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Overview

Introduction to Lee, Massachusetts

Lee, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 34 miles W of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center) and 112 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Pittsfield metropolitan area.

Lee History

Lee, which was originally inhabited by the Mahican Indians, was settled in 1760 as Dodgetown. In 1777, the town was incorporated as Lee. It was named in honor of Revolutionary General Charles Lee and was created from parts of Washington and Great Barrington. Initially, the town's economy was largely depended upon lumbering and agriculture, but papermaking later became the primary business. The first paper mill, built in 1806, was known as the Eagle Mill. Lee is also well known for its marble. The first quarry was established in 1852.

Lee and Nearby Attractions

  • Animagic Museum of Animation Special Effects & Art
  • October Mountain State Forest
  • Laurel Lake
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Lee

Lee is home to the Animagic Museum of Animation Special Effects & Art. The Berkshire Botanical Garden is another popular site to tour. The October Mountain State Forest, the Beartown State Forest, the Mount Washington State Forest, and the Tolland State Forest are nearby as well. Other museums nearby include the Bidwell House Museum, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Chesterwood Estate and Museum, and Santarella. The town also hosts the Festival Latino of the Berkshires every September.

Lee Transportation

Air transportation is available at Bradley International Airport.

Lee Higher Education

Colleges close to Lee are Williams College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Westfield State College.

Demographics

People

Total Population1,809
Male Share of the Population46.8%
Female Share of the Population53.2%
Senior Citizens23%
Employed Population 16+818
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married38.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.8%
Median Earnings25+$35,761
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$70,139
% Above Poverty Level85.1%
% Below Poverty Level14.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work17.5%
% Using Public Transportation8.8%

Housing

People Living Alone47.2%
Median Gross Rent$743
Median House Value$223,900

Ancestry

Italian40%
Irish20.8%
English18.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.8%
German7.6%
Polish4.9%
French Except Basque4.7%
Scottish1.8%
Canadian1.2%
Lithuanian1.1%
Dutch1.1%
New Zealand1%
Portuguese0.8%
Ukrainian0.7%
Swedish0.5%
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Lee Almanac

CategoryValue
County Berkshire County
Standard Zip Codes1238
P.O. Box Zip Codes1264
Phone Area Codes413
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.3
Approximate Longitude-73.25

Lee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSTOCKBRIDGE
Distance4.3 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp57 to 81 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip0 inches
StationCHESTER 2
Distance13.6 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
Distance13.7 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
Lenox1,833$96,667
Richmond1,508$117,500
Stockbridge2,110$96,917
Tyringham408$80,313
Washington526$75,625
West Stockbridge1,194$91,667

Lee Public Libraries

Lee Library Association
100 MAIN ST.
Lee, Massachusetts
(413) 243-0385

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Lee Public Schools

Lee Elementary
310 Greylock Street
ZIP: 1238
(413) 243-0336
Primary
Total Enrollment 348
Lee Middle/high School
300 Greylock Street
ZIP: 1238
(413) 243-2781
High
Total Enrollment 335

Lee Private Schools

St Mary's School
115 Orchard St
ZIP: 1238
Elementary
Total Enrollment 98
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Historic Lee

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Public Library 1911

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Public Library 1911

The Housatonic between 1900 and 1915

The Greenock Inn 1911

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