Weston, Vermont

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Weston, Vermont
Village Store, Weston, Vermont.jpg
Location in Windsor County and the state of Vermont.
Location in Windsor County and the state of Vermont.
Weston, Vermont is located in the United States
Weston, Vermont
Weston, Vermont
Location in the United States
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
CountryUnited States
StateVermont
CountyWindsor
Chartered1799
Area
 • Total35.2 sq mi (91.1 km2)
 • Land35.0 sq mi (90.6 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation
1,581 ft (482 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total623
 • Density18/sq mi (6.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
05161
Area code(s)802
FIPS code50-82000[1]
GNIS feature ID1462255[2]
Websitewww.westonvt.comwww.westonvt.org

Weston is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, United States. The population was 623 at the 2020 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 Mountain 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]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810629
182089041.5%
18309729.2%
18401,0326.2%
18501,85179.4%
1860932−49.6%
1870931−0.1%
18809876.0%
1890864−12.5%
1900756−12.5%
1910632−16.4%
1920436−31.0%
1930411−5.7%
194045711.2%
19504682.4%
1960442−5.6%
197050714.7%
198062723.7%
1990488−22.2%
200063029.1%
2010566−10.2%
202062310.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 566 people, 283 households, and 174 families residing in the town. The population density was 16.0 people per square mile (6.2/km2). There were 573 housing units at an average density of 16.3 per square mile (5.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.1% White, 0.4% African American, 0% Native American, 0.7% Asian, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2% of the population

There were 213 households, out of which 19.4%[11] had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples[11] living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.4% 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 13.8% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 13.6% from 25 to 44, 34.8% from 45 to 64, and 33.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.2 males.[12]

The median income for a household in the town was $72,692, and the median income for a family was $84,821. Males had a median income of $38,854 versus $22,361 for females.[13] 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.

Government officials[edit]

As of 2017, Weston's government officials are:[14]

Town Moderator[edit]

  • Wayne Granquist

Select Board Members[edit]

  • Denis Benson (Chair)
  • Jim Linville (Vice Chair)
  • Ann Fuji'i
  • Bruce Downer
  • Charles Goodwin

Sites of interest[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Census website". 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. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Weston town, Windsor County, Vermont". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  4. ^ Hayward's New England Gazetteer of 1839
  5. ^ Austin J. Coolidge & John B. Mansfield, A History and Description of New England; Boston, Massachusetts 1859
  6. ^ Virtual Vermont -- Weston, Vermont
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Weston town, Windsor County, Vermont". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  8. ^ DeLorme (1996). Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-016-9
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Weston town, Windsor County, Vermont". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Weston Vermont Occupancy Characteristics". United States Census Bureau. 2010. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  12. ^ "Weston VT Age Groups and Sex". United States Census Bureau. 2010. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  13. ^ "Weston VT INCOME IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS (IN 2017 INFLATION-ADJUSTED DOLLARS)". United States Census Bureau. 2017. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  14. ^ "Village of Weston Government". Village of Weston. 2018.
  15. ^ Facebook/Syd Straw page

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