Jericho, Vermont

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Jericho, Vermont
Town
Town hall in Jericho, Vermont
Town hall in Jericho, Vermont
Jericho, Vermont
Jericho, Vermont
Coordinates: 44°28′53″N 72°57′54″W / 44.48139°N 72.96500°W / 44.48139; -72.96500
Country United States
State Vermont
County Chittenden
Area
 • Total 35.5 sq mi (91.8 km2)
 • Land 35.4 sq mi (91.7 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 121 ft (37 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,015
 • Density 141.7/sq mi (54.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05465
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-36700[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462128[2]
Website www.jerichovt.gov

Jericho is a town in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. The population was 5,009 at the 2010 census. It was named after the ancient city of Jericho.[3]

Geography[edit]

Lee River in Jericho in 2008.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.5 square miles (91.8 km2), of which 35.4 square miles (91.7 km2) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.1 km2) (0.14%) is water.

Two towns[edit]

The town of Jericho has a very close bond with the town of Underhill, Vermont. The area has four distinct village areas. The historic Old Red Mill, a local architectural marvel, and home of the Jericho Historical Society[4] stands impressively in the Jericho Corners village on Route 15, an area that extends from the Browns River crossing near Joe's Snack Bar eastward to the post office and the Jericho Elementary School. Jericho Corners is also the location of the Galusha House, home of Truman Galusha, an imposing brick Federal-style house built in 1790 and like Jericho's famous Old Red Mill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places,[5] Jericho's second village, Jericho Center, on Browns Trace Road, is home to several historic buildings, churches, and Jericho Center Country Store, Vermont's oldest continuously running general store. The Jericho Center Village is also known for its picturesque Village Green, or "Common," a typical park-like center of a Vermont village, surrounded by historic buildings.

Next, half of the Underhill Flats area on Route 15 actually sits in Jericho. This area features the multi-use Mills Riverside Park and two general stores (Jolly & Jacob's). Underhill Center has two equally outstanding general stores as well as the huge St. Thomas Catholic Church, a small postal office, and access to Underhill State Park, which is a gateway to world-class hiking, snowshoeing, biking, and many other outdoor activities. Furthermore, Jericho is home to the Chittenden East Wolverines of the Northern Vermont Youth Football League and one of Vermont's oldest and largest Boy Scout Troops, Troop 627 as well as very active Cub Scout Pack, Pack 621.

Schools[edit]

Students who grow up in Jericho will attend Jericho Elementary School or Underhill ID Elementary School from kindergarten through fourth grade, after which they attend Browns River Middle School, which teach grades five through eight. There is one high school in Jericho, Mount Mansfield Union High School, which serves students from Jericho, Underhill, Richmond, Huntington, Bolton, Jonesville, and Westford.

Students from Mount Mansfield Union High School are allowed to apply to a vocational school for their junior and senior years. They can apply to either The Center for Technology, Essex (CTE), or the Burlington Technical Center (BTC). CTE is located in Essex Junction and is part of the larger Essex High School (EHS). It offers many different classes from Computer Animation and Webpage Design or CAWD to Child Care. At BTC, students are also offered many different vocational courses.

MMU had 977 students enrolled as of December 15, 2010.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,015 people, 1,751 households, and 1,402 families residing in the town. The population density was 141.7 people per square mile (54.7/km2). There were 1,774 housing units at an average density of 50.1 per square mile (19.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.45% White, 0.68% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.

There were 1,751 households out of which 45.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 14.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town the population was spread out with 30.9% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $65,375, and the median income for a family was $72,500. Males had a median income of $49,375 versus $30,488 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,941. About 3.6% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

  • Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley (1865–1931), an American farmer who photographed over five thousand snow crystals, was born and lived in Jericho. Bentley's fine photographic works are presented at The Old Red Mill & Museum in the center of town.
  • Anson Rood, Wisconsin State Assemblyman and businessman, was born in Jericho.

References[edit]

  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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 169. 
  4. ^ Jericho Historical Society, http://www.jerichohistoricalsociety.org/
  5. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - VERMONT (VT), Chittenden County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved October 27, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 44°28′53″N 72°57′54″W / 44.48139°N 72.96500°W / 44.48139; -72.96500