Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the seat of Berkshire County. It is in the Berkshire Hills, 150 miles (240 km) west of Boston, at an elevation of 1,035 feet (315 m). Principal products include textiles and clothing, paper products, and plastics. The Berkshire Museum is devoted to art and natural history. In the Berkshire Athenaeum, a public library, is a room in memory of novelist Herman Melville, who once lived in Pittsfield.
Pittsfield was settled in 1743. It has the mayor-council form of government.