The town is patrolled by the Fourth Station of Barracks, sits astride the southern spur of Vermont. The population density is listed per square mile at 31.7 people. The state level is represented as part of the Second Berkshire district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The Massachusetts Senate is part of the Berkshire, Franklin district and Hampshire. The national level is represented as part of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives. Massachusetts is represented currently by junior senator Ed Markey and senior Senator Elizabeth Warren in the United States Senate.
The nearest community college is Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. The nearest state college is Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the nearest state university and North Adams. The principal landmarks are the steeple of the First Congregational Church. The new name was suggested by pastor of the First Congregational Church by the Rev. John Leland. Many residents of other denominations attend churches in Pittsfield and Dalton in Hinsdale. Camp Danbee operates on the shore of Ashmere Lake in the summer.