Milton, Vermont

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Milton, Vermont
Town
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont.
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont.
Milton, Vermont is located in USA
Milton, Vermont
Milton, Vermont
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 44°37′53″N 73°8′13″W / 44.63139°N 73.13694°W / 44.63139; -73.13694Coordinates: 44°37′53″N 73°8′13″W / 44.63139°N 73.13694°W / 44.63139; -73.13694
Country United States
State Vermont
County Chittenden
Area
 • Total 60.9 sq mi (157.7 km2)
 • Land 51.5 sq mi (133.3 km2)
 • Water 9.4 sq mi (24.4 km2)
Elevation 121 ft (37 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 10,352
 • Density 201.0/sq mi (77.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05468
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-45250[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462149[2]
Website www.miltonvt.org

Milton is a New England town in Chittenden County, Vermont, in the United States. The population was 10,352 at the 2010 census.[3] According to local legend, the town was named for the English poet John Milton, but the name most likely originated from William FitzWilliam, 4th Earl FitzWilliam, who held the title Viscount Milton.[4] The town is the 7th most populous municipality in the state of Vermont, after Burlington, the unified town of Essex, South Burlington, Colchester, Bennington, and Brattleboro.

Milton has a municipal building, school system, library, police force, fire department, rescue squad, several churches, and both civic and social organizations.[5]

The town is home to the warehouse for Gardener's Supply[6] and a manufacturing facility for Husky Injection Molding Systems.[7][8]

Auto racing oval Catamount Stadium was located in Milton and many drivers, including Kevin Lepage, raced here during their racing careers.[9]

Milton was a filming location for some of the scenes in the Farrelly brothers movie Me, Myself & Irene starring Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger.[10]

History[edit]

Milton was chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire on June 8, 1763. In February 1782, the town was first settled by William Irish, Leonard Owen, Amos Mansfield, Absalom Taylor, and Thomas Dewey. There were approximately 300 settlers living in Milton by 1795. It was necessary to build a new meeting place, as meeting in private homes would no longer suffice. The Town House was built in 1849. In 1878, it was destroyed by a fire. Early settlers in Milton made most of their income from lumber and potash until 1840 when dairy became popular and butter and cheese were sold. Eventually, milk was also shipped to Boston and New York.[5]

Geography[edit]

Milton is located in northern Chittenden County, bordered by Franklin County to the north and Grand Isle County to the northwest, across an arm of Lake Champlain. The town includes the community of Milton in the east, as well as the communities of Cozy Corner, West View, Checkerberry Village, and West Milton from east to west across the center of the town. The Lamoille River flows from northeast to southwest across the town, entering Lake Champlain at the town's southwest corner. U.S. Route 2 crosses the east arm of Lake Champlain to Grand Isle from Sand Point, just north of the Lamoille River delta. The Sand Bar State Park is located along Route 2.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Milton has a total area of 60.9 square miles (157.7 km2), of which 51.4 square miles (133.1 km2) is land and 9.5 square miles (24.6 km2), or 15.62%, is water.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 282
1800 786 178.7%
1810 1,548 96.9%
1820 1,746 12.8%
1830 2,100 20.3%
1840 2,136 1.7%
1850 2,451 14.7%
1860 1,963 −19.9%
1870 2,062 5.0%
1880 2,006 −2.7%
1890 1,585 −21.0%
1900 1,804 13.8%
1910 1,648 −8.6%
1920 1,523 −7.6%
1930 1,663 9.2%
1940 1,750 5.2%
1950 1,874 7.1%
1960 2,022 7.9%
1970 4,495 122.3%
1980 6,829 51.9%
1990 8,404 23.1%
2000 9,479 12.8%
2010 10,352 9.2%
Est. 2014 10,667 [11] 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,479 people, 3,333 households, and 2,609 families residing in the town. The population density was 184.2 people per square mile (71.1/km2). There were 3,505 housing units at an average density of 68.1 per square mile (26.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.10% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 3,333 households. Of these, 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 15.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 35.8% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $49,379, and the median income for a family was $50,972. Males had a median income of $36,149 versus $27,256 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,048. About 4.2% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Public safety[edit]

In 2008, property crimes increased by 54.9%. The number of incidents for all crime was 706.[13]

Transportation[edit]

The Chittenden County Transportation Authority provides weekday commuter bus service. Stops include the Milton Town Office Park & Ride and the Chimney Corner Park & Ride.[14]

Major highways[edit]

Education[edit]

Milton Elementary School (MES):

  • In May 2012, the Odyssey of the Mind team participated in the World Finals [15]
  • In April 2013, a group of students and teachers from the elementary school were invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in planting the kitchen garden.[16] This was, in part, related to the initiatives the school food service director Steve Marinelli implemented that support Let's Move!, as well as his blog.[17]

Milton Middle School (MMS):

Milton High School (MHS):

  • The Theatre Company produces a musical in the fall and a one-act play in the spring. The one-act is presented at the regional level. Milton's has been chosen to advance to the state level multiple times where it then competes to be selected as one of two schools to represent Vermont at the New England Drama Festival showcase. Milton has done so in 2002 (The Drowned and the Saved),[20] 2004 (Women and Wallace),[21][22] 2011 (MacBeth),[23] 2012 (A Midsummer Night's Dream),[24] 2014 (Oedipus Rex),[25][26] and 2015 (Beowulf).[27]

Milton hosted the New England Drama Festival in 2003.[28][29]

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. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Milton town, Chittenden County, Vermont". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ The Vermont Encyclopedia, page 206.
  5. ^ a b [1] Archived December 3, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Lamdin, Courtney (2012-09-20). "Gardener's Supply now shipping from Milton". Milton Independent (Milton, VT). Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Husky Injection Molding Systems". Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  8. ^ Lamdin, Courtney (2014-05-07). "Husky's energy efficiency praised". Milton Independent (Milton, VT). Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  9. ^ Haley, Tom (2005-07-01). "Looking back at Milton's Catamount Stadium". Rutland Herald (Rutland, VT). Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  10. ^ "Me, Myself & Irene (2000) Filming Locations". 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ Sutkowsi, Matt (12 June 2009). "Property crimes increase in county". Burlington, Vermont: Burlington Free Press. pp. 1B. 
  14. ^ [2] CCTA Bus Route and Schedule Information
  15. ^ "World Finals 2012 May 23rd". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  16. ^ Curtis, Colleen (2013-04-04). "Students Join First Lady Michelle Obama to Plant the White House Kitchen Garden". Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  17. ^ Curtiss, Paul (2014-05-17). "Steve Marinelli Changing Kids, One Fry at a Time". vermontpsychology.org. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  18. ^ "World Finals 2010 May 26th". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  19. ^ "World Finals 2015 May 20th". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  20. ^ "Reflections: New England Drama Festival 2002" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  21. ^ Mack, Sharon Kiley (2004-04-26). "Fairfield hosts drama festival; New England event draws hundreds". Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME). Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  22. ^ "New England Drama Festival Magic 2004 The Theatrical Journey" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  23. ^ "New England High School Theater Festival: Andover High School readies for this weekend's event". Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  24. ^ "New England Drama Festival 2012" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  25. ^ Kelley, Julie (Reporter) (2014-04-14). Milton drama class sets the bar with "Oedipus Rex". WCAX Television. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  26. ^ Lamdin, Courtney (2014-04-10). "'Oedipus' elevates drama troupe". Milton Independent (Milton, VT). Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  27. ^ Lamdin, Courtney (2015-04-08). "'Beowulf' Bests One-Acts". Milton Independent (Milton, VT). Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  28. ^ "New England Drama Festival Host Sites". Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  29. ^ "New England Drama Festival 2003" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  30. ^ 'Proceedings of the State Bar Association of Wisconsin 1907,' Wisconsin Bar Association: 1907, Biographical Sketch of Edwin Eustace Bryant, pg. 260-264

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