Peru, Massachusetts

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Peru, Massachusetts

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

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 11% Peru Walking and Biking to Work
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 12% Peru Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Peru Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Peru, Massachusetts

Comparing Peru 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
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 6 1
Age of the Population 5 3
Racial Diversity 2 1
Senior Citizens 1 1
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 9 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 5
People in Middle Class or Better 8 3
Median Family Income 8 2
College Educated Adults 8 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 9
Working at Home 7 5
Public Transportation Use 3 1
Short Commute Times 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 9
Affordability of Rents 2 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 1
People Living Alone 1 2

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Peru Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles NW of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 101 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Berkshire
Metro Area Pittsfield
Standard Zip Codes 01235
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.438
Longitude -73.046

Peru Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.1 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
Distance 26.5 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Distance 27.5 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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Peru Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 821 100%
Male 425 51.8%
Female 396 48.2%
Under 18 228 27.8%
18+ 593 72.2%
65+ 64 7.8%
Median Age 37.2
Average Family Size 3.14
White 804 97.9%
African-American 2 0.2%
Asian 4 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 1 0.1%
Mixed Race 9 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1 0.1%

Estimated Peru Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 837
Growth 16
Growth % 1.9%

Peru 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
French (except Basque) 17.1%
English 16.3%
Irish 12.3%
German 12.3%
Italian 11.7%
Polish 5.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.8%
US/American 4.9%
Scottish 2.5%
Portuguese 2.1%
Scotch-Irish 2%
French Canadian 1.6%
Danish 1.2%
Swedish 1.2%
Russian 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Peru 821 $51,071
Becket 1,755 $53,417
Dalton 6,892 $59,717
Hinsdale 1,872 $51,118
Middlefield 542 $53,889
Washington 544 $55,357
Windsor 875 $57,500

Peru Public Libraries

Peru Library
Peru, Massachusetts
(413) 655-8650

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