Montpelier, Vermont

00 montpelier capitol leavesMontpelier, Vermont

  • Vermont became a state March 4, 1791, the 14th state admitted to the Union.
  • Montpelier became state capital 1808
  • Settled: 1787
  • Name Origin: Named for French city of Montpellier by settler Col Jacob Davis

Montpelier is the smallest capital city in population of all 50. It is a quiet little town on the Winooski River, surrounded by the ski resorts of the Green Mountains.

The capitol was built in 1859 of Vermont granite. Its circular drum tower is covered in gold, and supports a statue of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture. All in all, the capitol is 136 feet tall.

The town is so compact you can see everything in a 10-minute walk. Then tour a sugar-house at Morse Farm near Montpelier – in the fall you can view the maple-sugar-making process. Fifteen miles away is Stowe, where the Sound of Music’s Von Trapp family operates a resort. In the summer they stage concerts in the meadow at their family estate.

Drive another thirty miles and you reach the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain. The Rock of Ages granite quarry at Barre, Vermont is one of the world’s largest.

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Things To Love About Montpelier

The green velvet chairs in the capitol, inviting a sit in the legislative chambers, at the front if you like; Sunday’s culinary brunch at NECI; the Rock of Ages marble works; the Morse Farm Maple Sugar Shack; the tiny town and mountain surround.

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Capital City Basics

  • Population: 7,855, smallest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 781 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 10.06 square miles
  • Elevation: 525 feet, 25th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 27/10, July 81/60. Annual rainfall: 37 inches
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Water near: Winooski River
  • Mountains near: Green Mountains. Mount Mansfield in the northwest part of the state is the highest point in Vermont at 4,393 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Concord, NH 117; Albany, NY 173; Augusta, ME and Boston, MA 181
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 545

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 7,855                Population
  • 18.8%               Under 18
  • 15.3%               Over 65
  • 2.2%                 Asian
  • 1.0%                 Black
  • 2.1%                 Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.3%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.0%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 92.3%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 4.4%                English Not Spoken at Home
  • 94.9%             High School Graduate
  • 56.3%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 8.7%                Below Poverty Level
  • $32,145           Per Capita Income
  • $57,648          Median Household Income
  • $202,500        Median Value of Home
  • 58.9%              Home Ownership