Strafford, Vermont

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Strafford, Vermont
Town
Strafford Town House (1799)
Strafford Town House (1799)
Located in Orange County, Vermont
Located in Orange County, Vermont
Location of Vermont with the U.S.A.
Location of Vermont with the U.S.A.
Coordinates: 43°51′57″N 72°22′38″W / 43.86583°N 72.37722°W / 43.86583; -72.37722Coordinates: 43°51′57″N 72°22′38″W / 43.86583°N 72.37722°W / 43.86583; -72.37722
Country United States
State Vermont
County Orange
Chartered 1761
Area
 • Total 44.3 sq mi (114.8 km2)
 • Land 44.2 sq mi (114.5 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 930 ft (409 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,045
 • Density 12.3/sq mi (9.1/km2)
 • Households 420
 • Families 296
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05072
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-70675[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462220[2]
Website Strafford Official Town Website

Strafford is a town in Orange County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,045 at the 2000 census. The town of Strafford was created on August 12, 1761 by way of a royal charter which King George III of England issued to Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire. The town was named after the Earl of Strafford.[3]

Strafford was one of thirteen Vermont towns isolated by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.3 square miles (114.8 km2), of which 44.2 square miles (114.5 km2) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.3 km2) (0.25%) is water. The West Branch of the Ompompanoosuc River flows through the town.[5]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,045 people, 420 households, and 296 families residing in the town. The population density was 23.6 people per square mile (9.1/km2). There were 542 housing units at an average density of 12.3 per square mile (4.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.47% White, 0.19% African American, 0.29% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

There were 420 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,711, and the median income for a family was $52,596. Males had a median income of $31,481 versus $24,808 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,267. About 3.6% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.

Justin Smith Morrill, US Representative and Senator, known as the chief sponsor and author of the Land Grant College Acts was born in Strafford. His Gothic Revival Homestead is one of the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites. [1]

Notable people[edit]

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. ^ "Profile for Strafford, Vermont". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  4. ^ Floodwaters From Storm Isolate 13 Vermont Towns, The New York Times
  5. ^ DeLorme (1996). Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-016-9