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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Great Barrington is a town in Massachusetts with a population of 6,915. Great Barrington is in Berkshire County. Living in Great Barrington offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Great Barrington there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Great Barrington and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Great Barrington are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$311,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$927
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%
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Great Barrington Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    278.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    44
    40.7
  • Robbery
    29.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    146.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    719
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    73.4
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Great Barrington

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$56,124
National
$55,322

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Great Barrington Reviews

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My wife and I moved to the area with our 2 month old baby after living most of our lives in Colorado and we could not be happier. Great Barrington and the Southern Berkshires is the perfect place to live. We are surrounded by beautiful nature and have all of the amenities we need. There are green mountains and perfect rivers and lakes everywhere here, we never run out of free things to do outside year round. We are also in the middle of an amazing arts and culture scene. The food and restaurants are amazing too, catering to the weekenders from New York and Boston. Its small town living with big city amenities and culture, everything you could want or need is here. Great schools, libraries, parks and playgrounds for the kids. It really is a special place with four true and beautiful seasons. And the people here are all so nice! There is no better place to live for a young family. We love it here!!!
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A few people here wrote that GB is open to all people, not my experience at all. I'm racially mixed: white, Hispanic, Black, Cherokee, but look white mostly. I'm poor so I seem more poor here surrounded by McMansions, mostly vacation homes for overindulgent people. A rich resident said to us: "I don't care about money".
It's easy to say when you've always had more than enough! She doesn't realize she's cruel. She doesn't understand we're NOT greedy cause we HAVE to think about money to eat, educate our children and sleep under a roof!
It's impossible to rent or buy anything suitable because they've inflated the housing market here so much it's forcing out the people who live and work here!
It's a wonderful small town surrounded by the beauty of woods, rivers, ponds, lakes for those that enjoy hiking, fishing, and solitude. Great Barrington has a wonderful local ski area, Butternut, with tubing and downhill skiing . The town and surrounding areas are a cultural haven with year-round arts, music, and theater events as well as wonderful little shops and restaurants.