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Lamoille County
Lamoille County Superior Courthouse in Hyde Park
Lamoille County Superior Courthouse in Hyde Park
Map of Vermont highlighting Lamoille County
Location within the U.S. state of Vermont
Map of the United States highlighting Vermont
Vermont's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Vermont
Founded 1836
Named for Lamoille River
Shire Town Hyde Park
Largest town Morristown
Area
 • Total 464 sq mi (1,200 km2)
 • Land 459 sq mi (1,190 km2)
 • Water 4.9 sq mi (13 km2)  1.1%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 25,945
 • Density 55.92/sq mi (21.589/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district At-large

Lamoille County is a county located in the U.S. state of Vermont. As of the 2020 census, the population was 25,945, and it is the third-least populous county in Vermont. Its shire town (county seat) is the town of Hyde Park, while Morristown is the county's largest town by population as well as its main commercial center. The county was created in 1835 and organized the following year.

History

The area was buried in a mile of ice during the ice age. When it melted partially, it created Lake Stowe. When it melted completely, the water from the lake ran out through the Lamoille River valley.

In 1972, the Lamoille Community College, along with other community colleges in Vermont, became the fifth member of the Vermont State Colleges system and was renamed Community College of Vermont.

In 2008, the state notified residents of Belvidere, Eden, Hyde Park, Johnson, Waterville and eight towns in the adjacent counties of Orleans and Franklin, that a review of health records from 1995 to 2006 had revealed that residents within ten miles (16 km) of the former asbestos mine on Belvidere Mountain had higher than normal rates of contracting asbestosis. The state and federal government continues to study this problem. In April 2009 the Vermont Department of health released a revised study which found that all of deaths related to the asbestos mine were caused by occupational exposure. The report also concluded that people living near the mines had no increased risk of asbestos related illness than people living anywhere else in Vermont.

In 2008, the county appeared to have disproportionate power in the legislature with the House Speaker, Shap Smith, from Morrisville, Floyd Nease, house majority leader, Senator Susan Bartlett, from Hyde Park, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and Richard Westman, chair of the House Transportation Committee and the sole Republican.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 464 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 459 square miles (1,190 km2) is land and 4.9 square miles (13 km2) (1.1%) is water. It is the second-smallest county in Vermont by area.

Lamoille County is the only county in Vermont that does not have at least one U.S. Route passing through it, although all ten of the Lamoille County towns are served by Vermont state routes.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 10,475
1850 10,872 3.8%
1860 12,311 13.2%
1870 12,448 1.1%
1880 12,684 1.9%
1890 12,831 1.2%
1900 12,289 −4.2%
1910 12,585 2.4%
1920 11,858 −5.8%
1930 10,947 −7.7%
1940 11,028 0.7%
1950 11,388 3.3%
1960 11,027 −3.2%
1970 13,309 20.7%
1980 16,767 26.0%
1990 19,735 17.7%
2000 23,233 17.7%
2010 24,475 5.3%
2020 25,945 6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,475 people, 10,014 households, and 6,274 families living in the county. The population density was 53.3 inhabitants per square mile (20.6/km2). There were 12,969 housing units at an average density of 28.3 per square mile (10.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.7% white, 0.6% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.3% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 18.3% were English, 16.5% were Irish, 10.2% were German, 7.7% were French Canadian, and 4.6% were American.

Of the 10,014 households, 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.3% were non-families, and 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.87. The median age was 39.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,232 and the median income for a family was $62,364. Males had a median income of $41,761 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,164. About 8.7% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Villages

Census-designated place

Unincorporated community

Education

Johnson State College Library and Learning Center
Northern Vermont University-Johnson Library and Learning Center

Northern Vermont University-Johnson is a Vermont State College located in Johnson in Lamoille County. It was established in 1828 as Johnson Academy. It was among the original colleges to come together to form the Vermont State College system.

The Community College of Vermont (CCV) is located in Morrisville in Lamoille County.

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