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Pittsfield's Community By The Numbers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Want to know what makes up the community?

The U.S. Census Bureau released its five-year American Community Survey on Tuesday which catalogues data regarding income, housing, living arrangements, relationship status, race, nativity, occupation and more between 2005 though 2009.

The nationwide survey can be broken down in countless ways and can be found on the U.S. Census Bureau's website, though sorting the data can be a little exhausting. Here is a link to the city's urbanized area data.

Some numbers that stand out are :
  • 91.5 percent identified themselves as white.
  • 34 percent of the population older than 25 have just a high school diploma and 25 percent earn a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • 10 percent of students drop out of high school.
  • 29.1 percent are of Irish ancestry; Italians are in second place at 19.7 percent.
  • 69.7 percent of women who have given birth in the last year were unmarried.
  • 93.5 percent of families speak only English in the home.
  • 91 percent of workers commute by carpooling or driving a car, truck or van.
  • It takes an average of 17.1 minutes to commute to work.
  • 29.9 percent work in educational services, health care and social assistance.
  • The median income is $44,631 and 15 percent of the population is in poverty.
  • 89.1 percent of housing units are occupied.
  • 42 percent of housing units were built in 1939 or earlier. This is the second most in the nation behind Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
  • The average rent is $677 and the average mortgage payment is $1,337.
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