Montpelier city, Vermont

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Montpelier city, Vermont

Montpelier city, Vermont
- Total:7.855 (2010)
- Density:714,1/sq mi (290,9/sq km)
Area code(s):802
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
- Total:11 sq mi (28 sq km)
- Land:11 sq mi (27 sq km)
- Water:1 sq mi (1 sq km)
- % water:3,57 %

Quick information summary of the Montpelier city area.

Montpelier city is located in the state of Vermont. It occupies the area of 11 square miles. 1 square miles are water areas and 11 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Montpelier city lies at +44.2664485, -072.5715237 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 7.855 living in the Montpelier city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (93.72%), Two or More races (2.34%) and Asian (2.18%). Median age is 41 for the males and 46 for the females.

Montpelier is the capital of Vermont and the seat of Washington County. With a population of only 7,855, Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the United States.

The city was founded in 1787 and today it occupies an area of 10.3 square miles. It lies in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5).

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Statistical data for the Montpelier city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
7,36293.72 %
Black or African American alone
791.01 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
230.29 %
Asian alone
1712.18 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
20.03 %
Some Other Race alone
340.43 %
Two or More races
1842.34 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Montpelier city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Montpelier city part within the Subdivision
Washington County 59.534- Montpelier city part7.855
Montpelier city 7.855- Montpelier city part7.855

Profile of the Montpelier city

History of Montpelier

Montpelier was originally chartered in 1781 and granted to Timothy Bigelow and a group of 58 people he led. However, the first permanent settlement was initiated in 1789, by Colonel Jacob Davis and General Parley Davis from Massachusetts, who surveyed the land, cleared the forest and built a log house. They came up with the name Montpelier, after the city in France. At the time, Americans were enthusiastic about all things French, mainly due to the country’s help during the American Revolutionary War. New settlers soon came and by 1791 Montpelier had 117 inhabitants. That was the year Vermont became a U.S. state but Montpelier was not chosen as the permanent state capital until 1805. As for the reason why this small town was chosen, it was either because of its location, with several roads and the proximity to river, or because of land and money that were promised.

Throughout the early 19th century, Montpelier thrived, attracted many newcomers, mostly craftsmen, and new factories, sawmills and ironworks soon opened. The falls on the Winooski River provided sufficient water power for the mills and the industry was booming. Thanks to the quarries in nearby Barre, the town attracted sculptors from Italy and stone cutters from Spain. As it happened in many American cities, the arrival of the railroad in the mid-19th century was crucial for Montpelier, boosting the commerce and bringing tourists and other visitors. In 1848, Dr. Julius Dewey, father of the celebrated Spanish-American War hero George Dewey, founded National Life Insurance Company, one of the first insurance companies not only in the USA, but also in the world.

After the Civil War, several new hotels opened in Montpelier, increasing the tourism revenues to the town. In 1884, Montpelier got the first municipal water driven hydro system in Vermont and in 1895 it was finally incorporated as a city.

Since Montpelier is situated near three of the major ski areas in Vermont, winter tourism became important for the city, especially after it got the first rope tow in the nation.

In 1991, there was a flood in Montpelier caused by ice floes that blocked parts of the Winooski River, causing it to flow backwards into the city.

Plans for the urban development of this small town, especially for the riverfront and office park development, began in 1997.

Today, Montpelier is still a typical American small town, despite being a state capital, but it is considered to be one of the most livable cities in the country, with strong economy and easy access to scenic natural surroundings.

Geography and Climate

Montpelier is located in central Vermont, near the Winooski River, with several tributaries flowing through the city. The city center, being almost completely flat, is susceptible to flooding. Two of the worst floods in the city occurred in 1927 and 1992. The city occupies 10.3 square miles and is situated at the foothills of the Green Mountains.

The climate in Montpelier is humid continental. The winters are cold, long, with plenty of snowfall. Springs and autumns are brief and the summers are warm and comfortable.

Together with Barre, Montpelier forms a small micropolitan area in central Vermont, sometimes called “twin cities.”


At the 2000 U.S. Census, the racial makeup in Montpelier was 96.55% White, 1.4% Hispanic or Latino, 0.82% Asian, 0.65% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.39% some other race and 1.34% from two or more races. At the same census, the city had 3,739 households and 1,940 families. The median age was 40. The median household income was $37,513 and the per capita income was $22,599.


The economy in Montpelier relies largely on the state government, which is the largest employer. In fact, some the state employs some 2,300 people in the city, which is remarkable considering how small Montpelier actually is. Service industry and retail are also significant sectors in the economy of the city, especially higher education, healthcare and insurance. The headquarters of National Life Insurance Company, one of the oldest and largest insurance companies in the USA, are still located in Montpelier.

Montpelier also owes much of its revenue to tourism, especially the ski tourism at Sugarbush and Mad River Glen resorts. It also receives a lot of visitors coming to watch the foliage change colors in the autumn.

The region of central Vermont, where Montpelier is located, is famous for its granite quarries and the industries deriving from them, such as the production of granite monuments. Food processing is another large sector.

Landmarks and Culture of Montpelier

The State House with its golden dome is one of the most important landmarks in Montpelier. Other places of interest include Supreme Court Building, Green Mount Cemetery, Hubbard Park and Montpelier City Hall. Nearby towns also have major attractions, such as the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury and the town of Cabot, famous for the Cabot cheddar cheese.

Notable cultural institutions in the city include Montpelier Theatre Guild, T.W. Wood Gallery and Arts Center, Vermont Historical Society Museum, Montpelier Chamber Orchestra Society, Vermont College Art Center and The Artisans Hand Gallery.


Montpelier has only one elementary school, one middle school and one high school. The city is home to Vermont College, New England Culinary Institute, Vermont College of Fine Arts and it also has a campus of the Community College of Vermont.


As for the roads and transportation, Montpelier is one of the most accessible towns and cities in Vermont. Major highways include I-89, U.S. Route 2, Vermont Route 12 and U.S. Route 302.

Amtrak provides daily passenger rail service to Montpelier on the company’s Vermonter route, while the bus service is provided by Greyhound Bus Lines. Local buses are operated by Green Mountain Transit Authority.

The closest commercial airport is the Burlington International Airport, located 35 miles northwest of Montpelier.

Montpelier is located on two walking and cycling paths: Cross Vermont Trail and Central Vermont Regional Path.

Statistical data for the Montpelier city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
7,36293.72 %
Black or African American alone
791.01 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
230.29 %
Asian alone
1712.18 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
20.03 %
Some Other Race alone
340.43 %
Two or More races
1842.34 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
7,68997.89 %
Hispanic or Latino
1662.11 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
7,68997.89 %
White alone
7,24994.28 %
Black or African American alone
740.96 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
180.23 %
Asian alone
1682.18 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
20.03 %
Some Other Race alone
90.12 %
Two or More races
1692.20 %
Hispanic or Latino
1662.11 %
White alone
11368.07 %
Black or African American alone
53.01 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
53.01 %
Asian alone
31.81 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
00.00 %
Some Other Race alone
2515.06 %
Two or More races
159.04 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
1,86849.34 %
Husband-wife family
1,35972.75 %
Other family
50927.25 %
Male householder, no wife present
13827.11 %
Female householder, no husband present
37172.89 %
Nonfamily households
1,91850.66 %
Householder living alone
1,55280.92 %
Householder not living alone
36619.08 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Montpelier city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Montpelier city center coordinates

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Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Montpelier city center


  • College Hall [0.81 mi] [1.31 km]
  • Wood Art Gallery [0.8 mi] [1.29 km]
  • Vermont College Division of Norwich University Gary Memorial Library [0.75 mi] [1.2 km]
  • Montpelier Fire and Ambulance Department [0.51 mi] [0.82 km]
  • Montpelier City Hall [0.46 mi] [0.75 km]
  • Vermont Historical Society Library [0.59 mi] [0.94 km]
  • Vermont Historical Society Museum and Pavilion [0.59 mi] [0.94 km]
  • Washington County Arts Council [0.47 mi] [0.76 km]
  • Washington County Courthouse [0.47 mi] [0.76 km]
  • Vermont Agency of Transportation Librayr [0.6 mi] [0.97 km]
  • Vermont State Office Building [0.6 mi] [0.97 km]
  • Kellogg Hubbard Public Library [0.37 mi] [0.6 km]
  • Vermont State Library [0.49 mi] [0.79 km]
  • Vermont State Supreme Court [0.5 mi] [0.81 km]
  • Vermont State Capitol [0.52 mi] [0.84 km]
  • Vermont State Archives Library [0.68 mi] [1.1 km]


  • Green Mount Cemetery [1.37 mi] [2.21 km]
  • Colby Cemetery [2.61 mi] [4.21 km]
  • Elm Street Cemetery [0.16 mi] [0.25 km]
  • Saint Augustine Cemetery [0.4 mi] [0.65 km]
  • Bennett Cemetery [3.3 mi] [5.32 km]
  • Cutler Cemetery [0.89 mi] [1.43 km]
  • Quake Cemetery [3.59 mi] [5.78 km]
  • Tinkham Cemetery [3.54 mi] [5.69 km]


  • Shepherd of the Hill Church [1.16 mi] [1.87 km]
  • Saint Jacob of Alaska Orthodox Church [0.5 mi] [0.8 km]
  • Christs Church [0.52 mi] [0.84 km]
  • Bethany United Church of Christ [0.4 mi] [0.65 km]
  • Trinity United Methodist Church [0.36 mi] [0.58 km]
  • Unitarian Church of Montpelier [0.38 mi] [0.61 km]
  • First Church of Christ Scientist [0.69 mi] [1.12 km]
  • Resurrection Baptist Church [0.23 mi] [0.37 km]
  • The Old Meetinghouse Church [2.48 mi] [4 km]


  • City of Montpelier [0.05 mi] [0.08 km]


  • Interchange 8 [1.63 mi] [2.62 km]


  • Lane Dam [0.14 mi] [0.22 km]


  • Montpelier Elks Country Club [1.57 mi] [2.53 km]
  • Green Valley Campground [3.46 mi] [5.56 km]
  • Montpelier Municipal Swimming Pool [0.73 mi] [1.18 km]


  • Montpelier Historic District [0.44 mi] [0.71 km]
  • Hubbard Park [0.29 mi] [0.47 km]
  • Montpelier Recreational Field [0.85 mi] [1.36 km]

Populated Place

  • Montpelier Junction [1.91 mi] [3.08 km]
  • Montpelier [0.48 mi] [0.77 km]

Post Office

  • Montpelier Post Office [0.48 mi] [0.78 km]


  • Family Center of Washington County [0.83 mi] [1.34 km]
  • Vermont College T W Gallery and Arts Center [0.8 mi] [1.29 km]
  • New England Culinary Institute Admission Office [0.75 mi] [1.2 km]
  • Vermont Institute for Science Math and Technology Dillingham Hall [0.72 mi] [1.16 km]
  • Vermont Consultants for Language and Learning Incorporated [0.71 mi] [1.14 km]
  • New School of Montpelier [0.7 mi] [1.13 km]
  • Montpelier Public Schools [0.64 mi] [1.03 km]
  • Monteverdi Music School [0.63 mi] [1.02 km]
  • Saint Michael School [0.63 mi] [1.02 km]
  • Union Elementary School [0.46 mi] [0.75 km]
  • Montpelier High School [0.87 mi] [1.39 km]
  • Green Mountain School [0.7 mi] [1.12 km]
  • New England Culinary Institute [0.69 mi] [1.12 km]
  • Main Street Middle School [0.25 mi] [0.41 km]
  • Turtle Island Children's Center [0.96 mi] [1.55 km]
  • Woodbury College [1 mi] [1.61 km]


  • Blanchard Brook [1.21 mi] [1.95 km]
  • Dog River [1.61 mi] [2.59 km]
  • North Branch Winooski River [0.6 mi] [0.96 km]
  • Sunny Brook [2.89 mi] [4.65 km]
  • Jones Brook [3.29 mi] [5.29 km]
  • Bennett Brook [3.17 mi] [5.1 km]


  • Dewey Hill [0.91 mi] [1.46 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
East MontpelierE Montpelier05651
East MontpelierEast Montpelier05651
MontpelierDept Motor Vehicles05603
MontpelierEast Montpelier Center05602
MontpelierGould Hill05602
MontpelierJones Brook05602
MontpelierMiddlesex Center05602
MontpelierMiddlesex Ctr05602
MontpelierMontpelier05620, 05633, 05601, 05609, 05604, 05602, 05603
MontpelierMontpelier Jct05602
MontpelierMontpelier Junction05602
MontpelierNational Life Ins05604
MontpelierState Of Vermont05633, 05620, 05609
North MontpelierN Montpelier05666
North MontpelierNo Montpelier05666
North MontpelierNorth Montpelier05666

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