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Rupert, Vermont
Countryside in eastern Rupert
Countryside in eastern Rupert
Rupert, Vermont
Rupert, Vermont
Rupert, Vermont is located in the United States
Rupert, Vermont
Rupert, Vermont
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Vermont
County Bennington
Communities Rupert
East Rupert
North Rupert
West Rupert
 • Total 44.6 sq mi (115.5 km2)
 • Land 44.6 sq mi (115.4 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
1,037 ft (316 m)
 • Total 698
 • Density 16/sq mi (6.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code 802
FIPS code 50-61000
GNIS feature ID 1462192

Rupert is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, United States. The population was 698 at the 2020 census.


Rupert is located in the northwest corner of Bennington County, bordered by Washington County, New York, to the west and Rutland County, Vermont, to the north. The town is situated in the Taconic Mountains; the highest point is a 3,010-foot (920 m) summit on the ridge of Bear Mountain in the southeast corner of the town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.6 square miles (115.5 km2), of which 44.6 square miles (115.4 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.08%, is water. The northern portion of the town is drained by the Mettawee River and Indian River, tributaries of Lake Champlain, while the rest of the town drains to the Batten Kill in New York and eventually the Hudson River.

The northeast corner of town is crossed by Vermont Route 30, following the Mettawee River. Vermont Route 153 runs north–south through the western part of the town before crossing into New York. Vermont Route 315 runs east–west through the center of the town, connecting to VT 30 in East Rupert and to VT 153 in Rupert proper. The town also has the hamlets of West Rupert (on VT 153) and North Rupert (on VT 30).


Many historians agree that Benning Wentworth, colonial governor of New Hampshire, gave Rupert its name, after Prince Rupert of the Rhine (1619–82). Prince Rupert was a prominent figure in the English Civil War and afterwards.

One of Rupert's first settlers was Reuben Harmon, a metalsmith, who was given the right to mint coins, called Vermont coppers, for the Republic of Vermont. Harmon's Mint is still standing today in East Rupert on a small stream known as Hagar's Brook.

Rupert is the current filming location for the syndicated PBS cooking show Cook's Country. The iconic white country house, known as Carver House, is located near the center of town on the corner of Rupert Avenue and West Pawlett Road 43°15′36″N 73°13′24″W / 43.25988°N 73.22325°W / 43.25988; -73.22325 across the road from the Rupert Congregational Church. Christopher Kimball, the Executive Producer and Host of Cook's Country, maintains a residence nearby.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 1,033
1800 1,648 59.5%
1810 1,630 −1.1%
1820 1,332 −18.3%
1830 1,318 −1.1%
1840 1,091 −17.2%
1850 1,101 0.9%
1860 1,103 0.2%
1870 1,017 −7.8%
1880 957 −5.9%
1890 861 −10.0%
1900 863 0.2%
1910 825 −4.4%
1920 674 −18.3%
1930 691 2.5%
1940 678 −1.9%
1950 713 5.2%
1960 603 −15.4%
1970 582 −3.5%
1980 605 4.0%
1990 654 8.1%
2000 704 7.6%
2010 714 1.4%
2020 698 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census, there were 704 people, 295 households and 205 families residing in the town. The population density was 15.8 per square mile (6.1/km2). There were 449 housing units at an average density of 10.1 per square mile (3.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.72% White, 0.14% Native American and 0.14% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.

There were 295 households, of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were couples living together and joined in either marriage or Civil Union, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.86.

22.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median household income was $36,429 and the median family income was $41,339. Males had a median income of $27,500 compared with $21,797 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,480. About 2.7% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Frederick Buechner, American writer and theologian
  • Samuel Gookins, Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court
  • Christopher Kimball, American chef, editor, publisher, and radio/TV personality
  • William H. Meyer, member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Sheldon Roberts, American semi-conductor pioneer-member of the "traitorous eight" to form Fairchild Semiconductor One of the three founders of Teledyne
  • General Moses Sherman, American land developer who built Streetcar systems in Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles, California. Born in Rupert
  • Israel Smith, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, member of the U.S. Senate and fourth Governor of Vermont; practiced law in Rupert

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