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Pittsfield Metro Area
Profile: Small city Location: Extreme western Massachusetts in the Berkshires, 7 miles east of the New York border Elevation: 1158 Time zone: Eastern Standard Time
|Nearby mountains ||Harsh winters|
|Low crime rates||Economy|
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An old agricultural and minor industrial center, Pittsfield has evolved into a gateway to the Berkshires. Nearby ski resorts, particularly to the north, draw winter visitors. To the south is the Tanglewood performing arts center in Lenox and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. The town itself is quiet, nondescript, and fairly isolated from big-city amenities, but Albany, NY is about 40 miles west.
There is a small assortment of corporate employers centered in the plastics and printing industries, but this is not a growth area- future projected job growth is among the lowest in the country. The inland mountain location makes winters more difficult than other Massachusetts locations. Crime, however, is also among the lowest in the state.
The city is located in a relatively level section of a mostly hilly, wooded region. The surrounding mountains rise to 2,300 feet. Climate is continental with little Atlantic influence, but the area is far enough west to be affected by Lake Ontario. Summers are warm and humid with mostly pleasant evenings. Winters are variable with frequent cold snaps and heavy snows, although the mountains block some of the strongest weather. First freeze is late September, last is early May.
Interesting Facts about Pittsfield, Massachusetts
As of 2014, Pittsfield's population is 44,542 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -2.74 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Pittsfield is $145,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.10 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Pittsfield's cost of living is 0.60% Higher than the U.S. average.--------------------
Pittsfield public schools spend $16,895 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 12.7 students per teacher in Pittsfield.--------------------
The unemployment rate in Pittsfield is 6.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Pittsfield jobs have Decreased by 0.83 percent.
Ranked #4 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Smallest Metro Areas)
Ranked #14 Best Green Cities
Ranked #14 Most Competitive Private Colleges
Ranked #81 America's Most (and Least) Stressful Cities (117 Smallest Metro Areas)
Ranked #243 2005 Best Places to Live
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Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Pittsfield's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
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