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|• Total||36.5 sq mi (94.5 km2)|
|• Land||36.3 sq mi (94.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|Elevation||1,663 ft (507 m)|
|• Density||21/sq mi (8.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||05350, 05352|
|GNIS feature ID||1462184|
Readsboro is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, United States. The town was named for John Reade, a landholder. The population was 763 at the 2010 census, a decrease of 46 from the previous census. It was 857 as of 1859. The hamlet of Heartwellville is in the northern part of Readsboro about 5 miles (8 km) up Route 100 from the hamlet of Readsboro.
Readsboro is in the southeast corner of Bennington County, bordered by the town of Monroe in Franklin County, Massachusetts, to the south, and by the towns of Whitingham and Wilmington in Windham County, Vermont, to the east. The Bennington County towns of Searsburg (north), Woodford (northwest), and Stamford (west) also border Readsboro. The main settlement in town, also named Readsboro, is located in the southeast part of the town, along the Deerfield River, a tributary of the Connecticut River.
Vermont Route 100 passes through Readsboro, including the town center, and leads east to Jacksonville. Vermont Route 8 intersects VT 100 in Heartwellville in the northwestern part of the town and leads north to Vermont Route 9 in Searsburg. VT 8 and VT 100 together lead southwest through Stamford to the Massachusetts state line near North Adams.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.5 square miles (94.5 km2), of which 36.3 square miles (94.1 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.41%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 809 people, 321 households, and 225 families residing in the town. The population density was 22.2 people per square mile (8.6/km2). There were 466 housing units at an average density of 12.8 per square mile (4.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.76% White, 0.49% Native American, 0.25% Asian, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.
There were 321 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were couples living together and joined in either marriage or civil union, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the town the age distribution of the population shows 24.6% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $35,000, and the median income for a family was $48,214. Males had a median income of $33,056 versus $21,964 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,911. None of the families and 7.0% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 9.2% of those over 64.
- Throope Chapman, one of the Readsboro founders
- Welcome Chapman, early Mormon leader, grandson of Throope Chapman
- Wayne Winterrowd (1941–2010), horticulturist and author known for his lush gardens in southern Vermont
- Nick Zammuto, musician and founding member of The Books
- Gianpaolo Zeni, En Merica! L'emigrazione della gente di Magasa e Valvestino in America, Il Chiese, Storo 2005.
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