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Pittsfield

About Pittsfield

44,168 in city
129,218 in metro
109 km² (42 mi²)
305.516662598 m
Pittsfield is the largest city in western Massachusetts. It is located on the Housatonic River in the Berkshire Mountains, about 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Springfield and about 30 miles (50 km) southeast of Albany. The seat of Berkshire County, it is a center of industry, commerce, and tourism. The land around Pittsfield was purchased from the city of Boston in 1737, but was not settled until 1752. It was incorporated as a town in 1761 and named for William Pitt, the British parliamentarian who supported the colonial cause during the revolutionary period. Author Herman Melville wrote his famous novel, "Moby-Dick," here in 1851.