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Adams, Massachusetts

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Adams is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 8,809.

For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Adams, please see the article Adams (CDP), Massachusetts.

History

Adams was first settled in 1762 and was officially incorporated in 1778. Also of note, historical American civil rights leader Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams on February 15, 1820.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.4 km² (22.9 mi²). None of the area is covered with water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 8,809 people, 3,992 households, and 2,431 families residing in the town. The population density is 148.3/km² (384.1/mi²). There are 4,362 housing units at an average density of 73.4/km² (190.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 98.02% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 3,992 households out of which 26.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% are married couples living together, 11.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% are non-families. 34.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 17.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.20 and the average family size is 2.81.

In the town the population is spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $32,161, and the median income for a family is $40,559. Males have a median income of $34,110 versus $23,556 for females. The per capita income for the town is $18,572. 10.3% of the population and 7.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.7% of those under the age of 18 and 12.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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