Introduction to North Adams, Massachusetts

North Adams, Massachusetts is 33 miles E of Albany, New York and 107 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. It is in Berkshire county. The city is part of the Pittsfield metro area.

North Adams History

The original inhabitants of North Adams settled in this area in 1737. The city was officially recognized in 1878. North Adams is named after Samuel Adams, the famous leader and patriot who participated in the American Revolution and signed on the Declaration of Independence.

North Adams and nearby Attractions

  • Hardman Industrial Park
  • North Adams Public Library
  • North Adams City Hall
  • North Adams Center
  • Houghton Memorial Building
  • Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

Things To Do In North Adams

The city offers a wide range of entertainment and amusement facilities. One can visit the Historic Valley Park, Cascade Park, Church Street Historic District, Normal School Historic and the Heritage Park. You can also pay a visit to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum hosts interesting events and cultural activities.

North Adams Transportation

Barnes Municipal is the nearest Airport.

North Adams Higher Education

Williams College offers higher education close.


Total Population 13,459
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 17.9%
Employed Population 16+ 5,816
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 38.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.4%
Median Earnings25+ $30,194
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,697
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,107


Median Family Income $51,758
% Above Poverty Level 81.5%
% Below Poverty Level 18.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2%


People Living Alone 38.2%
Median Gross Rent $666
Median House Value $150,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.8%
US/American 0.2%
English 11.1%
Irish 19.9%

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

North Adams Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 33 miles E of Albany, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 107 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Berkshire
Metro Area Pittsfield
Standard Zip Codes 01247
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.7
Longitude -73.109

North Adams Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 30 F
Apr Temp 31 to 53 F
Jul Temp 55 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Distance 18.5 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 VERNON
Distance 30.4 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Adams 5,475 $60,988
Clarksburg 1,606 $62,500
Florida 718 $67,841
New Ashford 285 $98,214
Savoy 796 $63,661
Williamstown 4,437 $103,750

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

North Adams Public Libraries

North Adams Public Library
North Adams, Massachusetts
(413) 662-3133

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North Adams Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(413) 664-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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North Adams High Schools

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Serves 618 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 440 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.6

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Historic North Adams


Church Street c1908.

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Church Street c1908.

Normal school c1908.

First Baptist Church between 1900 and 1910

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