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Pittsfield is a city in Berkshire County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for William Pitt, British statesman.
The latitude of Pittsfield is 42.45N. The longitude is -73.245W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,001 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 44,779.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Pittsfield demographic reports
Pittsfield is in the Berkshires, on the Housatonic River.
The wealthy leisure class moved to the area in the late 19th century.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 197. The number of murders and homicides was 3. The violent crime rate was 4.4 per 1,000 people.
Ranked among the top 10 cities, February 2001 in the ePodunk Home Towns Index
Rated No. 17 on Healthy Cities list, by Organic Style magazine, September/October 2003
Filming location for:
· 1996 movie, "Before and After"
Herman Melville completed "Moby Dick" here.
Well-known residents have included:
· Herman Melville, author
· Oliver Wendell Holmes, author
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair - Sept. 29-30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Pittsfield web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Berkshire Opera
Nearby parks & recreation:
Pittsfield State Forest
Bobolinks, ospreys and great blue herons can be seen at the Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary.
Historic sites and museums: Hancock Shaker Village, Berkshire Museum, Arrowhead
Colleges and universities:
Berkshire Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 65
The central square of Pittsfield presents all the bustle of a thriving village - the farmers of the vicinity in light wagons, sulkies, or on horseback; stages at the door of the Berkshire Hotel, under the stoop of which sit or lounge the guests, stage-people, and idlers, observing or assisting the arrivals and departures.
-- The American Notebooks
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Ancestry & family history
8% of Pittsfield residents report German ancestry, and 20% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Pittsfield ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Pittsfield was $20,549, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Pittsfield residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Pittsfield festival dates:
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- Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Pittsfield, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $430. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $956.
Libraries in Pittsfield include Berkshire Athenaeum ... View libraries
Newspapers in Pittsfield include Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield Gazette
The average commute time for Pittsfield workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Pittsfield between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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“ The central square of Pittsfield presents all the bustle of a thriving village - the farmers of the vicinity in light wagons, sulkies, or on horseback; stages at the door of the Berkshire Hotel, under the stoop of which sit or lounge the guests, stage-people, and idlers, observing or assisting the arrivals and departures. ”
~ The American Notebooks
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