Introduction to Lenox, Massachusetts

Lenox, Massachusetts is 31 miles SE of Albany, New York (center to center) and 113 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. Situated in Berkshire County, Lenox is part of the Pittsfield metro area.

Lenox History

In 1750, Jonathan and Sarah Hinsdale, the first settlers, arrived and established a small inn and general store. In 1761, when the Province of Massachusetts began selling land for townships, Josiah Dean purchased the lot which was to become the cities of Lenox and Richmond. Officially incorporated in 1767, Lenox was named in honor of Charles Lennox, the 3rd Duke of Richmond and Lennox. The city is situated in a scenic countryside which has developed as an art colony that has been home to several famous artists, such as Fanny Kemble, Catherine Sedgwick and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Lenox and Nearby Attractions

  • Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Undermountain Farm and Riding Stable
  • Churchstreet Street Gallery
  • Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
  • Bousquet Ski Area
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Lenox

Lenox has numerous theaters, art galleries, museums, historic sites, and ski areas. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, October Mountain State Forest, and Kennedy Park are venues to experience the beauty of nature, as well as go hiking, or picnicking. Horseback riding is available at the Undermountain Farm and Riding Stable. Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum and The Mount are popular historical attractions, and the Bosquet Ski Area offers miniature golf, scenic chairlift rides, snow tubing, go-karting, and water sliding.

Lenox Transportation

Flights are available from Albany International Airport.

Lenox Higher Education

The closest colleges to Lenox are Williams College, Hudson Valley Community College, Berkshire Community College, Maria College of Albany, and Siena College.


Total Population 1,599
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 37.6%
Employed Population 16+ 488
Age of the Population 58


% of people married 41.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 50.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $110,938
% Above Poverty Level 89.9%
% Below Poverty Level 10.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 13.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 67.5%
Median Gross Rent $732
Median House Value $383,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
US/American 0%
English 13.8%
Irish 25.5%

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

Lenox Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles SE of Albany, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 113 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Berkshire
Metro Area Pittsfield
Standard Zip Codes 01240
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.356
Longitude -73.285

Lenox Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.6 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
Distance 15.8 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
Distance 19.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lee 1,773 $45,326
Pittsfield 43,926 $58,551
Richmond 1,498 $113,438
Stockbridge 2,062 $89,750
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/.

Lenox Public Libraries

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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Lenox High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 472 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.9

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Historic Lenox


High Lawn House between 1910 and 1920

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High Lawn House between 1910 and 1920

Sunnyridge (home of Winthrop Folsom) between 1910 and 1920

Bellefontaine (country home of Giraud Foster) between 1910 and 1920

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