Norton, Vermont

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Norton, Vermont
Located in Essex County, Vermont
Located in Essex County, Vermont
Location of Vermont with the U.S.A.
Location of Vermont with the U.S.A.
Coordinates: 44°58′13″N 71°49′20″W / 44.97028°N 71.82222°W / 44.97028; -71.82222Coordinates: 44°58′13″N 71°49′20″W / 44.97028°N 71.82222°W / 44.97028; -71.82222
Country United States
State Vermont
County Essex
 • Total 39.4 sq mi (102.0 km2)
 • Land 39.0 sq mi (101.1 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation 1,319 ft (402 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 214
 • Density 5.5/sq mi (2.1/km2)
 • Households 91
 • Families 51
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05907
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-52750[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462165[2]

Norton is a town in Essex County, Vermont, United States. The population was 214 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Berlin, NH–VT Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is located on the Canadian border, immediately south of Stanhope, Quebec.


From 1970 until 1994, Norton was the location of the Earth Peoples Park, a "liberated" 592-acre piece of land that was open to anyone who wanted to live there, free of charge. In 1994 it was taken over by the state of Vermont and is now Black Turn Brook State Forest.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.4 square miles (102.0 km2), of which 39.0 square miles (101.1 km2) is land and 0.3 square mile (0.8 km2) (0.81%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 214 people, 91 households, and 51 families residing in the town. The population density was 5.5 people per square mile (2.1/km2). There were 252 housing units at an average density of 6.5 per square mile (2.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.73% White, 2.34% Native American, and 0.93% from two or more races.

There were 91 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 3.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 116.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,000, and the median income for a family was $25,000. Males had a median income of $32,188 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,506. None of the families and 14.6% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no one under 18, and 21.1% of those over 64.

See also[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. ^ Rod Clarke (August 5, 2005). "Free land for free people: Looking back at Earth People’s Park". Vermont Guardian.