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Overview

Introduction to Williamstown, Massachusetts

Williamstown, Massachusetts, in Berkshire county, is 28 miles E of Albany, New York (center to center) and 112 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located inside the Pittsfield metropolitan area.

Williamstown History

Williamstown was originally called West Hoosac when people first settled in 1749. It was incorporated and named Williamstown after Ephraim Williams, a warrior who died in the French and Indian War. He contributed a large sum of money on the condition that the town be named after him.

Williamstown and Nearby Attractions

  • Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
  • Clarksburg State Park
  • Bennington Battle Monument
  • Ascutney Mountain
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Williamstown

Many parks are located in the region surrounding Williamstown including Clarksburg State Park, Molly Stark State Park, and Mount Greylock State Reservation. Bennington Museum, Shaker Museum and Library, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute are some of the museums located nearby. There are also historical sites like Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site, and Mount Lebanon Shaker Village which are not far from Williamstown.

Williamstown Transportation

Albany International Airport is nearby.

Williamstown Higher Education

Williams College is the local college. Other colleges close to Williamstown are Berkshire Community College, Southern Vermont College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Bennington College.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,315
Male Share of the Population45.1%
Female Share of the Population54.9%
Senior Citizens13.8%
Employed Population 16+2,082
Age of the Population21

Families

% of people married22.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher66.7%
Median Earnings25+$51,494
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$91,354
% Above Poverty Level88.5%
% Below Poverty Level11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work54.4%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone41.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,029
Median House Value$331,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.2%
Irish18.6%
German10.9%
English10.8%
Italian9.8%
Polish6.2%
Scottish5.2%
French Except Basque4.7%
Russian3.7%
Canadian3.2%
African2.4%
Swedish2%
Welsh1.6%
Lithuanian1.6%
Norwegian1.4%
Ukrainian1.1%
Swiss1%
Portuguese1%
West Indian0.8%
Hungarian0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Croatian0.5%
Jamaican0.4%
Austrian0.4%
South African0.4%
British0.3%
Barbadian0.3%
Liberian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Greek0.2%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Czech0.2%
US/American0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Williamstown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Berkshire County
Standard Zip Codes1267
Phone Area Codes413
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.7
Approximate Longitude-73.2

Williamstown 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
Distance14 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
StationGRAFTON
Distance14.2 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp34 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 78 F
Oct Temp39 to 57 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches
StationCUMMINGTON HILL
Distance21.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Adams5,412$62,740
Clarksburg1,652$64,231
Florida793$68,462
New Ashford308$89,375
North Adams13,326$51,571
Savoy764$64,205

Williamstown Public Libraries

David & Joyce Milne Public Library
1095 MAIN STREET
Williamstown, Massachusetts
(413) 458-5369

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Williamstown Public Schools

Mt Greylock Regional High
1781 Cold Spring Road
ZIP: 1267
(413) 458-9582
High
Total Enrollment 550
Williamstown Elementary
115 Church Street
ZIP: 1267
(413) 458-5707
Primary
Total Enrollment 459

Williamstown Private Schools

Buxton School
291 South St
ZIP: 1267
Secondary
Total Enrollment 81
Pine Cobble School
163 Gale Rd
ZIP: 1267
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 102
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Historic Williamstown

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Sigma Phi fraternity house (Williams College) c1902.

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Sigma Phi fraternity house (Williams College) c1902.

Kappa Alpha fraternity house (Williams College) between 1900 and 1906

Congregational church between 1900 and 1906

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