Peru, MA

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Peru, MA

About Peru, MA

Living in Peru, MA is a wonderful experience. The small community has plenty of things to do and explore. Residents enjoy the local parks, lakes, and bike trails for outdoor recreation. The town also hosts many festivals throughout the year filled with live music and delicious local food. Shopping is always easy too, with several shopping centers nearby full of boutique stores and larger retail outlets. The streets are safe and well maintained; you're sure to find friendly folks around every corner! With its close proximity to major cities like Boston and Hartford, Peru offers a comfortable yet metropolitan feel to its residents. It's the perfect 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: Peru
Zip Codes: No Zip Codes Here.
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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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Peru Cost of Living

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

-24.8% lower than avg
+7.3% higher than avg
$1,163 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+1.3% higher than avg
Peru Crime
15 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Peru
   Nearby mountains
Harsh winters
   Outdoor recreation
   Low crime rates
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