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Berkshire County, Massachusetts

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Berkshire County (pronounced /ˈbɜːrkʃər/) is a county on the western edge of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. As of the 2020 census, the population was 129,026.[2] Its largest city and traditional county seat is Pittsfield.[3] The county was founded in 1761.[4] The Berkshire Hills are centered on Berkshire County. Residents are known as Berkshirites. It exists today only as a historical geographic region, and has no county government, with the exception of the retirement board for former county workers, and certain offices such as the sheriff and registry of deeds.

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Berkshire County
Berkshire County Courthouse
Motto(s): 
Firmus et Paratus
(Latin "Steadfast and Ready")
Location within the U.S. state of Massachusetts
Massachusetts's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 42°23′46″N 73°12′36″W
Country United States
State Massachusetts
FoundedApril 24, 1761
Named forBerkshire, England
SeatPittsfield
Largest cityPittsfield
Area
  Total946 sq mi (2,450 km2)
  Land927 sq mi (2,400 km2)
  Water20 sq mi (50 km2)  2.1%%
Population
 (2020)
  Total129,026
  Density139.2/sq mi (53.7/km2)
DemonymBerkshirite[1]
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district1st
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Bash Bish Falls, in the Taconic Range, Appalachian Mountains
The Berkshire Hills, part of the Appalachian Mountains, in winter