Westfield, Vermont

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Westfield, Vermont
Town
Located in Orleans County, Vermont
Located in Orleans County, Vermont
Coordinates: 44°52′0″N 72°26′48″W / 44.86667°N 72.44667°W / 44.86667; -72.44667Coordinates: 44°52′0″N 72°26′48″W / 44.86667°N 72.44667°W / 44.86667; -72.44667
Country United States
State Vermont
County Orleans
Chartered May 15, 1780
Area
 • Total 40.2 sq mi (104.1 km2)
 • Land 40.2 sq mi (104.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 825 ft (542 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 503
 • Density 8.4/sq mi (4.8/km2)
 • Households 200
 • Families 141
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05874
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-80200[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462250[2]

Westfield is a town in Orleans County, Vermont United States. The population was 503 at the 2000 census. It is the least densely populated town in the county. The town was founded in 1780 and named after Rhode Island general and politician, William West, a supporter of Vermont statehood.

Westfield is home to the Monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a contemplative order of women, following the Benedictine rule.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.2 square miles (104.1 km2), all land.

Hazens Notch is located in town.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Westfield, Vermont
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
(18)
62
(17)
83
(28)
87
(31)
92
(33)
95
(35)
98
(37)
95
(35)
96
(36)
84
(29)
74
(23)
66
(19)
98
(37)
Average high °F (°C) 26
(−3)
31
(−1)
41
(5)
54
(12)
69
(21)
77
(25)
81
(27)
79
(26)
70
(21)
57
(14)
43
(6)
31
(−1)
54.9
(12.7)
Average low °F (°C) 6
(−14)
8
(−13)
19
(−7)
31
(−1)
43
(6)
52
(11)
57
(14)
55
(13)
47
(8)
37
(3)
27
(−3)
13
(−11)
32.9
(0.5)
Record low °F (°C) −38
(−39)
−38
(−39)
−32
(−36)
−2
(−19)
20
(−7)
28
(−2)
36
(2)
32
(0)
23
(−5)
0
(−18)
−7
(−22)
−40
(−40)
−40
(−40)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.96
(75.2)
2.16
(54.9)
2.96
(75.2)
2.93
(74.4)
3.67
(93.2)
3.93
(99.8)
4.19
(106.4)
4.18
(106.2)
3.76
(95.5)
3.45
(87.6)
3.47
(88.1)
3.12
(79.2)
40.78
(1,035.8)
Source: [4]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 503 people, 200 households, and 141 families residing in the town. The population density was 12.5 people per square mile (4.8/km2). There were 339 housing units at an average density of 8.4 per square mile (3.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.02% White, 0.40% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 2.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.59% of the population.

There were 200 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 31.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,021, and the median income for a family was $43,125. Males had a median income of $30,694 versus $21,042 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,098. About 6.1% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Notable people from Westfield[edit]

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