Otis, MA

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Otis, MA

About Otis, MA

Living in Otis, MA is a wonderful experience! The town is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and has a rich history that can be seen in the architecture of its quaint downtown area. It's a tight-knit community with plenty of friendly neighbors and activities to enjoy. There are also excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation, as there are several lakes and parks nearby to explore on your days off. Overall, Otis, MA is an idyllic place to call home. Small city - Extreme western Massachusetts in the Berkshires, 7 miles east of the New York border.

State: Massachusetts
County: Berkshire County
Metro Area: Pittsfield Metro Area
City: Otis
Zip Codes: 01253 01029
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 1158 ft above sea level

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.

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Otis Cost of Living

Nearby mountains, outdoor recreation, and low crime rates make Otis a great place to live.

+21.6% higher than avg
+26.0% higher than avg
$985 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-16.5% lower than avg
Otis Crime
17.8 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Otis
   Nearby mountains
Harsh winters
   Outdoor recreation
   Low crime rates
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