Introduction to Williamstown, Massachusetts

Williamstown, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 28 miles E of Albany, New York (center to center) and 112 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located inside the Pittsfield metropolitan area.

Williamstown History

Williamstown was originally called West Hoosac when people first settled in 1749. It was incorporated and named Williamstown after Ephraim Williams, a warrior who died in the French and Indian War. He contributed a large sum of money on the condition that the town be named after him.

Williamstown and Nearby Attractions

  • Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
  • Clarksburg State Park
  • Bennington Battle Monument
  • Ascutney Mountain
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Williamstown

Many parks are located in the region surrounding Williamstown including Clarksburg State Park, Molly Stark State Park, and Mount Greylock State Reservation. Bennington Museum, Shaker Museum and Library, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute are some of the museums located nearby. There are also historical sites like Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site, and Mount Lebanon Shaker Village which are not far from Williamstown.

Williamstown Transportation

Albany International Airport is nearby.

Williamstown Higher Education

Williams College is the local college. Other colleges close to Williamstown are Berkshire Community College, Southern Vermont College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Bennington College.


Total Population 4,437
Male Share of the Population 42.6%
Female Share of the Population 57.4%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 1,888
Age of the Population 21


% of people married 24.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 67.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $103,750
% Above Poverty Level 89.6%
% Below Poverty Level 10.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 42.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 40.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,077
Median House Value $349,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 13.6%
Irish 15.3%

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

Williamstown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles E of Albany, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 112 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Berkshire
Metro Area Pittsfield
Standard Zip Codes 01267
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.711
Longitude -73.204

Williamstown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 14 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 14.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 39 to 57 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 21.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Williamstown, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Wmstown (01267)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

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
North Adams 13,459 $51,758
Savoy 796 $63,661

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

Williamstown Public Libraries

David & Joyce Milne Public Library
Williamstown, Massachusetts
(413) 458-5369
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Williamstown High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 768 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

Williamstown Colleges

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Historic Williamstown


Sigma Phi fraternity house (Williams College) c1902.

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Sigma Phi fraternity house (Williams College) c1902.

Kappa Alpha fraternity house (Williams College) between 1900 and 1906

Congregational church between 1900 and 1906

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