Weston, Vermont

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Weston, Vermont
Town
Weston, Vermont
Weston, Vermont
Coordinates: 43°18′N 72°47′W / 43.300°N 72.783°W / 43.300; -72.783Coordinates: 43°18′N 72°47′W / 43.300°N 72.783°W / 43.300; -72.783
Country United States
State Vermont
County Windsor
Chartered 1799
Area
 • Total 35.2 sq mi (91.1 km2)
 • Land 35.0 sq mi (90.6 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 1,581 ft (482 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 566
 • Density 16/sq mi (6.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05161
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-82000[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462255[2]
Website www.westonvt.com

Weston is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, United States. The population was 566 at the 2010 census.[3] Home to the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, it includes the villages of Weston and the Island.

History[edit]

View of Weston village in 1908

Weston was originally the western part of Andover called West Town. Because Markham and Terrible mountains blocked travel between the town's halves, it was set off and incorporated on October 26, 1799, by the legislature. Set among the Green Mountains, the terrain is very rough and mountainous, but the intervales provided good soil for agriculture and pasturage. A second village grew at the canal cut to divert the West River to power watermills. Called the Island, it developed into a small mill town.[4]

By 1859, when Weston's population was 950, industries included ten sawmills, a gristmill, two tanneries, one wood-turning mill, one machine shop, one axe shop, one carding machine, in addition to shops for blacksmiths, carpenters, tinsmiths, wheelwrights and shoemakers.[5] Vermont's oldest professional theatre, the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, was founded in 1935. The Vermont Country Store, a catalogue, retail, and e-commerce business, was established here in 1946 by Vrest and Ellen Orton.[6]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.2 square miles (91.1 km2), of which 35.0 square miles (90.6 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2), or 0.57%, is water.[7] The West River flows through the town.[8]

Weston is crossed by Vermont Route 100.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 630 people, 283 households, and 174 families residing in the town. The population density was 18.0 people per square mile (6.9/km2). There were 537 housing units at an average density of 15.3 per square mile (5.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.98% White, 0.32% African American, 0.95% Native American, 0.63% Asian, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.

There were 283 households out of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the town the population was spread out with 18.6% under the age of 18, 3.0% from 18 to 24, 19.0% from 25 to 44, 36.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 110.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $44,792, and the median income for a family was $57,500. Males had a median income of $38,250 versus $24,167 for females. The per capita income for the town was $36,546. About 2.5% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.

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