The town of Egremont was one of the first places to be settled in the 18th century by European immigrants and has the highest percentage of people working on farms in the Berkshires (5.2 percent) and 20 percent of the land in town is used for agricultural purposes. More than a third of the houses are second homes, an increasingly important part of the town’s make-up. It is a small, quiet, residential town of about 1,100 which serves those who have traditionally made their full-time home here. Egremont has limited nightlife, low taxes, and exceptional public services including police, highway, and a volunteer fire department. Egremont is part of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District.