Pittsfield is the commercial, political and social center of the Berkshires. The county seat since 1868, Pittsfield is the largest community in the Berkshires and serves as the region’s industrial-manufacturing center as well the center for legal, medical and arts. Some of the county’s largest companies in the county (General Dynamics Defense Systems, G E Plastics, Berkshire Life, and Berkshire Medical Center) are all located in Pittsfield. The city is known as the “Plastics Technology Center of the Nation” with more than 40 plastics companies, including GE Plastics, making their home in Pittsfield.
Pittsfield was founded in 1761, named after British Prime Minister William Pitt (who would later take up the
American colonists cause before the revolution). The community’s fast waters and flat open land attracted industry and Pittsfield soon flourished. Nevertheless, farming continued to play a major role through much of the 20th century. In 1885, Pittsfield was selected as one of the 20 most productive agricultural communities in Massachusetts.
The city has had its fair share of famous residents who have made major contributions to the nation’s history, including: Herman Melville, who wrote “Moby- Dick” at Arrowhead; Civil War Colonel William F. Bartlett who rose from private to become the youngest major general in the war at the age of 24; and Lieutenant Colonel Charles W. Whittlesley won the Congressional Medal of Honor as commander of the “Lost Battalion” during World War I.
Today, Pittsfield is going through a renaissance fueled by its investment in cultural. Downtown Pittsfield is teeming with activity with residents and visitors alike enjoying events at our Colonial Theatre, Barrington Stage Company and Beacon Cinema and new restaurants and retail shops are popping up all over. The city’s monthly Third Thursdays, which bring upward to 10,000 people to North Street.
City of Pittsfield: www.pittsfield.com
Public Schools: Pittsfield Public School System
Average Assessed House Value: $183,972
Average Single Family Property Tax: $2,795
Residential Tax Rate (per $1,000): $15.19
Commercial Tax Rate (per $1,000): $30.95
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