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Berkshire County, Massachusetts

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 Pittsfield6.

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 census 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% 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 people living in poverty, 12.30% are under the age of 18 and 7.20% are 65 or older.

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