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Berkshire County, Massachusetts

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Berkshire County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. As of 2000, the population is 134,953. Its county seat is Pittsfield.

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Law and government

Like an increasing number of Massachusetts counties, Berkshire County exists today only as a historical geographic region, and has no county government. All former county functions were assumed by state agencies in 2000. The sheriff and some other regional officials with specific duties are still elected locally to perform duties within the county region, but there is no county council or commissioner. However, communities are now granted the right to form their own regional compacts for sharing services. See also: MassGov page on counties (http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,451 km² (946 mi²). 2,412 km² (931 mi²) of it is land and 39 km² (15 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.58% water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 134,953 people, 56,006 households, and 35,115 families residing in the county. The population density is 56/km² (145/mi²). There are 66,301 housing units at an average density of 27/km² (71/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 95.02% White, 1.99% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 1.69% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 56,006 households out of which 27.50% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.00% are married couples living together, 11.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.30% are non-families. 31.60% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.90% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.30 and the average family size is 2.89.

In the county the population is spread out with 22.40% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 91.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $39,047, and the median income for a family is $50,162. Males have a median income of $36,692 versus $26,504 for females. The per capita income for the county is $21,807. 9.50% of the population and 6.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.30% of those under the age of 18 and 7.20% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Cities, towns, and villages*

* Villages are census division, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Capital:

Boston

Regions:

The Berkshires | Greater Boston | Cape Cod | North Shore | Pioneer Valley | South Shore | Western Massachusetts

Cities:

Attleboro | Boston | Brockton | Cambridge | Chicopee | Fall River | Fitchburg | Gardner | Holyoke | Lawrence | Lowell | New Bedford | Northampton | Pittsfield | Salem | Springfield | Taunton | Westfield | Worcester

Towns:

Abington | Acton | Acushnet | Adams | Alford | Amherst | Andover | Aquinnah | Arlington | Ashburnham | Ashby | Ashfield | Ashland | Athol | Auburn | Avon | Ayer | Barre | Becket | Bedford | Belchertown | Bellingham | Belmont | Berkley | Berlin | Bernardston | Billerica | Blackstone | Blandford | Bolton | Bourne | Boxboro | Boxford | Boylston | Braintree | Brewster | Bridgewater | Brimfield | Brookfield | Brookline | Buckland | Burlington | Canton | Carver | Chilmark | Cohasset | Cummington | Dartmouth | Dedham | Dighton | Dover | Duxbury | East Bridgewater | Easton | Edgartown | Fairhaven | Florida | Foxborough | Freetown | Halifax | Hanover | Hanson | Hingham | Holbrook | Hopedale | Hull | Kingston | Lakeville | Mansfield | Marion | Marshfield | Mattapoisett | Medfield | Medway | Mendon | Middleborough | Milford | Millis | Millville | Milton | Needham | Norfolk | North Attleborough | Norton | Norwell | Norwood | Oak Bluffs | Pembroke | Peru | Plainville | Plymouth | Plympton | Randolph | Raynham | Rehoboth | Rochester | Rockland | Scituate | Seekonk | Sharon | Somerset | Stoughton | Swansea | Tisbury | Walpole | Wareham | Wellesley | West Bridgewater | West Tisbury | Westport | Westwood | Weymouth | Whitman | Wrentham |

Counties:

Barnstable | Berkshire | Bristol | Dukes | Essex | Franklin | Hampden | Hampshire | Middlesex | Nantucket | Norfolk | Plymouth | Suffolk | Worcester

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