Shrewsbury, Vermont

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Shrewsbury, Vermont
The historic Laurel Glen Mausoleum in Shrewsbury
The historic Laurel Glen Mausoleum in Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury, Vermont
Shrewsbury, Vermont
Coordinates: 43°31′33″N 72°51′18″W / 43.52583°N 72.85500°W / 43.52583; -72.85500Coordinates: 43°31′33″N 72°51′18″W / 43.52583°N 72.85500°W / 43.52583; -72.85500
CountryUnited States
 • Total50.2 sq mi (130.0 km2)
 • Land50.1 sq mi (129.6 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
1,762 ft (537 m)
 • Total1,056
 • Density21/sq mi (8.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)802
FIPS code50-65275[1]
GNIS feature ID1462210[2]

Shrewsbury is a town in Rutland County, Vermont, United States. The town was named for the Earl of Shrewsbury.[3] The population was 1,056 at the 2010 census.[4]

Shrewsbury was the home of the late U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords. In 1986/87, the town received worldwide attention from the media, when a moose spent 76 days unsuccessfully courting a local farmer's cow.[5] A book, A Moose for Jessica was written about the story.

Local culture[edit]

There are several local businesses, including a restaurant called Rustic Rooster, a hair salon (Cuttings In The 'Ville), a Ford dealership (Stewart Ford), its first ever Real Estate Office (Evergreen Realty of Vermont)along with a Maple Syrup / Grassfed Beef Farm with a B & B (Smith Maple Crest Farm) located in its center and a number of small businesses. However, the vast majority of citizens work outside of the town, many in nearby Rutland.

The town has a small elementary school (Shrewsbury Mountain School), and the high school students attend Mill River Union High School in Clarendon.

The meetinghouse, located in Shrewsbury Center, houses the community church and is host to activities such as a talent show and contra dances. The fire department is made up of volunteers and is located in Cuttingsville. There is also a small volunteer library.

The town has a very low crime rate, with only occasional cases of vandalism or burglary. There were no murders in Shrewsbury since the 1880s until 2016.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.2 square miles (130 km2), of which 50.1 square miles (130 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20141,033[7]−2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,108 people, 426 households, and 322 families residing in the town. The population density was 22.1 people per square mile (8.5/km2). There were 506 housing units at an average density of 10.1 per square mile (3.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.29% White, 0.18% African American, 0.27% Asian, 0.90% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 426 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 32.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $48,472, and the median income for a family was $51,681. Males had a median income of $37,656 versus $25,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,042. About 2.2% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable person[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 Shrewsbury, Vermont". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
  4. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Shrewsbury town, Vermont". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  5. ^ LA Times January 10, 1987
  6. ^ . Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. February 17, 2016 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)