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Orange County
Orange County Superior Court in Chelsea
Orange County Superior Court in Chelsea
Map of Vermont highlighting Orange 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 1781
Named for William of Orange (William III of England)
Shire Town Chelsea
Largest town Randolph
Area
 • Total 692 sq mi (1,790 km2)
 • Land 687 sq mi (1,780 km2)
 • Water 5.2 sq mi (13 km2)  0.8%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 29,277
 • Density 42.308/sq mi (16.335/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district At-large

Orange County is a county located in the U.S. state of Vermont. As of the 2020 census, the population was 29,277. Its shire town (county seat) is the town of Chelsea. Orange County was organized on February 2, 1781, as an original county within the state.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 692 square miles (1,790 km2), of which 687 square miles (1,780 km2) is land and 5.2 square miles (13 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 10,526
1800 18,238 73.3%
1810 25,247 38.4%
1820 24,681 −2.2%
1830 27,285 10.6%
1840 27,873 2.2%
1850 27,296 −2.1%
1860 25,455 −6.7%
1870 23,090 −9.3%
1880 23,525 1.9%
1890 19,575 −16.8%
1900 19,313 −1.3%
1910 18,703 −3.2%
1920 17,279 −7.6%
1930 16,694 −3.4%
1940 17,048 2.1%
1950 17,027 −0.1%
1960 16,014 −5.9%
1970 17,676 10.4%
1980 22,739 28.6%
1990 26,149 15.0%
2000 28,226 7.9%
2010 28,936 2.5%
2020 29,277 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, the county had 28,936 people, 11,887 households, and 7,865 families. The population density was 42.1 inhabitants per square mile (16.3/km2). There were 14,845 housing units at an average density of 21.6 per square mile (8.3/km2).

The county's racial makeup was 97.0% white, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.0% of the population. The largest ancestry groups were English (22.4%), Irish (16.5%); French (14.7%), German (10.4%), "American" (7.3%), French Canadian (7.1%), Italian (6.5%); Scottish (6.5%).

Of the 11,887 households, 28.3% had children under age 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.8% were non-families, and 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.83. The median age was 43.8 years.

The county's median household income was $52,079 and the median family income was $61,221. Males had a median income of $41,281 versus $35,938 for females. The county's per capita income was $25,951. About 6.2% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Villages

Census-designated places

Unincorporated community

Education

Vermont technical college 20040926
The Vermont Technical College is in Randolph.

The county is served by four school districts (supervisory unions):

  • Orange East Supervisory Union (Superintendent: Wendy Baker)
  • Orange North Supervisory Union
  • Orange Southwest Supervisory Union
  • Orange Windsor Supervisory Union

Orange County is also home to the Vermont Technical College, in the town of Randolph.

Orange North Supervisory Union

The union's superintendent is Douglas Shiok, and it includes:

  • Orange Center School (Principal: Richard P. Jacobs)
  • Washington Village School (Principal: Charles R. Witters, Jr.)
  • Williamstown Elementary School (Principal: Elaine K. Watson)
  • Williamstown Middle High School (Principal: Heidi Moccia [middle]; Juanita Burch-Clay [high]).
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