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Overview

Introduction to Dalton, Massachusetts

Dalton, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 32 miles E of Albany, New York and 108 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Pittsfield metropolitan area.

Dalton History

Dalton was officially incorporated in 1784. It was named after Tristram Dalton, the Speaker of the House at that time. Dalton was mainly a rural and industrial community, and there were mills set up along the Housatonic River. Dalton is home to one of the largest paper and paper products producing company in the country, Crane & Co.

Dalton and nearby Attractions

  • Berkshire Museum
  • William Cullen Bryant Homestead
  • Beartown State Forest
  • Hancock Shaker Village
  • Waconah Falls State Park

Things To Do In Dalton

The Berkshire Museum has 14 galleries, an aquarium, a theatre and a museum store, and is accessible from Dalton. The William Cullen Bryant Homestead is a popular local historical site, while visitors can view wildlife in their natural habitat at the Beartown State Forest. Skiing can be enjoyed at the Bousquet Ski area.

Dalton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Albany International Airport.

Dalton Higher Education

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

Demographics

People

Total Population6,682
Male Share of the Population50.6%
Female Share of the Population49.4%
Senior Citizens19.9%
Employed Population 16+3,486
Age of the Population47

Families

% of people married46%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35.6%
Median Earnings25+$35,989
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$56,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,429

Wealth

Median Family Income$68,937
% Above Poverty Level88.9%
% Below Poverty Level11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home10.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone31.7%
Median Gross Rent$872
Median House Value$186,600

Ancestry

Irish26.2%
Italian21.4%
English15.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.4%
German12.9%
French Except Basque11.8%
Canadian5.4%
Polish4.8%
Scottish4%
Hungarian1.6%
Dutch1.6%
Arab1.6%
Lebanese1.6%
Russian1.4%
Welsh1.2%
Swedish0.8%
Lithuanian0.6%
Greek0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Finnish0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Romanian0.2%
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Dalton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Berkshire County
Standard Zip Codes1226
P.O. Box Zip Codes1227
Phone Area Codes413
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.47
Approximate Longitude-73.16

Dalton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCUMMINGTON HILL
Distance12.5 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
StationCHESTER 2
Distance15.6 miles
Jan Temp7 to 31 F
Apr Temp33 to 60 F
Jul Temp57 to 86 F
Oct Temp34 to 64 F
Annual Precip61.6 inches
StationGREAT BARRINGTON 5 SW
Distance25.5 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 56 F
Jul Temp56 to 81 F
Oct Temp34 to 60 F
Annual Precip47.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cheshire647$71,643
Hinsdale1,955$69,444
Lanesborough3,019$86,678
Peru826$77,143
Pittsfield43,632$60,378
Windsor927$92,500

Dalton Public Libraries

Dalton Free Public Library
462 MAIN STREET
Dalton, Massachusetts
(413) 684-6112

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Dalton Public Schools

Nessacus Regional Middle School
35 Fox Road
ZIP: 1226
(413) 684-0780
Middle
Total Enrollment 445
Wahconah Regional High
150 Windsor Rd
ZIP: 1226
(413) 684-1330
High
Total Enrollment 543
Craneville
71 Park Avenue
ZIP: 1226
(413) 684-0209
Primary
Total Enrollment 428

Dalton Private Schools

St Agnes Academy
30 Carson Ave
ZIP: 1226
Elementary
Total Enrollment 133
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Historic Dalton

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Willow Brook (Home of Zenas Crane) c1909 (est.)

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Willow Brook (Home of Zenas Crane) c1909 (est.)

The Irving House between 1910 and 1920

Home of Zenas Crane between 1900 and 1915

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