Hey Berkshire County, let’s play a little game.  Whether you’ve lived here your whole life, or moved here a week ago, can you name all of the cities and towns in Berkshire County?  I was talking to a friend the other day, and he was shocked to learn just how many there are!  Which got me wondering...can anyone name them all?

So, go ahead and see how many you can name, I’ll give you a few moments.  Obviously, try not to cheat or look anything up, it takes the fun out of it!  And since I’m a nice guy, I’ll even help get you started with three of the most obvious:  Great Barrington in south county, Pittsfield in central Berkshire County, and North Adams in north county.

Ok, now see how many more you can name off the top of your head, and come back when you’re ready.

Are you finished?

Were you able to name ten?  Twenty?  Twenty-five?

Not bad…but I’m going to guess you weren’t able to name all of them.  Because the total number is…

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Yep, that’s right!  It surprises even Berkshire County residents that have lived here all their lives, but the number is thirty-two.

Keep in mind, I’m NOT even counting villages when I do this.  For example, I’m not counting Lenox Dale, which is a part of Lenox, nor Housatonic, which is a part of Great Barrington.  Nor am I counting the five villages that make up New Marlborough.  What constitutes a village in Berkshire County, and why they’re actually part of towns is a post for another day…

So, without further ado, listed below are all thirty-two cities and towns in Berkshire County.  How many did you get?

Adams, Alford, Becket, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Ashford, New Marlborough, North Adams, Otis, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington, West Stockbridge, Williamstown and Windsor.

And before anyone asks, no, Cummington is not a part of Berkshire County, nor is Monroe…two towns that border us here in Berkshire County and often get confused as being part of the Berkshires.

Even in our little area of Massachusetts, Berkshire County has a range of cities and towns to be explored, whether you’ve lived here one week or all your life!

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