Bernardston MA

Bernardston is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 2,155 at the 2000 census. The town was named for colonial governor Francis Bernard.


Bernardston was first settled in 1738 and was officially incorporated in 1762.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 60.6 km² (23.4 mi²), all land.


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 2,155 people, 848 households, and 603 families residing in the town. The population density was 35.5/km² (92.0/mi²). There were 879 housing units at an average density of 14.5/km² (37.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.03% White, 0.09% African American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population. There were 848 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.95. In the town the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males. The median income for a household in the town was $45,259, and the median income for a family was $53,125. Males had a median income of $35,071 versus $22,377 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,959. About 2.8% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

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