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Berkshire County, Massachusetts (MA)

County population in 2017: 126,313 (68% urban, 32% rural); it was 134,953 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 25,030
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 12,740
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 37,488
Renter-occupied apartments: 18,321 (it was 18,518 in 2000)
% of renters here:

33%
State:

38%

Land area: 931 sq. mi.

Water area: 15.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 136 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Berkshire County: 106.2 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (23.6%), Educational, health and social services (22.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 65%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 27%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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  • Races in Berkshire County, MA (2017)
    • 113,61384.2%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 5,7874.3%Hispanic or Latino
    • 3,4612.6%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2,8162.1%Two or more races
    • 2,1331.6%Asian alone
    • 2760.2%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 2080.2%Some other race alone
    • 320.02%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

46.9 years
Massachusetts median age:

39.5 years
Males: 61,044  (48.3%)
Females: 65,269  (51.7%)
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Average household size:
Berkshire County:

2.0 people
Massachusetts:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $57,054 ($39,047 in 1999)
This county:

$57,054
Massachusetts:

$77,385

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $721 (lower quartile is $553, upper quartile is $925)
This county:

$721
State:

$1084


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $205,900 (it was $115,100 in 2000)
Berkshire:

$205,900
Massachusetts:

$385,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $145,200 - $330,400

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $279,867
Here:

$279,867
State:

$481,855

Townhouses or other attached units: $312,413
Here:

$312,413
State:

$464,513

In 2-unit structures: $177,473
Here:

$177,473
State:

$452,265

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $206,706
Here:

$206,706
State:

$450,840

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $140,430
Here:

$140,430
State:

$471,079

Mobile homes: $68,196
Here:

$68,196
State:

$117,333

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,388
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $586

Institutionalized population: 2,280
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 226 buildings, average cost: $134,800
  • 1998: 262 buildings, average cost: $169,300
  • 1999: 270 buildings, average cost: $161,800
  • 2000: 265 buildings, average cost: $177,200
  • 2001: 281 buildings, average cost: $188,300
  • 2002: 333 buildings, average cost: $184,600
  • 2003: 371 buildings, average cost: $198,800
  • 2004: 434 buildings, average cost: $216,900
  • 2005: 445 buildings, average cost: $248,000
  • 2006: 352 buildings, average cost: $259,500
  • 2007: 264 buildings, average cost: $252,000
  • 2008: 156 buildings, average cost: $295,200
  • 2009: 126 buildings, average cost: $315,500
  • 2010: 125 buildings, average cost: $267,000
  • 2011: 97 buildings, average cost: $245,900
  • 2012: 89 buildings, average cost: $322,700
  • 2013: 99 buildings, average cost: $276,600
  • 2014: 137 buildings, average cost: $344,100
  • 2015: 106 buildings, average cost: $379,200
  • 2016: 95 buildings, average cost: $501,700
  • 2017: 90 buildings, average cost: $484,900
Number of permits per 10,000 Berkshire, MA residents
Average permit cost in Berkshire, MA
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $3,011 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $3,476 (1.5%)

Distribution of median household income in Berkshire, MA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Berkshire, MA in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Berkshire, MA in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 9.0%
Berkshire County:

9.0%
Massachusetts:

10.5%
(8.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.1% for Black residents, 25.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 25.8% for American Indian residents, 50.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 23.2% for other race residents, 32.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 46.9 years old
(Males: 45.2 years old, Females: 48.8 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 50.0 years old, Black residents: 27.5 years old, American Indian residents: 23.7 years old, Asian residents: 26.5 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25.7 years old, Other race residents: 27.9 years old)

Area name: Pittsfield, MA HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Berkshire County is $542 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $672 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $864 a month.

Cities in this county include: Pittsfield, North Adams, Dalton, Adams, Williamstown, Cheshire, Sheffield, Lanesborough, Great Barrington, Stockbridge.

Berkshire County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2018 air pollution in Berkshire County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.022 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.2 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Allegany County, New York , Franklin County, Iowa , Milwaukee County, Wisconsin , Rock County, Nebraska , Van Buren County, Michigan .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.1%
Massachusetts:

3.1%

Unemployment by year in Berkshire, MA
County total employment by year in Berkshire, MA
County average yearly wages by year in Berkshire, MA

Current college students: 8,313
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 91.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 32.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 8,641 (65.5% naturalized citizens)

Berkshire County:

6.8%
Whole state:

16.9%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 2,2472010 or later
  • 1,9682000 to 2009
  • 1,0551990 to 1999
  • 6671980 to 1989
  • 5381970 to 1979
  • 2,095Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 92.7%

Berkshire County marital status for males Berkshire County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 44,952
  • One, attached: 1,154
  • Two: 7,468
  • 3 or 4: 6,545
  • 5 to 9: 3,476
  • 10 to 19: 1,287
  • 20 to 49: 1,251
  • 50 or more: 1,968
  • Mobile homes: 1,139

Housing units in Berkshire County with a mortgage: 23,574 (465 second mortgage, 5,305 home equity loan, 316 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 13,889

Here:

63.9% with mortgage
State:

69.9% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Berkshire County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic50,18732
Mainline Protestant9,89563
Other3,64720
Evangelical Protestant2,81728
Black Protestant2332
Orthodox2252
None64,215-
Berkshire County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 33
Berkshire County:

2.54 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 21
This county:

1.61 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 53
Berkshire County:

4.08 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 195
This county:

15.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Berkshire County:

8.0%
Massachusetts:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Berkshire County:

22.8%
State:

22.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.9%
State:

16.5%

Agriculture in Berkshire County:

Average size of farms: 171 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $54,178
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $512.67
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 28.10%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 55.32%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $57,974
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 27.59%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $58,867
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.04%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 12.57
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 45.93%
Corn for grain: 581 harvested acres
Vegetables: 683 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 181 acres

Earthquake activity:

Berkshire County-area historical earthquake activity is near Massachusetts state average. It is 88% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 121.9 miles away from Berkshire County center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 146.9 miles away from the county center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 111.7 miles away from the county center
On 6/17/1991 at 08:53:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 76.6 miles away from the county center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 204.8 miles away from Berkshire County center
On 10/2/1994 at 11:27:22, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 47.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding, Incident Period: February 08, 2013 to February 10, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4110: April 19, 2013, FEMA Id: 4110, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 27, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3350: October 28, 2012, FEMA Id: 3350, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Severe Storm, Incident Period: October 29, 2011 to October 30, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3343: November 01, 2011, FEMA Id: 3343, Natural disaster type: Storm
  • Massachusetts Severe Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: October 29, 2011 to October 30, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4051: January 06, 2012, FEMA Id: 4051, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Storm
  • Massachusetts Tropical Storm Irene, Incident Period: August 27, 2011 to August 29, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4028: September 03, 2011, FEMA Id: 4028, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011 to September 05, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3330: August 26, 2011, FEMA Id: 3330, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 11, 2011 to January 12, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1959: March 07, 2011, FEMA Id: 1959, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: December 11, 2008 to December 18, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1813: January 05, 2009, FEMA Id: 1813, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2008 to December 18, 2008, Emergency Declared EM-3296: December 13, 2008, FEMA Id: 3296, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Massachusetts Severe Storms and Inland and Coastal Flooding, Incident Period: April 15, 2007 to April 25, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1701: May 16, 2007, FEMA Id: 1701, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 10 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Berkshire County (20) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 10

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Snowstorms: 5, Storms: 5, Hurricanes: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Blizzards: 2, Snows: 2, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Berkshire

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 51,933 (78.8%)
  • Carpooled: 3,415 (5.2%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 891 (1.4%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 543 (0.8%)
  • Bicycle: 18 (0.0%)
  • Walked: 5,092 (7.7%)
  • Worked at home: 3,949 (6.0%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (12%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Ecuador (6%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (5%)
  • India (5%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • Colombia (4%)
  • Germany (4%)
  • Mexico (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Berkshire County


  • Irish (13%)
  • Italian (12%)
  • American (7%)
  • Polish (6%)
  • English (6%)
  • French (except Basque) (5%)
  • German (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Berkshire County, Massachusetts in 2000:

  • 2,847 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,701 people in nursing homes
  • 279 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 238 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 235 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 150 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 129 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 102 people in religious group quarters
  • 96 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 85 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 71 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 64 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 51 people in other group homes
  • 49 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 11 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 8 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 7 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 5 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 4 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms

People in group quarters in Berkshire County, Massachusetts in 2010:

  • 3,212 people in college/university student housing
  • 1,500 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 352 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 220 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 207 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 198 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 148 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 109 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 89 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 64 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 36 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 24 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $66,644.

3.27% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($63,905 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.27%
Massachusetts average:

5.79%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
0.91% relocated from other counties in Massachusetts ($15,412 average AGI)
2.36% relocated from other states ($48,492 average AGI)
Berkshire County:

2.36%
Massachusetts average:

2.35%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Hampden County, MA  0.23% ($45,820 average AGI)
from Hampshire County, MA  0.15% ($38,278)
from Middlesex County, MA  0.14% ($92,923)
from Columbia County, NY  0.10% ($61,732)
from Litchfield County, CT  0.09% ($48,600)
from New York County, NY  0.09% ($140,104)
from Suffolk County, MA  0.09% ($65,468)


3.75% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($56,093 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.75%
Massachusetts average:

6.31%


0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($443 average AGI)
Berkshire County:

0.04%
Massachusetts average:

0.08%

0.92% relocated to other counties in Massachusetts ($14,815 average AGI)
2.78% relocated to other states ($40,835 average AGI)
Berkshire County:

2.78%
Massachusetts average:

2.86%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Hampden County, MA  0.22% ($37,798 average AGI)
to Hampshire County, MA  0.16% ($35,169)
to Middlesex County, MA  0.11% ($53,774)
to Columbia County, NY  0.10% ($40,125)
to Bennington County, VT  0.10% ($51,000)
to Worcester County, MA  0.10% ($57,358)
to Rensselaer County, NY  0.09% ($41,918)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.4
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.8

Births per 1000 population in Berkshire County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Berkshire County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.8

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Berkshire County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.2%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 1.8%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Berkshire County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Berkshire County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Berkshire County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Berkshire County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Berkshire County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Berkshire County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 27,463 (22,516 aged, 4,947 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 689 (2%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Berkshire County, Massachusetts in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,571)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,558)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,392)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,177)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1,022)
  • Unspecified dementia (978)
  • Congestive heart failure (964)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (730)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (698)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (459)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.26
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 12,387
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 272
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 62,035

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 954
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,205
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 29

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 56
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 111

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 89.4. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 30.2
  • Poisoning - 25.9
  • Other - 33.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 126,313
  • In family households: 90,523 (14,353 male householders, 16,085 female householders)
    22,303 spouses, 29,620 children (27,805 natural, 1,152 adopted, 663 stepchildren), 2,390 grandchildren, 566 brothers or sisters, 1,291 parents, 1,920 other relatives, 1,995 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 28,753 (10,033 male householders (7,776 living alone)), 13,722 female householders (11,671 living alone)), 4,998 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 7,037

Size of family households: 16,377 2-persons, 6,894 3-persons, 4,613 4-persons, 2,026 5-persons, 448 6-persons, 80 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 19,447 1-person, 4,031 2-persons, 53 3-persons, 158 4-persons, 66 5-persons.

11,663 married couples with children.
6,835 single-parent households (957 men, 5,878 women).

91.4% of residents of Berkshire speak English at home.
3.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (62% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 12% don't speak English at all).
3.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (68% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (57% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other language at home (68% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,173,789,000 ($8,860 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $225,609,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $370,051,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $245,124,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,778,000
Federal grants: $188,283,000
Federal procurement contracts: $325,446,000 ($198,968,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $43,106,000 ($18,322,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $6,739,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $23,854,000
Federal Government insurance: $102,036,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 6,471
Here:

49 per 1000 residents
State:

67 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 8,274
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +866
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+25 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -2,016
Here -15 per 1000 residents
State -37 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Berkshire County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 18.77 millions of gallons per day (21% from ground, 79% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

4.1

Year house built in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
  • Year house built in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
  • 3432014 or later
  • 9822010 to 2013
  • 3,3662000 to 2009
  • 3,0631990 to 1999
  • 6,7071980 to 1989
  • 7,8861970 to 1979
  • 6,5441960 to 1969
  • 7,2651950 to 1959
  • 4,8151940 to 1949
  • 28,2691939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
  • 531 room
  • 1362 rooms
  • 7273 rooms
  • 3,1264 rooms
  • 7,3795 rooms
  • 9,2456 rooms
  • 6,3177 rooms
  • 4,5248 rooms
  • 5,9569+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
  • 8421 room
  • 8142 rooms
  • 3,9823 rooms
  • 4,6074 rooms
  • 3,6045 rooms
  • 1,8416 rooms
  • 2347 rooms
  • 5538 rooms
  • 2539+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
  • 53no bedroom
  • 1,1091 bedroom
  • 7,5842 bedrooms
  • 17,8073 bedrooms
  • 8,5174 bedrooms
  • 2,3935+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
  • 1,054no bedroom
  • 5,4681 bedroom
  • 6,5232 bedrooms
  • 3,0453 bedrooms
  • 5764 bedrooms
  • 645+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Berkshire County, Massachusetts in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Berkshire County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Berkshire County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 1,348no vehicle
  • 12,3051 vehicle
  • 17,1832 vehicles
  • 4,4623 vehicles
  • 1,3974 vehicles
  • 7685+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Berkshire County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Berkshire County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 4,082no vehicle
  • 8,9681 vehicle
  • 3,1672 vehicles
  • 4973 vehicles
  • 164 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

86.2% of Berkshire County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 39% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 44% lived in Massachusetts.

Berkshire County:

86.2%
State average:

86.7%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 78,971
  • Other state: 36,061
  • Northeast: 24,992
  • Midwest: 3,446
  • South: 5,052
  • West: 2,571
Year householders moved into unit in Berkshire County, MA
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Berkshire County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 40.1%Utility gas
  • 38.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 10.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.4%Wood
  • 3.5%Electricity
  • 1.4%Other fuel
  • 0.2%Coal or coke
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 51.3%Utility gas
  • 21.8%Electricity
  • 20.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.6%Wood
  • 0.5%Other fuel
  • 0.2%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 525
Here:

4.9%
Massachusetts:

8.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 370
Here:

7.2%
Massachusetts:

11.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3,434
Here:

47.4%
Massachusetts:

47.7%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 3,853
  • Number of aged recipients: 637
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 3,216
  • Number of recipients under 18: 427
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 2,732
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 694
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,722
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,818
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 41 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED112$160,232983$171,7213,581$187,949689$104,39616$425,813685$258,61047$30,149
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED5$106,00046$239,761215$198,44741$120,9762$323,00053$280,5284$43,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED19$132,789183$148,464770$199,158130$114,4542$365,000109$302,38524$41,042
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN20$153,200183$183,814617$197,89062$141,8067$843,714100$291,6608$31,125
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS2$96,50018$186,500140$185,88610$182,9000$014$202,3570$0
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 36 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED138$157,01453$201,2643$242,333
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED37$202,83825$247,3201$405,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED22$203,04512$188,7502$286,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN12$166,8338$172,7500$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$198,0002$151,5002$151,500
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Berkshire, MA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Berkshire, MA - Value
Most common first names in Berkshire County, MA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary1,92182.1 years
John1,71075.1 years
William1,38574.8 years
Joseph1,04576.0 years
George83776.3 years
Helen83480.8 years
Robert80370.3 years
Margaret80081.1 years
James75674.6 years
Edward72674.6 years
Most common last names in Berkshire County, MA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith36678.0 years
Brown19477.6 years
Williams17276.7 years
Martin16978.7 years
Johnson15676.3 years
Jones15477.3 years
Obrien14577.4 years
White14278.2 years
Clark13879.2 years
Kelly12878.4 years
Businesses in Berkshire County, MA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Journeys1
AT&T3Kmart1
Advance Auto Parts2Knights Inn1
Aeropostale2La-Z-Boy2
American Eagle Outfitters2Lane Bryant1
Ann Taylor1Lane Furniture1
Applebee's1Macy's1
Ashley Furniture2Marshalls1
Audi1MasterBrand Cabinets15
BMW1Mazda1
Banana Republic1McDonald's8
Barnes & Noble1Motherhood Maternity1
Bath & Body Works2New Balance6
Bed Bath & Beyond1New York & Co1
Ben & Jerry's1Nissan1
Brooks Brothers1Old Country Buffet1
Burger King4Pac Sun2
CVS4Panera Bread1
Chevrolet1Payless1
Clarks1Penske2
Comfort Inn2Pier 1 Imports1
Curves1Pizza Hut2
DHL1Quality1
Days Inn2RadioShack5
Deb1Ramada1
Decora Cabinetry2Rite Aid10
Domino's Pizza3Rodeway Inn1
DressBarn1Rue211
Dressbarn1Sears4
Dunkin Donuts11Spencer Gifts1
Econo Lodge2Sprint Nextel1
Eddie Bauer1Staples3
Famous Footwear1Starbucks2
Fashion Bug1Stop & Shop3
FedEx13Subaru1
Foot Locker1Subway16
Ford1Super 81
GNC3T-Mobile3
GameStop2T.J.Maxx1
Gap1Taco Bell1
Goodwill5Talbots2
Gymboree1Target1
H&R Block6Toyota2
Hilton1Travelodge2
Holiday Inn3True Value8
Hollister Co.1U-Haul6
Home Depot1UPS25
Honda1Verizon Wireless1
Hot Topic1Victoria's Secret1
Howard Johnson2Volkswagen1
Hyundai1Walmart2
IZOD1Wendy's1
J.Crew1YMCA3
JCPenney1

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  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
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  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Obama (Democrat) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Obama (Democrat) in the 2012 Presidential Election"
  • #71 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving out compared to moving in (pop. 50,000+)"