Profile for Great Barrington, Massachusetts, MA
In the Berkshires, Great Barrington, MA
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Great Barrington is a town in Berkshire County, in the Pittsfield metro area.
The community was named after Lord Barrington, British war minister.
The latitude of Great Barrington is 42.195N. The longitude is -73.362W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,033 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 7,527.
Great Barrington is in the southern Berkshires, on the Housatonic and Williams rivers.
At the western edge of town is the Newsboy Monument, presented to the town in 1895 by Col. William L. Brown, part owner of the New York Daily News.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 22. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.9 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1969 movie, "Alice's Restaurant"
· 1999 movie, "The Cider House Rules"
Well-known residents have included:
· William Cullen Bryant, writer
· W.E.B. DuBois, writer, reformer and historian
Local festivals include:
- Berkshire Summer Arts Festival - July 6-8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Great Barrington web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Appalachian Trail, Beartown State Forest, Lake Mansfield
Colleges and universities:
Simon's Rock College of Bard
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
The town and its surroundings were a boy's paradise: there were mountains to climb and rivers to wade and swim; lakes to freeze and hills for coasting.
-- Dusk of Dawn
W.E.B. Du Bois
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Ancestry & family history
11% of Great Barrington residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Great Barrington ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Great Barrington was $22,655, compared with $21,587 nationally.
33% of Great Barrington residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Great Barrington festival dates:
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- Berkshire Summer Arts Festival - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Great Barrington, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $548. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,191.
Libraries in Great Barrington include Mason Library ... View libraries
The average commute time for Great Barrington workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Great Barrington include Comfort Inn & Suites, Days Inn Great Barrington, Great Barrington Travelodge, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, Monument Mountain Motel.
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“ The town and its surroundings were a boy's paradise: there were mountains to climb and rivers to wade and swim; lakes to freeze and hills for coasting. ”
~ Dusk of Dawn
W.E.B. Du Bois
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