Pittsfield is located in the western part of the state of Massachusetts and a city in Berkshire County. It sits on the Housatonic River headstreams in the Berkshire Hills at the northwestern part of Springfield. The area was first settled in 1752 and was referred to as the Pontoosuc Plantation before it was incorporated as a town, and was then made the county seat in 1761 and was then named after the then English Prime Minister William Pitt. The town was developed as a farming community and was then later on shifted to an industrial community because of its abundant waterpower in the early part of the 19th century. At present, Pittsfield has a well-diversified economy wherein the activities now include the production of various plastic produce, health care, business services, and the insurance business which has a prominent role in the development of the economic status. The city is a key population center, hosting several large corporations such as Laurin Publishing, General Systems, Chemex Corporation, and GE advanced materials. As a result, residents enjoy a robust economy and high earning potential. The real estate market caters to a large range of budgets from those who want small starter homes, to shared housing, and mansions. Living in Pittsfield surrounds you with lots of attractions such as the Colonial Theatre, the Berkshire Museum, the Berkshire Opera Company, and the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. During the weekends, crowds are drawn to the many parks in the area for cross-country skiing, camping, and water sports. There are also several golf clubs with award-winning courses in Pittsfield, making the area a state-wide favorite for work and play.
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