Eden, Vermont

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Eden, Vermont
Eden, Vermont
Eden, Vermont
Coordinates: 44°42′41″N 72°32′25″W / 44.71139°N 72.54028°W / 44.71139; -72.54028Coordinates: 44°42′41″N 72°32′25″W / 44.71139°N 72.54028°W / 44.71139; -72.54028
Country United States
State Vermont
County Lamoille
 • Total 64.3 sq mi (166.5 km2)
 • Land 63.6 sq mi (164.7 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
Elevation 1,148 ft (350 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,323
 • Density 18.1/sq mi (7.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 05652-05653
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-23500[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462088[2]
Website www.edenvt.org

Eden is a town in Lamoille County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,323 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 64.3 square miles (166.5 km2), of which 63.6 square miles (164.7 km2) is land and 0.7 square mile (1.8 km2) (1.10%) is water. The Babcock Nature Preserve, a geologically significant tract of land used by Johnson State College and students of other Vermont State Colleges is located in Eden. The preserve is used for teaching courses in geology, field biology, and field ornithology.

Eden Notch is located in Eden on Route 100.



The Essex-Orleans Senate district includes the town of Eden, as well as parts or all of Essex, Orleans, Franklin and Lamoille counties. It is represented in the Vermont Senate by Vincent Illuzzi (R) and Robert A. Starr (D).


Belvidere Mountain[edit]

An asbestos mine on Belvidere Mountain which operated from 1936 to 1993 left an estimated 3,500,000 cubic yards (2,700,000 m3) of mill tailings. In 2008, the state warned residents of Eden and nearby towns that there was a "health risk" for people living within a 10 miles (16 km) radius of the mine. Aboveground mill tailings were estimated at 16,000,000 cubic yards (12,000,000 m3).[3] In April 2009, the Vermont Department of Health released a revised study which found that all of the deaths related to the asbestos mine were caused by occupational exposure. The report also concluded that people living near the mines had no increased risk of asbestos-related illness vis-a-vis people living anywhere else in Vermont.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,152 people, 409 households, and 312 families residing in the town. The population density was 18.1 people per square mile (7.0/km2). There were 582 housing units at an average density of 9.2 per square mile (3.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.57% White, 0.17% African American, 1.30% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.43% Pacific Islander, and 2.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.

There were 409 households out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were couples living together and joined in either marriage or civil union, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 104.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,417, and the median income for a family was $35,380. Males had a median income of $27,717 versus $21,705 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,391. About 10.3% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.1% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Lefebvre, Paul (December 1, 2008). Residents shrug off asbestos findings. the Chronicle. 
  4. ^ http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/asbestos/vagm-healthstudy.aspx