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Overview

Introduction to Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 29 miles SE of Albany, New York (center to center) and 111 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. It's situated at the fork of the west and east branches of the Housatonic River and is bordered by the Berkshire Hills and the Taconic Range. The city is regarded as one of the primary population centers located in Western Massachusetts. GE Advanced Materials, Chemex Corporation, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Laurin Publishing and General Systems are some of the major employers.

Pittsfield History

The area was settled in 1752 and incorporated in 1761. It was named in tribute to William Pitt, a British nobleman and politician. Pittsfield was primarily an agricultural community, however there were a large number of mills due to the area's numerous streams.

Pittsfield became a major center for producing wool after the arrival of Merino sheep from Spain in 1807. The wool industry became the city's primary employer. In 1891 the Electric Manufacturing Company created the first electric transformer. The company was the forerunner of the well known General Electric. The population had enormous growth due to the success of GE.

Pittsfield Attractions

  • Berkshire Museum features exhibits on natural science, ancient civilizations and art. It has an exhibit of Dinosaurs and Paleontology
  • Hebert Arboretum offers a wide variety of trees and plants in a natural environment
  • Wahconah Park is a popular baseball stadium
  • The Colonial Theatre is from the Vaudeville age and is known for having excellent acoustics
  • The city is known for its excellent musical theaters
  • Pittsfield includes homes from the mid-18th century and numerous historic neighborhoods
  • The Ellen Crane Memorial Sculpture Gallery offers neoclassical sculptures
  • The Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation is focused on the area's innovators
  • Arrowhead is the home of Herman Melville, the famous writer
  • The Berkshire Opera Company performs at the Koussevitzky Arts Center, located at Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield Activities

The Pittsfield State Forest offers cross-country skiing and hiking trails, a swimming area and is available for camping. Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area is nearby. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary includes fields, wooded areas and wetlands. The Bousquet Ski Area and Summer Resort offers skiing, go-karts, water slides and a variety of activities. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is popular with hikers. The area offers numerous trails for hiking enthusiasts including the Brickhouse Mountain, Cheshire Harbor, Taconic Skyline, Turner and the Wild Cat trails.

The Konkapot Brook, Farmington River - West Branch, the Westfield River and the Fall River provides opportunities for whitewater paddling. Onota Lake is utilized for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Ski Butternut, Catamount and Jiminy Peak are some of the available skiing areas. Pontoosuc Lake Country Club, Cranwell Resort & Golf Club and the Wahconah Country Club are popular with golfing enthusiasts.

Pittsfield Transportation

Air travel is available at the Albany International Airport.

Pittsfield Higher Education

Berkshire Community College is situated in Pittsfield. The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Westfield State College are located in the region.

Demographics

People

Total Population43,632
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens18.4%
Employed Population 16+21,023
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married40.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.4%
Median Earnings25+$32,976
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,259
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,635

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,378
% Above Poverty Level83.3%
% Below Poverty Level16.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.1%
% Using Public Transportation2%

Housing

People Living Alone35.3%
Median Gross Rent$801
Median House Value$170,900

Ancestry

Irish23.8%
Italian19%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.7%
French Except Basque12%
English8.9%
Polish7.6%
Canadian3.9%
Scottish2%
Portuguese1.3%
Russian1.3%
Dutch0.9%
Greek0.9%
Arab0.9%
Ukrainian0.8%
Lebanese0.7%
Swedish0.7%
Lithuanian0.6%
African0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
German0.1%
Latvian0.1%
US/American0.1%
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Pittsfield Almanac

CategoryValue
County Berkshire County
Standard Zip Codes1201
P.O. Box Zip Codes1202, 1203
Phone Area Codes413
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.45
Approximate Longitude-73.26

Pittsfield 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
Distance11.3 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp57 to 81 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip0 inches
StationCUMMINGTON HILL
Distance16 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
StationVALATIE 1 N
Distance22.4 miles
Jan Temp12 to 31 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp59 to 81 F
Oct Temp37 to 59 F
Annual Precip39.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dalton6,682$68,937
Hancock670$75,288
Hinsdale1,955$69,444
Lanesborough3,019$86,678
Lenox1,833$96,667
Richmond1,508$117,500

Pittsfield Public Libraries

Berkshire Athenaeum
1 WENDELL AVE.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
(413) 499-9480

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Pittsfield Hospitals

Berkshire Medical Center - Berkshire Campus
(Non-profit)
725 North Street
Berkshire Medical Center - Hillcrest Campus
(Non-profit)
165 Tor Court

Pittsfield Public Schools

Allendale
180 Connecticut Avenue
ZIP: 1201
(413) 448-9650
Primary
Total Enrollment 316
Taconic High
96 Valentine Road
ZIP: 1201
(413) 448-9600
High
Total Enrollment 774
Crosby
517 West Street
ZIP: 1201
(413) 448-9670
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
Pittsfield High
300 East Street
ZIP: 1201
(413) 499-9535
High
Total Enrollment 916
Stearns
75 Lebanon Avenue
ZIP: 1201
(413) 499-9554
Primary
Total Enrollment 234
Morningside Community School
100 Burbank Street
ZIP: 1201
(413) 448-9690
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
John T Reid Middle
950 North Street
ZIP: 1201
(413) 448-9620
Middle
Total Enrollment 517
Theodore Herberg Middle
501 Pomeroy Avenue
ZIP: 1201
(413) 448-9640
Middle
Total Enrollment 633
Silvio O Conte Community
200 West Union Street
ZIP: 1201
(413) 448-9660
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
Egremont
84 Egremont Avenue
ZIP: 1201
(413) 448-9655
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
Williams
50 Bushey Road
ZIP: 1201
(413) 448-9680
Primary
Total Enrollment 336
Robert T. Capeless Elementary School
86 Brooks Avenue
ZIP: 1201
(413) 448-9665
Primary
Total Enrollment 235

Pittsfield Private Schools

St Joseph Central High School
22 Maplewood Ave
ZIP: 1201
Secondary
Total Enrollment 168
Housatonic Academy
1450 W Housatonic St
ZIP: 1201
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 35
Miss Hall's School
492 Holmes Rd
ZIP: 1201
Secondary
Total Enrollment 182
St Mark School
400 Columbus Ave Ste 1
ZIP: 1201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 99
Sinai Academy Of The Berkshires
199 South St
ZIP: 1201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
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Historic Pittsfield

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House of Mercy c1906.

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House of Mercy c1906.

Elm Knoll (Longfellow House) between 1905 and 1915

Hotel Wendell c1906.

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