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Overview

Introduction to Adams, Massachusetts

Adams, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 32 miles E of Albany, New York and 106 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is considered part of the Pittsfield metropolitan area.

Adams History

The township of East Hoosac was bought by Nathan Jones at an auction in 1762. In 1778, Adams was formally incorporated and named in honor of patriot and publicist of the Revolution, Samuel Adams. The area was originally inhabited by a group of Quakers who came to the area in 1737. Cotton mills once played a pivotal role in the town's economic growth. The opening of the Hoosac Tunnel in 1875 propelled the establishment of a number of mills.

Adams and nearby Attractions

  • Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Susan B Anthony Homestead
  • Soldiers Memorial Field
  • Savoy Mountain State Forest
  • Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
  • Mount Greylock State Reservation

Things To Do In Adams

Soldiers Memorial Field or the Bennington Battle Monument is an important historic site near Adams. Berkshire Museum in Adams has fine displays of art and sculpture from different parts of the world. The Bennington Museum throws light on enthralling facts regarding the local history of the place. Some of the important festivals of Adams are Adams Fair, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Berkshire Theater Festival, Williamstown Theater Festival and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Festival. Other nearby attractions include Berkshire Botanical Garden and Holyoke Merry-Go-Round.

Adams Transportation

Bradley International is the nearest major airport.

Adams Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Williams College, Berkshire Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Westfield State College.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,412
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens18.7%
Employed Population 16+2,704
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married47%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.3%
Median Earnings25+$37,345
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,128
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,337

Wealth

Median Family Income$62,740
% Above Poverty Level89%
% Below Poverty Level11%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone37.9%
Median Gross Rent$628
Median House Value$148,200

Ancestry

French Except Basque23.9%
Polish22.2%
Italian19%
Irish14.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.8%
German8.8%
English7.5%
Canadian6.6%
Scottish2.2%
Portuguese1.1%
Arab1.1%
Russian0.9%
Dutch0.9%
Lebanese0.8%
Swedish0.5%
Greek0.4%
Finnish0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Cape Verdean0.2%
African0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Slovak0.1%
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Adams Almanac

CategoryValue
County Berkshire County
Standard Zip Codes1220
Phone Area Codes413
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.62
Approximate Longitude-73.11

Adams Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationREADSBORO 1 SE
Distance12.8 miles
Jan Temp9 to 30 F
Apr Temp31 to 53 F
Jul Temp55 to 79 F
Oct Temp35 to 58 F
Annual Precip51.5 inches
StationCUMMINGTON HILL
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp33 to 52 F
Jul Temp58 to 78 F
Oct Temp37 to 57 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationKNIGHTVILLE DAM
Distance26.8 miles
Jan Temp10 to 33 F
Apr Temp32 to 56 F
Jul Temp56 to 82 F
Oct Temp34 to 61 F
Annual Precip48 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cheshire647$71,643
Clarksburg1,652$64,231
Florida793$68,462
New Ashford308$89,375
North Adams13,326$51,571
Savoy764$64,205

Adams Public Libraries

Adams Free Library
92 PARK ST.
Adams, Massachusetts
(413) 743-8345

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Adams Public Schools

Plunkett Elementary
14 Commercial Street
ZIP: 1220
(413) 743-0876
Primary
Total Enrollment 467
Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter Public School
1 Commercial Place, Po Box 267
ZIP: 1220
(413) 743-7311
Other
Total Enrollment 334

Adams Private Schools

St Stanislaus Kostka School
108 Summer St
ZIP: 1220
Elementary
Total Enrollment 113
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Historic Adams

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The Library c1906.

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The Library c1906.

Richmond Hotel c1908.

Church Street c1908.

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