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Jay, Vermont
Town
Located in Orleans County, Vermont
Located in Orleans County, Vermont
Location of Vermont with the U.S.A.
Location of Vermont with the U.S.A.
Country United States
State Vermont
County Orleans
Chartered November 7, 1792
Organized March 29, 1828
Area
 • Total 34.0 sq mi (88.0 km2)
 • Land 33.9 sq mi (87.9 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 922 ft (469 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 521
 • Density 12.6/sq mi (4.8/km2)
 • Households 158
 • Families 115
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05859
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-36325
GNIS feature ID 1462127

Jay is one of the northernmost towns in Orleans County, Vermont, United States, located on the Canada–US border. The population was 521 at the 2010 census. Jay is named for John Jay, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. The US Census Bureau estimated that the town's population had increased by 13.1% between 2000–2005, the seventh largest increase in the state. Jay is also home to the Jay Challenge, a three-part stage-race, typically held in July.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.0 square miles (88 km2), of which 33.9 square miles (88 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.12%) is water.

The highest point in town is North Jay Peak at 3,438 feet (1,048 m) above sea level. Despite their containing the name "Jay", other peaks with this name lie mostly in adjacent Westfield, including Jay Peak itself and Jay Peak Resort.

The local Jay Branch Brook flows into the Missisquoi River.

History

One November 10, 1943, a Royal Canadian Air Force training plane crashed into the west side of the mountain near the top during a blinding snowfall killing one crew member.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 28
1820 52 85.7%
1830 196 276.9%
1840 306 56.1%
1850 371 21.2%
1860 474 27.8%
1870 553 16.7%
1880 696 25.9%
1890 641 −7.9%
1900 530 −17.3%
1910 513 −3.2%
1920 368 −28.3%
1930 274 −25.5%
1940 230 −16.1%
1950 243 5.7%
1960 197 −18.9%
1970 182 −7.6%
1980 302 65.9%
1990 381 26.2%
2000 426 11.8%
2010 521 22.3%
Est. 2014 552 6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 595 people, 276 households, and 215 families residing in the town. The population density was 15.4 people per square mile (5.9/km2). There were 685 housing units at an average density of 20.2 per square mile (7.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.9% White, 0.8% Native American, 0.6% Asian, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 276 households out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder living alone, and 26.3% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 20 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 32.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.3 years. For every 100 females there were 104.8 males. For every 100 females, there were 109 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $43,958, and the median income for a family was $48,594. The per capita income for the town was $20,058. About 7.4% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

The Jay Challenge

The Jay Challenge is a combination adventure race and triathlon that occurs yearly in and around Jay. It is a three-day event comprising a 26 miles (42 km) kayak trip from the northern to southern end of Lake Memphremagog, a 30.5 miles (49.1 km) run over rough terrain and 65 miles (105 km) of mountain biking.

In 2007, the Jay Challenge was reduced to the running portion, and temporarily re-titled "The Ultimate XC Challenge." There were participants from 34 US states and 3 countries.

In 2008, the Ultimate XC Series expanded to three ultra-running races which included Quebec in June, Jay, Vermont in July, and Moab, Utah in November.

The last running of the Jay Challenge was in 2008.

The Vermont edition of this race series is a 33 miles (53 km) "marathon" and an 18 miles (29 km) "half-marathon." The course is almost completely on private property and almost 100% trails. The trails are rugged and muddy and include a variety of brook running, river crossings, steep hills, technical descents, bushwacking, and a sand pit. The race is limited to 400 for the full race and 200 for the half.


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