Vershire, Vermont

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Vershire, Vermont
Town
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°56′54″N 72°19′15″W / 43.94833°N 72.32083°W / 43.94833; -72.32083Coordinates: 43°56′54″N 72°19′15″W / 43.94833°N 72.32083°W / 43.94833; -72.32083
Country United States
State Vermont
County Orange
Chartered 1781
Area
 • Total 36.5 sq mi (94.6 km2)
 • Land 36.5 sq mi (94.5 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,200 ft (495 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 629
 • Density 17.2/sq mi (6.7/km2)
 • Households 261
 • Families 174
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05079
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-74950[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462235[2]

Vershire is a town in Orange County, Vermont, United States, created under Vermont Charter of August 3, 1781. The population was 629 at the 2000 census. The name Vershire is a combination of Vermont and New Hampshire.[3]

History[edit]

The town and a village were renamed "Ely" in 1880 after the Ely Mining Company, which mined copper. This changed in 1883, when 200 miners seized the plant demanding back wages. Five companies of the National Guard were called out to suppress the miners.[4] It is the home of The Mountain School of Milton Academy, a selective independent semester program that provides academically motivated high school juniors from across the country the opportunity to live and work on a farm.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.5 square miles (94.6 km2), of which 36.5 square miles (94.5 km2) is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km2) (0.05%) is water. The headwaters of the Ompompanoosuc River are located in the town.[6]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 629 people, 261 households, and 174 families residing in the town. The population density was 17.2 people per square mile (6.7/km2). There were 378 housing units at an average density of 10.4 per square mile (4.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.25% White, 0.32% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.48% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.

There were 261 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were couples living together and joined in either marriage or civil union, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,132, and the median income for a family was $40,714. Males had a median income of $31,833 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,161. About 11.4% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4% of those under age 18 and 18.6% of those age 65 or over.

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. ^ Temple, Robert D. (2009). Edge Effects: The Border-Name Places. iUniverse. p. 8. 
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  6. ^ DeLorme (1996). Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-016-9

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