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Housing and Demographic Information

Selected Housing Characteristics: American Community Survey

Berkshire County is 931 square miles in the western most part of Massachusetts and represents a population of over 125,000 residents. It takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to drive from the north of our territory to the south and approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour to drive from east to west in Berkshire County. (depending on road conditions)

Our county covers the complete and total western end of Massachusetts, bordering Vermont to the North, New York to the West and Connecticut to the South.

Who we are:

Of our population of 125.654 in Berkshire County, 52% are female and 48% male and the median age of the residents is 43 years old.

65,928 residents are employed within the county and there is an 8% unemployment rate.

How we live

A beautiful, culturally rich place to live and work, the Berkshire's housing and population estimates speak to our rural way of life. Berkshire County boasts a 66.9% home ownership rate, with residents of our county owning their own home at a greater rate than the rest of Massachusetts. The median value of a home, as assessed by the local town tax collectors is $116,800.

Berkshire county has 67,450 housing units and the primary type is a single family detached home, as are well over 64% of the residential buildings in the county. Massachusetts being an old community has historic properties and the greatest majority of our housing stock was built before 1939. This provides a unique opportunity to purchase many different types of home styles throughout the region.

While some areas are known for their historic Victorians, others feature farmhouses galore! [see town information more more details] Capes, ranches, modern and contemporary homes, colonials, revivals and tudors are just a few of the other types of homes you'll find in the Berkshires.

HOUSE HEATING FUEL # homes using this form of fuel
Utility gas
19,492
Bottled, tank, or LP gas
3,427
Electricity
4,641
Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
24,562
Coal or coke
221
Wood
1,815
Solar energy
0
Other fuel
422

Currently, 23,872 homeowners in Berkshire County have a mortgage and the average monthly payment is $1,191. Most residents pay less than 20% of their income for housing costs, and unlike others parts of the country, fuel costs have a direct impact on home ownership costs.

HOUSING OCCUPANCY  
Total housing units 67,450
Occupied housing units 54,580
Vacant housing units 12,870
   
Homeowner vacancy rate 1.3
Rental vacancy rate 5.8
   
UNITS IN STRUCTURE  
1-unit, detached 42,857
1-unit, attached 1,726
2 units 6,402
3 or 4 units 7,578
5 to 9 units 2,773
10 to 19 units 2,098
20 or more units 2,780
Mobile home 1,236
Boat, RV, van, etc. 0
   
YEAR STRUCTURE BUILT  
Built 2005 or later 75
Built 2000 to 2004 1,270
Built 1990 to 1999 3,654
Built 1980 to 1989 7,672
Built 1970 to 1979 7,319
Built 1960 to 1969 5,534
Built 1950 to 1959 8,409
Built 1940 to 1949 4,985
Built 1939 or earlier 28,532
   
ROOMS  
1 room 777
2 rooms 1,126
3 rooms 6,377
4 rooms 10,031
5 rooms 12,180
6 rooms 15,026
7 rooms 9,479
8 rooms 5,567
9 rooms or more 6,887
Median (rooms) 5.7
   
BEDROOMS  
No bedroom 850
1 bedroom 8,957
2 bedrooms 19,397
3 bedrooms 24,860
4 bedrooms 10,092
5 or more bedrooms 3,294
   
Occupied housing units 54,580
HOUSING TENURE  
Owner-occupied 37,652
Renter-occupied 16,928
   
Average household size of owner-occupied unit 2.51
Average household size of renter-occupied unit 1.84
   
YEAR HOUSEHOLDER MOVED INTO UNIT
Moved in 2000 or later 21,829
Moved in 1995 to 1999 8,206
Moved in 1990 to 1994 6,177
Moved in 1980 to 1989 6,771
Moved in 1970 to 1979 4,842
Moved in 1969 or earlier 6,755
   
VEHICLES AVAILABLE  
No vehicles available 5,060
1 vehicle available 20,546
2 vehicles available 20,863
3 or more vehicles available 8,111
   
HOUSE HEATING FUEL  
Utility gas 19,492
Bottled, tank, or LP gas 3,427
Electricity 4,641
Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. 24,562
Coal or coke 221
Wood 1,815
Solar energy 0
Other fuel 422
No fuel used 0
   
SELECTED CHARACTERISTICS
Lacking complete plumbing facilities 78
Lacking complete kitchen facilities 180
No telephone service available 912
   
OCCUPANTS PER ROOM  
1.00 or less N
1.01 to 1.50 N
1.51 or more N
   
Owner-occupied units 37,652
VALUE  
Less than $50,000 1,572
$50,000 to $99,999 4,715
$100,000 to $149,999 9,127
$150,000 to $199,999 7,164
$200,000 to $299,999 7,488
$300,000 to $499,999 4,581
$500,000 to $999,999 2,547
$1,000,000 or more 458
Median (dollars) 170,700
   
MORTGAGE STATUS AND SELECTED MONTHLY OWNER COSTS
Housing units with a mortgage 23,872

Less than $300

0

$300 to $499

619

$500 to $699

1,644

$700 to $999

6,213

$1,000 to $1,499

8,240

$1,500 to $1,999

4,325

$2,000 or more

2,831

Median (dollars)

1,191
Housing units without a mortgage 13,780

Less than $100

204

$100 to $199

220

$200 to $299

1,429

$300 to $399

3,365

$400 or more

8,562
Median (dollars) 452
   
SELECTED MONTHLY OWNER COSTS AS A PERCENTAGE OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Housing unit with a mortgage 23,872

Less than 20.0 percent

10,706

20.0 to 24.9 percent

3,442

25.0 to 29.9 percent

3,332

30.0 to 34.9 percent

1,236

35.0 percent or more

5,035

Not computed

121
Housing unit without a mortgage 13,780

Less than 10.0 percent

4,662

10.0 to 14.9 percent

2,750

15.0 to 19.9 percent

1,473

20.0 to 24.9 percent

1,201

25.0 to 29.9 percent

1,102

30.0 to 34.9 percent

629

35.0 percent or more

1,732

Not computed

231
   
Renter-occupied units 16,928
GROSS RENT  
Less than $200 642
$200 to $299 1,607
$300 to $499 3,343
$500 to $749 7,137
$750 to $999 2,078
$1,000 to $1,499 996
$1,500 or more 307
No cash rent 818
Median (dollars) 594
   
GROSS RENT AS A PERCENTAGE OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than 15.0 percent 1,608
15.0 to 19.9 percent 2,400
20.0 to 24.9 percent 1,566
25.0 to 29.9 percent 2,026
30.0 to 34.9 percent 1,647
35.0 percent or more 6,723
Not computed 958
   

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 05 American Community Survey
More Data for Berkshire County or specific towns in Berkshire County

How we work:

While there is a diverse employment base, the largest segment of the Berkshire workforce is employed in the educational, health care and social services fields. While many think of tourism as our primary industry, the hospitals, colleges, technical schools and professional management services abound with far greater employment opportunity.

OCCUPATION # of Residents
Management, professional, and related occupations
23,930
Service occupations
10,099
Sales and office occupations
13,980
Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations
0
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair occupations
6,579
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations
6,068
Employed population 16 years and over
60,656

The average pay is $38,586. with the largest percentage of the workforce earning between $50,000 to $74,999.

The employment landscape consists of 12,898 firms located in the county and Berkshire works boast an average commute time to work of under 20 minutes. Most workers (80%0 drive alone to work, while 10% carpool. Over 2,700 Berkshire residents work from home (5%) and 4% are close enough to walk to work or 2% use public transportation.

Berkshire County Employment Professions

NOTE. Data are limited to the household population and exclude the population living in institutions, college dormitories, and other group quarters. For information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, and definitions, see Survey Methodology.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Data are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability. The degree of uncertainty for an estimate arising from sampling variability is represented through the use of a margin of error. The value shown here is the 90 percent margin of error. The margin of error can be interpreted roughly as providing a 90 percent probability that the interval defined by the estimate minus the margin of error and the estimate plus the margin of error (the lower and upper confidence bounds) contains the true value. In addition to sampling variability, the ACS estimates are subject to nonsampling error (for a discussion of nonsampling variability, see Accuracy of the Data). The effect of nonsampling error is not represented in these tables.

Notes: ·The median gross rent excludes no cash renters.

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