Berkshire Census Info

BERKSHIRE COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS

GEOGRAPHY
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 946 square miles. It is the second-largest county in Massachusetts by land area. The highest natural point in Massachusetts is Mount Greylock located in Berkshire Cnty @ 3,492 feet.

Berkshire County is one of two Massachusetts counties that borders three different neighboring states (Vermont, New York and Connecticut). Berkshire County touches both the northern and southern state lines.

Running north-south through the county are the Hoosac Range of the Berkshire Hills in the eastern part of the county and the Taconic Mountains in the western part of the county. Due to their elevation, the Berkshires attract tourists and summer residents eager to escape the heat of the lowlands.

2010 CENSUS
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 131,219 people, 56,091 households, and 33,618 families residing in the county. The population density was 141.6 inhabitants per square mile. There were 68,508 housing units at an average density of 73.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 92.5% white, 2.7% black or African American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.2% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.5% of the population. Immigration is a significant cause of population increase.

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2
Tyringhrun
Richmond
358
1,671
 
3 Alford Town 501  
4 Otis Town I ,248  
5 Mount Washington Town 150  
6 Williamstown Town 1,043  
8 Becket Town 1,775  
  Lenox CDP 1,349  
9 Sheffield Town 3,255  
10 New Ashford Town 225  
11 West Stockbridge Town 1,573  
I2 Great Barrington Town 7,131  
13 Cheshire Town 3,245  
14 Lenox Town 5,0I3  
  Housatonic CDP 1,024  
I5 Windsor Town 902  
I6 Lanesborough Town 3,074  
I7 Washington Town 583  
I8 New Marlborough Town 1,499  
I9 Monterey Town 793  
20 Stockbridge Town 1,755  
  Williamstown CDP 3,652  
2I Sandisfield Town 985  
22 Hinsdale Town 2,136  
23 Hancock Town
Great Barrington CDP
713
2,464
 
24 Lee Town 5,932  
25 Peru Town 863  
26 Savoy Town 706  
  Lee CDP 1,843  
27 Dalton  Town 6,753  

HISTORY
The Mahican (Muh-he-ka-neew) Native American tribe lived in the area that now makes up Berkshire County until the early 18th century, when the first English settlers and frontiersmen appeared and began setting up farms and homeĀ­ steads. On April 25, 1724, “The English paid the Indians 460 pounds, 3 barrels of cider, and 30 quarts of rum for what is today Berkshire County. “This deal did not include modern Sheffield, Stockbridge, Richmond, and Lenox, which were added later.

In the 19th century, Berkshire County became popular with the American elite, which built what they called “cottages” throughout the countryside. The Gilded Age ended in the early 20th century with the income tax, World War I, and the Great Depression. In the 20th, century some of these cottages were torn or burned down, while others became prep schools, historic sites, or bed-and-breakfast inns.

Today Berkshtire is known throughout the East Coast and the country as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It includes attractions such as Tanglewood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Mass MOCA, and Hancock Shaker Village.

There is a great need to plant a faithful congregation of Churches of Christ in Berkshire County, MA.

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