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Best Places to Live in Berkshire County

The Berkshires attract residents from all walks of life in search of comfortable living and a little piece of outdoor heaven. Some of the best places to live in within Berkshire County are such due to their pristine outdoor activities, small town feel and of course, excellent neighborhoods. This long strip of land that lies along western Massachusetts features a quiet, comfortable lifestyle just outside the hustle and bustle of many major cities.


Relatively good schools and prime location for local GE workers, Pittsfield is one of many excellent neighborhoods in Berkshire County. The region is home to more plastics firms than any other county in the nation and as such has a very high ability to employ local residents. Pittsfield schools spend nearly 50% more per student than the national average and unemployment rates are lower than national averages making this a prime place for families to live.


Acclaimed as the "crown jewel" of Berkshire County, Williamstown is a thriving small town that was ranked as one of the top 100 Best Small towns in America. Home to the prestigious Williams College campus, Williamstown attracts college students and upper classmen who come to live and attend school at US News and Reports' #1 Liberal Arts College in America. The area is rich in culture and hosts a number of special events and activities throughout the year.

Great Barrington

Located in the Southern Berkshires, Great Barrington is the ideal place to live for those who want to feel like they are set away from it all but still close to great food and fun activities. Great Barrington is home to the Catamount Ski Area which boasts trails and park areas that cover more than 100 acres, an attractive addition for young athletes and the young at heart. The winters are very cold here but that is to be said about most of the Berkshires so if you can cope with the cold, Great Barrington is a great place to live.


Small town charm, farm lands and a rural quaintness make Egremont an ideal place to live if you really want to get away from city life. Prices in the area are reasonable and the old farm houses are typically much larger than one you may be able to get closer to the city. Egremont is ideal for those who want room to play.


For upscale living in the countryside, Richmond is a formal environment that is very attractive to residents. The Richmond area is ideal for estate living. Residents attending Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the University of Massachusetts Amherst flock to the Richmond area to live, work and play.

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