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The 2000 Census showed that Berkshire County had a population of 134,953 people. This represented 2.13% of the total population of Massachusetts, making it the state's 11th most populous county (out of 14 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Berkshire had a population of 129,288 people. This is a decrease of 4.2% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010131,219-2.77%+1.49% since 2009
2009129,288-4.2%-0.22% since 2008
2008129,571-3.99%-0.5% since 2007
2007130,219-3.51%-0.21% since 2006
2006130,494-3.3%-0.59% since 2005
2005131,268-2.73%-0.59% since 2004
2004132,052-2.15%-0.47% since 2003
2003132,672-1.69%-0.32% since 2002
2002133,101-1.37%-0.47% since 2001
2001133,723-0.91%-0.91% since 2000
2000134,953The Last Census

Berkshire County had 66,301 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Berkshire County has a total area<3> of 946 square miles [2,450 km²]. Of this total, 931 square miles [2,412 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.58%) being water (14.95 square miles [38.73 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Berkshire County had a population density of 144.9 people per square mile [55.9 people/km²], making it the state's 13th most densely populated county (out of 14 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Berkshire County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Berkshire and the state of Massachusetts.

Click here for the Berkshire County QuickFact (QF-25003).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Berkshire County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
North AdamsQF-254622513,81614,681-5.89%
Great BarringtonQF-25268157,3557,527-2.29%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Berkshire County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Litchfield (CT)QF-09005   S188,728182,1933.59%
FranklinQF-25011   NE71,77871,5350.34%
HampdenQF-25013   SE471,081456,2283.26%
HampshireQF-25015   E156,044152,2512.49%
Columbia (NY)QF-36021   W61,61863,094-2.34%
Rensselaer (NY)QF-36083   NW155,541152,5381.97%
Bennington (VT)QF-50003   N36,41136,994-1.58%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Berkshire. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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