Great Barrington is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 6,945 people and just one neighborhood, Great Barrington is the 214th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Great Barrington was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
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 88.67% 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 food service (16.08%), maintenance occupations (11.80%) and office and administrative support (10.80%).
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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Great Barrington is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Great Barrington enrolled in college, Great Barrington has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
One of the benefits of Great Barrington is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.47 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.