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Richmond, Massachusetts
—  Town  —
Location in Berkshire County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°22′23″N 73°22′05″W / 42.37306°N 73.36806°W / 42.37306; -73.36806
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Berkshire
Settled 1760
Incorporated 1765
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Total 19.2 sq mi (49.8 km2)
 - Land 19.0 sq mi (49.1 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 1,057 ft (322 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,604
 - Density 84.6/sq mi (32.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01254
Area code(s) 413
FIPS code 25-56795
GNIS feature ID 0619425
Website http://www.richmondma.org/

Richmond is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,604 at the 2000 census.

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History

The area around Richmond was settled as part of the town of Stockbridge in 1756. The town was set apart and incorporated in 1765, and named for Charles Lennox, Duke of Richmond. The town of Lenox, which grew out of the village of Yokuntown, was also named for him when it was incorporated two years later. The town was mostly agrarian until the discovery of iron ore in 1829, which led to an iron works which lasted into the twentieth century.[1]

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View of Farm in Richmond.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.2 square miles (49.8 km²), of which, 19.0 square miles (49.1 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (1.40%) is water.

Richmond is bordered on the north by Hancock and Pittsfield, on the east by Lenox, on the south by Stockbridge and West Stockbridge, and on the west by Canaan, Columbia County, New York.

Route 41 passes from north to south through the town, and Route 295, the state's highest-numbered state route, continues from Route 41 to the corresponding New York state route. The nearest interstate is Interstate 90, also known as the Massachusetts Turnpike. Exit 1 is located two miles further south along Route 41, but only allows for westbound exit and eastbound entrance. The nearest westbound entrance to the interstate is in Canaan, at Berkshire Connector Exit 3. The nearest municipal airport is Pittsfield Municipal Airport, 5.5 miles away, and the nearest airport serving national flights is Albany International Airport, 45 miles northwest of the town. There is no bus service in town, and the nearest bus station is in Pittsfield. There is also a CSX freight rail line which passes through the town.[2]

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,604 people, 643 households, and 480 families residing in the town. The town ranks 16th out of the 32 towns in Berkshire County, and 304th out of 351 in the Commonwealth by population.The population density was 84.6 people per square mile (32.7/km²), placing it 14th in the county and 293rd in the Commonwealth. There were 833 housing units at an average density of 43.9/sq mi (17.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.63% White, 1.00% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 643 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 35.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $60,917, and the median income for a family was $72,500. Males had a median income of $45,536 versus $36,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $35,568. About 1.9% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.[4]

Government

Richmond is governed by the open town meeting form of government, and is governed by a board of selectmen. The town has its own police department and a volunteer fire department. The town has its own library and other public services.

On the state level, Richmond is represented in the Massachusetts House of Representatives by the Second Berkshire district, which covers central Berkshire County, as well as portions of Hampshire and Franklin Counties. In the Massachusetts Senate, the town is represented by the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin district, which includes all of Berkshire County and western Hampshire and Franklin Counties.[5] The town is patrolled by the First (Lee) Station of Barracks "B" of the Massachusetts State Police.[6]

On the national level, Richmond is represented in the United States House of Representatives as part of Massachusetts's 1st congressional district, and has been represented by John Olver of Amherst since June 1991. Massachusetts is currently represented in the United States Senate by senior Senator John Kerry and interim junior senator Paul Kirk.[7] A special election is scheduled to be held on January 19, 2010 to fill the Class 1 seat currently held by Kirk.[8]

Education

Richmond has one school, Richmond Consolidated School, which serves students in town from preschool through 8th grades. Richmond has an arrangement to send its high school students to Pittsfield High School or Monument Mountain Regional High School or Taconic High School. Other private schools are located in Pittsfield as well.

The nearest community college, Berkshire Community College, is in Pittsfield. The nearest state college is Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and the nearest university is the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Points of interest

An orchard, Bartlett's apple orchard, lies in the Berkshires. This orchard sells apple cider, homemade sugar donuts and other pasteries, apples that you can pick yourself, and many more things.

Notable residents

References

  1. ^ Richmond, Massachusetts - The BerkshireWeb
  2. ^ Massachusetts Atlas & Gazetteer, Second Edition. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme, 2002.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ Massachusetts DCHD Community Profiles
  5. ^ Senators and Representatives by City and Town
  6. ^ Station B-1, SP Lee
  7. ^ "Kirk to be interim senator". http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/09/kirk_to_be_name.html.  
  8. ^ Governor sets date for special Senate election, presses for interim appointment
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