Tuesday, February 20
Population: 1,345 (2000 U.S. Census); 1,356 (2005 town census).
Area: 18.95 square miles.
Elevation: 748 feet (average).
Average annual snowfall: 68 inches (estimated).
Median resident age: 44.7.
Median household income: $50,000 (2000 U.S. Census); national, $41,994.
Median family income: $60,104 (2000 U.S. Census, 2000).
Average house value: $419,083 (DOR, 2007).
Average property tax: $2,640, single-family home (DOR, 2007).
Unemployment rate: 3.5 percent; (December 2006).
Races: White, 1,323; black/African American, 1; American Indian/Alaska native, 1; Asian, 4; other races, 4; mixed races, 12; Hispanic/Latino, 14 (2000 U.S. Census).
Ancestries: Irish, 15 percent; English, 14 percent; German, 12 percent; Italian, 9 percent; Russian, 5 percent; Polish, 5 percent; French, 4 percent; Dutch, 4 percent; Scottish, 4 percent; Swedish, 3 percent; Welsh, 2 percent; Hungarian, 2 percent; Scotch-Irish, 2 percent; French Canadian, 2 percent; Norwegian, 1 percent; Ukrainian, 1 percent; Austrian, 1 percent; Lithuanian, 1 percent; Greek, 1 percent; Swiss, 1 percent; Canadian, 1 percent (2000 U.S. Census).
Town Web site: www.egremont-ma.gov
The town ...
... was named for The Earl of Egremont
(Charles Windham). ... is home to several celebrities, including retired Yankee baseball star and author Jim Bouton
; journalist and blogger John Hockenberry
("The Blogenberry"), and Linda Ellerbee
, who produces children's programming for Nickelodeon and other cable networks through her own company, Lucky Duck Productions. ... aggressively enforces speed limits, especially the 20-mph zone in the South Egremont village, causing some motorists to consider it a "speed trap." Police Chief Reena Bucknell has two full-time officers, with a vacancy for a third; there are six part-time officers. ... established The Egremont Free Library
in 1893 through a $25 town appropriation. It is housed in the old Egremont Academy
building, built as a school in 1830 and sold to the town in 1882 for town offices. The library, open limited hours four days a week, now occupies the entire first floor, with town archives on the second floor. The Mount Everett Cemetery
adjoins the library; its oldest headstone is from 1803 and members of prominent Egremont families are buried there. ... has much of its farmland preserved through the state's APR program; the Egremont Land Trust
is also active in seeking to preserve open space and put the brakes on development. ... has many residents who are self-employed at home-based businesses or telecommute, while others travel great distances to jobs in Albany, Springfield and Hartford.