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Montpelier, Vermont
The Vermont State House, the third on this site, was completed in 1859
The Vermont State House, the third on this site, was completed in 1859

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Location of Montpelier in Washington County, Vermont
Coordinates: 44°15′59″N 72°34′18.98″W / 44.26639, -72.5719389
Country United States
State Vermont
County Washington County
Government
 - Mayor Mary Hooper
Area
 - City  10.3 sq mi (26.7 km²)
 - Land  10.2 sq mi (26.4 km²)
 - Water  0.1 sq mi (0.3 km²)
Elevation  600 ft (182 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 8,035 (city proper)
 - Density 784.0/sq mi (302.7/km²)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website: www.montpelier-vt.org

Montpelier (IPA: [mɑntˈpiːljɝ]) is the capital of the U.S. state of Vermont and the shire town of Washington County. Montpelier is the site of the Vermont State House, visible from the outskirts of town, which is located on State Street on the west side of downtown. The Winooski River, winooski being an Abenaki word meaning "onion," flows west along the south edge of downtown village and is fed by several smaller tributaries that cut through residential districts. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... The Vermont State House The Vermont State House, located in Montpelier, Vermont, is the capitol and seat of government of the U.S. state of Vermont. ... Image File history File links MontpelierVT.jpg Flag of Montpelier, Vermont File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1376x1399, 55 KB)Seal of Montpelier, Vermont File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 547 pixelsFull resolution (1170 × 800 pixel, file size: 92 KB, MIME type: image/png) Made using US Census Bureau Data. ... Washington County is a county located in the state of Vermont. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... 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History

Montpelier was chartered by the Vermont General Assembly on August 14, 1781.[1] Colonel Jacob Davis, among the first European settlers to establish a village there, selected the name after the French city Montpellier. The name is a contraction of mont – hill, and peller – bare or shorn.[2] Davis had also named Calais for the French port city of the same name, it is likely that he named Montpelier for the French town of Montpellier, for there was a general enthusiasm for things French as a result of France's aid during the American Revolution.[3] The Legislature of Vermont is the U.S. state of Vermonts legislative branch, seated at the states capital, Montpelier. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1781 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Montpellier (Occitan Montpelhièr) is a city in the south of France. ... Calais, Vermont Calais is a town located in Washington County, Vermont. ... Calais (Kales in Dutch) is a town in northern France, located at 50°57N 1°52E. It is in the département of Pas-de-Calais, of which it is a sous-préfecture. ... John Trumbulls Declaration of Independence, showing the five-man committee in charge of drafting the Declaration in 1776 as it presents its work to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia The American Revolution refers to the period during the last half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen...


Features

Along with Barre, the city forms a small micropolitan area in the center of the state, together they are known as the "twin cities". Montpelier is the least-populous state capital in the United States, with a population of 7,954 (July 2006 est.). It is home to the New England Culinary Institute, the annual Green Mountain Film Festival and the headquarters of several insurance companies. City of Barre, Vermont Barre is a city in Washington County, Vermont, in the United States. ... United States micropolitan areas, as defined by the Census Bureau and the Office of Management and Budget, are urban areas in the United States based around a core city or town with a population of 10,000 to 49,999. ... This is a list of United States state capitals: Trivia - Jefferson City (Missouri) has the longest name of the U.S. state capitals - Only two of the U.S. state capitals are named for their state: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Indianapolis, Indiana retard See also List of current and former... The New England Culinary Institute (NECI) is a culinary school located in Montpelier, Vermont founded on June 15, 1980 by Fran Voigt and John Dranow. ... Green Mountain Film Festival logo by Edward Koren. ...


Montpelier had the last remaining clothespin manufacturer in the United States. It closed in 2006. Since the city's establishment as capital in 1805 the primary business in Montpelier has been government, and by the mid nineteenth century government and liffe and fire insurance. The majority of businesses in the downtown area are locally owned. There are three national fast food chain restaurants in the city, including the Vermont based Ben & Jerry's. Clothes pins on a clothes line A clothespin (also C47, clothes peg, or just peg) is a fastener used to hang up, and dry clothes, usually on a clothes line. ... Manufacturing is the transformation of raw materials into finished goods for sale, or intermediate processes involving the production or finishing of semi-manufactures. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Processing granite, mainly from the quarries in nearby Barre, was once a major part of the city's economy and continues to some degree; timber was a major industry in the region in the early nineteenth century. An annual local vernacular culture phenomenon, the Valentine Bandit, a tradition of covering downtown storefronts and public buildings with red hearts each February 14, began in Montpelier in the 1990s. Close-up of granite from Yosemite National Park, valley of the Merced River Quarrying granite for the Mormon Temple, Utah Territory. ... For other uses, see Quarry (disambiguation). ... Barre Town, Vermont Barre is a town in Washington County, Vermont, United States. ... Timber in storage for later processing at a sawmill Timber is a term used to describe wood, either standing or that has been processed for use—from the time trees are felled, to its end product as a material suitable for industrial use—as structural material for construction or wood... Vernacular culture is a term used in the modern study of geography and cultural studies. ... February 14, 2007 at the Vermont State House. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Geography

Montpelier is located at 44°15′00″N, 72°34′00″W (44.25, -72.56667)GR1. The city center is a flat clay zone (elevation ~520 ft/158 m), surrounded by hills and granite ledges. Towne Hill runs in a 2-mile ridge (~900 ft/275 m) along the northern edge of the city. Montpelier is subject to periodic flooding in the flat city center with two major floods occurring in 1927 and 1992.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.3 square miles (26.6 km²), of which 10.2 square miles (26.5 km²) of it is land and 0.10% is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ...


Demographics

Montpelier's downtown with coffee-shops and bookshops.

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 8,035 people, 3,739 households, and 1,940 families residing in the city, giving it the smallest population of any U.S. state capital. The population density was 784.0 people per square mile (302.7/km²). There were 3,899 housing units at an average density of 380.4 per square mile (146.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.55% White, 0.65% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. 1.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. A man browses at a bookstore in downtown Montpelier, Vermont (taken Sept. ... A man browses at a bookstore in downtown Montpelier, Vermont (taken Sept. ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 3,739 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 years living with them, 38.5% were couples living together and joined in either marriage or civil union, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.1% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.84. A year (from Old English gēr) is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ... As unregistered cohabitation Recognised in some regions Recognised prior to legalisation of same-sex marriage Netherlands (nationwide) (1998) Spain (12 of 17 communities) (1998) South Africa (nationwide) (1999) Belgium (nationwide) (2000) Canada (QC, NS and MB) (2001) Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Registered partnership Domestic partnership Common-law... A year (from Old English gēr) is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 84.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.0 males. A year (from Old English gēr) is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ...


The median income for a household in the city was $37,513, and the median income for a family was $51,818. Males had a median income of $35,957 versus $29,442 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,599. About 7.2% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.9% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Transportation

See also: Montpelier (Amtrak station)

Amtrak, the national rail passenger system, provides daily service to Montpelier and Barre, operating the Vermonter between St. Albans, Vermont and Washington, D.C. Vermont Transit, a Greyhound Lines subsidiary, operates buses that serve Montpelier. The Green Mountain Transit Authority (GMTA) operates a local bus network throughout the micropolitan area, with stops in Montpelier and Barre, including nearby Waterbury, the Vermont State House, Ben & Jerry's factory (a leading tourist attraction in Vermont), and the local Berlin Mall. GMTA and its sister bus company in Burlington, the Chittenden Country Transit Authority, operate a series of LINK commuter buses with stops in Montpelier, Burlington and Waterbury. A few small taxi companies serve the area. Other information Code MPR Traffic Passengers (2006) 4,150 9% Montpelier is a train station in Montpelier, Vermont served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system. ... The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... Amtraks Vermonter is a 606-mile (975 km) passenger train service between St. ... St. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Vermont Transit Lines (VTL) is a bus company serving New England. ... Greyhound Lines is the largest inter-city common carrier of passengers by bus in North America, serving 2,200 destinations in the United States. ... City of Barre, Vermont Barre is a city in Washington County, Vermont, in the United States. ... Waterbury, Vermont Waterbury is in Washington County in central Vermont. ... The Vermont State House The Vermont State House, located in Montpelier, Vermont, is the capitol and seat of government of the U.S. state of Vermont. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... For specific countries see Taxicabs around the world. ...


The area has bicycle paths.


Cultural pursuits

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Notable residents

Winooski River, Montpelier
Winooski River, Montpelier

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 691 KB) Summary Winooski river, Montpelier, Vermont, USA Shot from the pedestrian bridge at the VINS North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, Vermont. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 691 KB) Summary Winooski river, Montpelier, Vermont, USA Shot from the pedestrian bridge at the VINS North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, Vermont. ... Frederick W. Adams (1786-December 17, 1858) was a noted physician, author, and violin maker. ... George Dewey (December 26, 1837 – January 16, 1917) was an admiral of the United States Navy, best known for his victory (without the loss of a single life of his own forces due to combat; one man died of heatstroke) at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Fitzgerland as a midshipman William Bill C. Fitzgerald (28 January 1938 - 7 August 1967) was born in Montpelier, Vermont, the second child and first son of Louis and Mildred Mary Fitzgerald. ... Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ... Arthur E. Scotty Scott (March 14, 1917 - December 2, 1976} was the Senates first photo-historian. ... John Mellen Thurston (August 21, 1847 – August 9, 1916) was a Senator from Nebraska. ... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Largest metro area Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ... Samuel Curtis Upham (February 2, 1819 – June 29, 1885) was an American journalist, lyricist, merchant, and counterfeiter during the later part of the 19th century, sometimes known as Honest Sam Upham. // Early life Samuel Curtis Upham was born in Montpelier, Vermont to Samuel Upham and Sally Hatch, a zealous Methodist... Patrick Joseph Leahy (born March 31, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Vermont. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...

See also

  • Saint Augustine's Church, Montpelier

Saint Augustines Church is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Saint Augustine and located on Barre Street in Montpelier, Vermont. ...

References

  1. ^ History. The Montpelier Master Plan Task Force, Department of Planning and Development (March 1997).. City of Montpelier, Vermont (2004-03-06). Retrieved on 2007-02-12.
  2. ^ Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of Vermont. (1996). Vermont: A guide to the Green Mountain State.. The Stephen Greene Press, p. 117. 
  3. ^ Swift, Esther Monroe. (1977). 'Vermont Place Names: Footprints of History.. Houghton Mifflin, pp 451-454. ISBN 0-8289-0291-7.. 
  4. ^ (1963) Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 

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