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Berkshire, Vermont
The West Berkshire School
The West Berkshire School
Location in Franklin County and the state of Vermont.
Location in Franklin County and the state of Vermont.
Country United States
State Vermont
County Franklin
Communities Berkshire
East Berkshire
West Berkshire
Area
 • Total 42.2 sq mi (109.4 km2)
 • Land 42.0 sq mi (108.8 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation
669 ft (204 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,692
 • Density 40/sq mi (15.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
05447
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-05425
GNIS feature ID 1462041

Berkshire is a town in Franklin County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,692 at the 2010 census, up from 1,388 at the 2000 census. It contains the unincorporated village of East Berkshire.

Geography

Berkshire is located in northeastern Franklin County. Its northern boundary is the Canada–United States border.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.2 square miles (109.4 km2), of which 42.0 square miles (108.8 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km2), or 0.54%, is water. The Missisquoi River, a tributary of Lake Champlain, flows westward across the southeast corner of the town.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 172
1810 918 433.7%
1820 831 −9.5%
1830 1,308 57.4%
1840 1,818 39.0%
1850 1,955 7.5%
1860 1,890 −3.3%
1870 1,609 −14.9%
1880 1,596 −0.8%
1890 1,421 −11.0%
1900 1,326 −6.7%
1910 1,286 −3.0%
1920 1,299 1.0%
1930 1,234 −5.0%
1940 1,156 −6.3%
1950 1,063 −8.0%
1960 965 −9.2%
1970 931 −3.5%
1980 1,116 19.9%
1990 1,190 6.6%
2000 1,388 16.6%
2010 1,692 21.9%
2014 (est.) 1,716 1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,388 people, 495 households, and 376 families residing in the town. The population density was 32.9 people per square mile (12.7/km2). There were 550 housing units at an average density of 13.0 per square mile (5.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.55% White, 0.58% African American, 0.50% Native American, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

There were 495 households, out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,059, and the median income for a family was $40,833. Males had a median income of $29,688 versus $19,545 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,713. About 10.9% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 20.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Silas Barber, politician
  • Sereno W. Graves, politician
  • Henry Leavens, politician
  • Horace Rublee, journalist, newspaper editor, politician, and diplomat
  • Ray B. Thomas, college athlete and coach, officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps
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