What makes living in the Berkshires so special? It’s the extraordinary quality of life! There’s natural beauty at every turn, easy access to a vibrant cultural and artisanal foodie scene, and proximity to mountains, lakes, and forests for year-round outdoor fun. There’s also a growing economy here that’s attracting families, individuals, and business owners seeking opportunities for building a fulfilling, balanced life.
From our smallest villages to our biggest city, much of what you find in Berkshire County’s 32 distinct communities surpasses that of a major metropolitan center, yet it’s more affordable here. Consider that the cost of living in the Berkshires is 51% of the cost of living in Manhattan, 66% the cost of Brooklyn, and 81% the cost of Boston. Beyond home ownership, the tax incentives and financial resources available in the Berkshires attract businesses across a wide variety of industries, from small startups to large corporations.
A sophisticated infrastructure adds to the draw of living here. Berkshire County’s award-winning health care system and providers are recognized among the nation’s best. Both Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington and Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield have been awarded five-stars and four-stars, respectively, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for exceptional levels of care. Berkshire Medical Center Cancer Center recently ranked among the top 1% in the country.
The Berkshires is also home to some of the finest public and private schools in the United States, from early childhood education to postgraduate study. Williams College, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Berkshire Community College are all based here. Local public-school districts provide top-notch preparation for college and careers, and independent college prep schools such as Berkshire School, Buxton, Darrow School, and Miss Hall’s educate a diverse population of students from around the world.
If you’re considering a move to the Berkshires, 1Berkshire is here to support you. With our primary focus on economic development and promotion of the region, 1Berkshire works to help local entrepreneurs and small business owners strengthen and expand in the Berkshires. Our #liveBRK ambassadors will answer your relocation questions, help connect you to the resources you need, and introduce you to the artists, farmers, business owners, entrepreneurs and others who have chosen to live, innovate, and create in the Berkshires.
Life is calling you to live #intheBerkshires! Join us here—where the environment inspires, dreams are possible, and opportunities abound. Learn more about living and working in the Berkshires at 1berkshire.com.