It is the principal city of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Berkshire County. Although the population has declined in recent decades, Pittsfield remains the fourth largest municipality in western Massachusetts, behind only Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee. News, due to the high number of single older residents and higher likelihood of finding companionship or a partner.In 2005, Farmers Insurance ranked Pittsfield 20th in the United States as "Most Secure Place To Live" among small towns with fewer than 150,000 residents. The Mahican (Muh-hi-kann) Native American nation, an Algonquian people, inhabited Pittsfield and the surrounding area until the early 1700s, when, the population greatly reduced by war and disease, many migrated westward or lived quietly on the fringes of society.) of lands known originally as Pontoosuck, a Mohican word meaning "a field or haven for winter deer", as a speculative investment.In 2012, the city was listed among the 10 best places for single people to retire in the U. He planned to subdivide and resell to others who would settle there.He formed a partnership with Philip Livingston, a wealthy kinsman from Albany, New York, and Col.
With the introduction of Merino sheep from Spain in 1807, the area became the center of woolen manufacturing in the United States, an industry that would dominate the community's economy for almost a century.The town was a bustling metropolis by the late 19th century.In 1891, the City of Pittsfield was incorporated, and William Stanley, Jr., who had recently relocated his Electric Manufacturing Company to Pittsfield from Great Barrington, produced the first electric transformer.Stanley's enterprise was the forerunner of the internationally known corporate giant, General Electric (GE).Thanks to the success of GE, Pittsfield's population in 1930 had grown to more than 50,000.While GE Advanced Materials (now owned by SABIC-Innovative Plastics, a subsidiary of the Riyadh-based Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) continues to be one of the city's largest employers, a workforce that once topped 13,000 was reduced to less than 700 with the demise and/or relocation of the transformer and aerospace portions of the General Electric empire.On October 8, 2015, SABIC announced it would relocate its headquarters from Pittsfield to Houston, Texas.General Dynamics occupies many of the old GE buildings, and its workforce is expanding.Much of General Dynamics' local success is based on the awarding of government contracts related to its advanced information systems.On September 3, 1902, at AM, during a two-week tour through New England campaigning for Republican congressmen, the barouche transporting President Theodore Roosevelt from downtown Pittsfield to the Pittsfield Country Club collided head-on with a trolley.Roosevelt, Massachusetts Governor Winthrop Murray Crane, secretary to the president George Bruce Cortelyou, and bodyguard William Craig were thrown into the street.