 4.4% 5.3% 7,527 7.2% 14.9 7% 4
5. Swanzey, New Hampshire 82.1   22.5% 13% 20.6% 22 $51,500 5.9% 1.7% 6,800 5.4% 13.5 2.8% 1.6
6. Beloit, Kansas 80.4   33.1% 21.3% 20.4% 11 $43,030 5.5% 3.1% 4,019 8.9% 15.2 0.9% 1.7
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