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Overview

Introduction to Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 37 miles SE of Albany, New York (center to center) and 105 miles N of New York, New York. Great Barrington is part of the Pittsfield metro area.

Great Barrington History

Great Barrington was originally inhabited by the Mahican Indians, who named the area Mahaiwe, which means "the place downstream." The town, which was settled in 1726, was a part of Sheffield from 1742 - 1761. Incorporated as the Town of Great Barrington in 1761, it was named in honor of Lord Barrington, the British war minister. However, some also believe that it was named after Great Barrington, a village in Gloucestershire, England. It became a Gilded Age resort community following the arrival of the railroad.

Great Barrington and Nearby Attractions

  • Searles Castle
  • Beartown State Forest
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Lake Mansfield
  • Chesterwood Estate & Museum

Things To Do In Great Barrington

Lake Mansfield offers opportunities for fishing and boating, and Beartown State Forest has horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and fishing. The Searles Castle is a popular attraction situated nearby, and The Berkshire Botanical Garden is also close to the town. Some of the local museums are the Chesterwood Estate and Museum, Santarella, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. The town hosts the Berkshire Summer Arts Festival every year in July.

Great Barrington Transportation

Albany International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Great Barrington Higher Education

Simons Rock College of Bard is situated in Great Barrington. Nearby colleges include Williams College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Westfield State College.

Demographics

People

Total Population2,419
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens20.9%
Employed Population 16+1,343
Age of the Population47

Families

% of people married37.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher39.1%
Median Earnings25+$32,160
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,955
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,123

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,231
% Above Poverty Level95.3%
% Below Poverty Level4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home8.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work12.4%
% Using Public Transportation2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone49.1%
Median Gross Rent$887
Median House Value$311,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.3%
Irish15.8%
Italian11.5%
English7.5%
French Except Basque4.8%
Polish3.9%
Russian3.1%
Norwegian3%
German2.9%
Scottish2.9%
Canadian1.9%
Welsh1.2%
Lithuanian1.1%
Israeli0.9%
Austrian0.7%
Dutch0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
Arab0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Australian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
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Great Barrington Almanac

CategoryValue
County Berkshire County
Standard Zip Codes1230
Phone Area Codes413
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.19
Approximate Longitude-73.35

Great Barrington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGREAT BARRINGTON 5 SW
Distance4.2 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
StationCOPAKE
Distance11.1 miles
Jan Temp11 to 33 F
Apr Temp32 to 59 F
Jul Temp57 to 84 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip42.8 inches
StationFALLS VILLAGE
Distance17 miles
Jan Temp13 to 35 F
Apr Temp34 to 60 F
Jul Temp58 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 62 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alford418$104,688
Egremont1,202$80,833
Monterey827$72,321
Mount Washington156$70,750
Sheffield3,205$79,214
Stockbridge2,110$96,917

Great Barrington Public Libraries

Mason Library
231 MAIN ST.
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
(413) 528-2403

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Great Barrington Hospitals

Fairview Hospital
(Non-profit)
29 Lewis Avenue

Great Barrington Public Schools

Monument Mt Regional High
600 Stockbridge Road
ZIP: 1230
(413) 528-3346
High
Total Enrollment 552
Monument Valley Regional Middle School
313 Monument Valley Rd
ZIP: 1230
(413) 644-2300
Middle
Total Enrollment 403
Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School
318 Monumnet Valley Rd
ZIP: 1230
(413) 644-2350
Primary
Total Enrollment 385

Great Barrington Private Schools

Eagleton School
446 Monterey Rd
ZIP: 1230
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 78
Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School
38 W Plain Rd
ZIP: 1230
Elementary
Total Enrollment 190
Hillcrest Educational Center - Brookside
5 Ramsdell Rd
ZIP: 1230
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 26
John Dewey Academy
389 Main St
ZIP: 1230
Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
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