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Charlotte, Vermont
Charlotte town hall
Charlotte town hall
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont.
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont.
Charlotte, Vermont is located in the United States
Charlotte, Vermont
Charlotte, Vermont
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Vermont
County Chittenden
Communities Cedar Beach
East Charlotte
Prindle Corners
West Charlotte
 • Total 50.3 sq mi (130.4 km2)
 • Land 41.3 sq mi (106.9 km2)
 • Water 9.1 sq mi (23.6 km2)
354 ft (108 m)
 • Total 3,912
 • Density 95/sq mi (36.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-13300
GNIS feature ID 1462068

Charlotte is a town in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. The town was named for Sofia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of Great Britain and wife of King George III. The population of the town was 3,912 at the 2020 census.


Charlotte is located in the southwest corner of Chittenden County. It is bordered to the north by the town of Shelburne, to the east by Hinesburg, to the southeast by Monkton in Addison County, and to the south by Ferrisburgh in Addison County. To the west the town extends to the New York/Vermont border in the middle of Lake Champlain. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.3 square miles (130.4 km2), of which 41.3 square miles (106.9 km2) is land and 9.1 square miles (23.6 km2), or 18.08%, is water.

Charlotte is home to 990-foot-high (300 m) Mount Philo, within the state's first and most frequently visited state park. The park was established in 1924 and is open seasonally.


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Westward view of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain from Charlotte's Route 7 Scenic Overlay district.
Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 635
1800 1,231 93.9%
1810 1,679 36.4%
1820 1,526 −9.1%
1830 1,702 11.5%
1840 1,620 −4.8%
1850 1,634 0.9%
1860 1,589 −2.8%
1870 1,430 −10.0%
1880 1,342 −6.2%
1890 1,240 −7.6%
1900 1,254 1.1%
1910 1,163 −7.3%
1920 1,160 −0.3%
1930 1,089 −6.1%
1940 1,082 −0.6%
1950 1,215 12.3%
1960 1,271 4.6%
1970 1,802 41.8%
1980 2,561 42.1%
1990 3,148 22.9%
2000 3,569 13.4%
2010 3,754 5.2%
2020 3,912 4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,569 people, 1,287 households, and 990 families residing in the town. The population density was 86.0 people per square mile (33.2/km2). There were 1,500 housing units at an average density of 36.2 per square mile (14.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.93% White, 0.20% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.45% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.

There were 1,287 households, out of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 29.7% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 30.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $62,313, and the median income for a family was $71,090. Males had a median income of $52,470 versus $35,156 for females. The per capita income for the town was $33,942. About 4.5% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Public transportation

Major highways

  • US 7.svg U.S. Route 7 runs north–south through the town.
  • Vermont F5.svg Vermont Route F-5 runs east–west from US Route 7 in West Charlotte to the Charlotte-Essex ferry dock.


Hourly ferry service between Essex, New York and Charlotte is provided by the Lake Champlain Transportation Company. Most years in the past decade, the ferry service has run year-round, with the exception of a few days of winter rough or ice-filled lake surface. A commuter bus, operating morning and evening, stops on US Route 7 at Ferry Road for transport to and from Burlington.


By 2022, it is anticipated that Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express train will make a stop at Vergennes, 11 miles to the south.

Covered Bridges in Charlotte
Quinlan's Covered Bridge over the Lewis Creek.
Seguin Covered Bridge on Roscoe Road in East Charlotte.

Notable people

  • John Dewey, American psychologist and educator
  • Lane Gibson, sound engineer
  • Wilfred Grenfell, medical humanitarian
  • Jeffrey Hollender, American businessperson
  • Melvin Kaplan, oboist and concert organizer
  • Dan Kiley, landscape architect
  • Abel E. Leavenworth, educator and soldier
  • Cyrus Pringle, botanist

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