I moved to Pittsfield in the fall of 2017 from eastern MA seeking some peace and a more relaxed pace of life after experiencing a number of health issues that culminated in my leaving work for a period of recovery. I was slightly acquainted with the Berkshires, having been to Tanglewood, MassMoca and the Clark over the course of a number of years. More than that, much has been made of the Berkshires' being an artistic mecca, further, of Pittsfield's being reinvented as the capital of said artistic mecca. I regret to tell you that such is not the case.Okay, so I am living in very modest circumstances, marginal circumstances -- take this with a grain of salt ...:* The crime in Pittsfield and North Adams is bad, and I do mean bad. Bad and quite brazen. I'd say it's on par with Lawrence, probably not as bad as Brockton. * There are no jobs here (none apart from the state, Berkshire Medical Center ... General Dynamics has a small footprint. Don't move here expecting to work.) * There are virtually no services here, plumbers etc. Unreal.* The cost of living isn't appreciably less than in eastern MA. Obviously, home prices are lower. Good luck finding an apartment, though, and be prepared to pay $1600 if you want something nice in downtown Pittsfield. * Dining, nightlife ... don't believe the propaganda. Sure, there is a handful of nice restaurants. But that's it. * The arts. This was the biggest let-down for me. Yes, there are some real gems here, and I love them. But, seriously, you're talking a weekend in the summer, maybe a long weekend. It's just not worth it. As to community, good luck finding it. I'd encourage anyone considering moving here thinking s/he might find kindred spirits writing or in the arts to check out meetups and every other clearinghouse for such information out there -- simply, there is nothing between Albany, NY and Northampton, MA. It's unreal, I mean, I've never lived any place that didn't have something. Relative to eastern MA, there are only a few colleges in the Berkshires, and I'm guessing that would account for the lack of intellectual capital (together with the loss of the manufacturing job base over the previous decades).If you're dead set on moving to the area, or are compelled to move here for other reasons, I would strongly encourage you to look to places in the southern Berkshires, such as Lenox, Great Barrington, etc. Those towns are far more evocative of what I'd expected and hoped for. Good luck!