Western Massachusetts Snapshot Population Area (sq. mi.) College Enrollment Population Aged 25+ with Bachelor’s Degree or Higher Total Resident Employment Manufacturing Employment Per Capita Income 824,161 2,830 75,000 33.3% 344,561 31,287 $37,888 Massachusetts National Rankings Energy Efficiency Scientists and Engineers Industry Research and Development Per Capita Income Production per Energy Unit Patents Healthy Residents Per Capita Gross State Product Finance and Insurance Employment 1st 1st 1st 2nd 5th 5th 5th 6th 7th Master’s, Professional or Doctoral Degrees 1st A bout the C over : Western Massachusetts comprises the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires. Since America’s earliest days, the region has attracted people and industries seeking economic opportunity and a high quality of life. Today, western Massachusetts continues to offer bright futures to businesses and individuals with pioneering spirits.