Great Barrington is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 6,996 people and just one neighborhood, Great Barrington is the 214th largest community in Massachusetts. Great Barrington has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
Real Estate Prices
Housing costs in Great Barrington are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.
Occupations and Workforce
Great Barrington is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.88% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Great Barrington is a town of service providers, professionals and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Great Barrington who work in maintenance occupations (13.10%), food service (11.29%) and teaching (10.84%).
Of important note, Great Barrington is also a town of artists. Great Barrington has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Great Barrington’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.51% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle