Pittsfield was inhabited by the Mohicans and the surrounding area until the early 1700s when the population was greatly reduced by war and disease and many people migrated westward. Pittsfield is the largest city and the county seat of Berkshire County. The population was 44,737 at the 2010 census. In 2010, the Financial Times proclaimed Pittsfield the “Brooklyn of the Berkshires” in an article covering its renaissance at that time. Pittsfield has its own public school system, as well as numerous private and parochial schools, and a community college.