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Rutland
City
Downtown Rutland, Vermont.jpg
Downtown Historic District
City of Rutland Vermont Seal.jpg
Coat of arms
Nickname: Marble City, Gateway to Southern Vermont, Rutvegas
Country United States
State Vermont
County Rutland
Elevation 541 ft (165 m)
Coordinates
Area 7.68 sq mi (19.89 km²)
 - land 7.64 sq mi (20 km²)
 - water 0.04 sq mi (0 km²), 0.52%
Population 16,495 (2010)
Density 2,147.8 /sq mi (829.3 /km²)
Incorporated 1892
Government
 - coordinates
Mayor Christopher C. Louras (I)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 05701, 05702
Area code 802
Rutland City, Vermont
Rutland City, Vermont
Location of Vermont in the United States
Location of Vermont in the United States
Website: http://www.rutlandcity.org/

The city of Rutland is the county seat of Rutland County, Vermont, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 16,495. Rutland is located approximately 65 miles (105 km) north of the Massachusetts state line and 20 miles (32 km) east of the state of New York. Rutland is the third largest city in Vermont, after Burlington and South Burlington. It is surrounded by the town of Rutland, which is a separate municipality. The downtown area of the city is listed as an historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

History

Merchants' Row, Looking North, Rutland, VT
Merchants' Row in 1907

It began on Otter Creek in the early 19th century as a small hamlet called Mill Village in Rutland, the surrounding town named by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761 after John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland. In the early 19th century, small high-quality marble deposits were discovered in Rutland, and in the 1830s a large deposit of nearly solid marble was found in what is now West Rutland. By the 1840s, small firms had begun excavations, but marble quarries proved profitable only after the railroad arrived in 1851. At the same time, the famous quarries of Carrara in Tuscany, Italy, grew largely unworkable because of their extreme depth, allowing Rutland to become one of the world's leading marble producers.

This fueled enough growth and investment that in 1886 the center of town incorporated as Rutland village. Most of the town was split off as West Rutland and Proctor, which contained the bulk of the marble quarries. Rutland City was incorporated as Vermont's third city on November 18, 1892. The new city's first mayor was John A. Mead, who served only one term in 1893.

In 1894, the nation's first polio outbreak was identified in the Rutland area. 132 people from the Rutland area were affected. Seven died. 110 others suffered some paralysis for life. 55 were from the city itself.

Berwick House, Rutland, VT
The Berwick House in 1907

In 1903, a Rutland City ordinance restricting the carrying of firearms led to the Vermont Supreme Court's decision in State v. Rosenthal, thereby establishing protection for the carrying of firearms without permit or license, what has become known as "Vermont Carry". Nonetheless, Rutland had a similar ordinance in place as late as 1998, at which point it was challenged and eventually removed.

The closing of the marble quarries in the area in the 1980s and 1990s led to a loss of jobs in the area.

Geography

Rutland is located at (43.60889, −72.97972).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.67 square miles (19.9 km2), of which 7.6 square miles (20 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.52%, is water. Rutland is drained by Otter Creek, Moon Brook, Tenney Brook, East Creek and Mussey Brook.

Climate

See also: Climate of New England and Climate of Vermont

The city of Rutland has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) with cold, snowy winters and warm to hot, moist summers. The all-time record high is 102 °F or 38.9 °C, set in 2008. The all-time record low temperature is −43 °F or −41.7 °C, set in 1994. On average, the wettest month is July, and February is the driest.

Climate data for Rutland, Vermont
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 70
(21.1)
67
(19.4)
86
(30)
92
(33.3)
93
(33.9)
95
(35)
102
(38.9)
98
(36.7)
92
(33.3)
86
(30)
79
(26.1)
69
(20.6)
102
(38.9)
Average high °F (°C) 29
(-1.7)
32
(0)
42
(5.6)
56
(13.3)
68
(20)
76
(24.4)
80
(26.7)
78
(25.6)
69
(20.6)
58
(14.4)
46
(7.8)
34
(1.1)
56
(13.3)
Average low °F (°C) 8
(-13.3)
10
(-12.2)
19
(-7.2)
32
(0)
42
(5.6)
52
(11.1)
57
(13.9)
55
(12.8)
46
(7.8)
35
(1.7)
27
(-2.8)
16
(-8.9)
33
(0.6)
Record low °F (°C) −43
(-41.7)
−26
(-32.2)
−20
(-28.9)
5
(-15)
24
(-4.4)
32
(0)
39
(3.9)
33
(0.6)
24
(-4.4)
16
(-8.9)
−1
(-18.3)
−23
(-30.6)
−43
(-41.7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.54
(64.5)
2.25
(57.2)
2.77
(70.4)
2.88
(73.2)
3.70
(94)
3.97
(100.8)
4.76
(120.9)
4.07
(103.4)
3.71
(94.2)
3.83
(97.3)
3.27
(83.1)
2.80
(71.1)
41.18
(1,046)
Source: The Weather Channel

Transportation

Roads and highways

Rutland is the largest city in Vermont that is not located on, or near, either of the state's two major Interstate highways. It is, however, signed on I-91 at exit 6 northbound, and on I-89 at exits 13 and 3 southbound and exit 1 northbound. In addition, the city appears on auxiliary guide signs on the Adirondack Northway (I-87) before Exits 17 and 20.

U.S. Route 4 and U.S. Route 7 intersect and overlap each other in Rutland along Main Street between the Diamond Run Mall and Woodstock Avenue and are the two main routes into the city. U.S. 7 connects Rutland with Manchester and Bennington to the south, and with Middlebury and Burlington to the north. To the east, U.S. 4 travels through Killington, Woodstock and White River Junction on its way toward New Hampshire. To the west, U.S. 4 has been rebuilt as a 4-lane freeway to the New York state line, a distance of just over 18 miles (29 km). It is currently the only limited-access freeway to serve Rutland. The former route of U.S. 4, which runs parallel to the freeway portion, is now signed as US Route 4 Business and Vermont Route 4A.

Rail

Amtrak Station Rutland VT
Rutland Amtrak Station

Rutland's railroad station is the terminal station for Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express, which provides daily 5.5 hour service to and from New York City. In January 2013 Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin proposed extending the Ethan Allen Express from Rutland to Burlington, Vermont, the state's largest city. The proposal would create a regional rail corridor connecting Albany, Saratoga Springs, Rutland and Burlington and their combined metro populations of around 1.25 million inhabitants.

Bus

The Bus Rutland
The Bus, downtown Rutland

Rutland is home to "The Bus", run by Marble Valley Regional Transit District, a local bus system costing $0.50 per person per ride ($0.25 for discount qualified riders), and $1–2 for out-of-town commuter and connector buses, with other expenses covered largely by taxpayers. Five local routes currently serve the city, along with other commuter routes serving the nearby towns of Fair Haven, Manchester, Middlebury (in a partnership with Addison County Transit Resources), and Proctor. 2 winter tourist geared buses also go to and from Okemo Mountain in Ludlow and Killington Ski Resort; the bus serving Killington is called the Diamond Express. Both of these buses run year round. "The Bus" was free prior to 2007, when the 50 cents fare was added to control the added gas expenses. MVRTD is housed in the downtown Marble Valley Regional Transit Center.

Premier Coach's Vermont Translines serves Rutland daily with two intercity bus connections between Burlington, Lebanon, New Hampshire and Albany, New York, in its partnership with Greyhound. The two bus lines also meet at the Marble Valley Regional Transit Center as of June 9, 2014.

Air

The Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport is located just south of the city, in North Clarendon. The airport offers daily flights to Boston operated by Cape Air.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 7,502
1890 8,239 9.8%
1900 11,499 39.6%
1910 13,546 17.8%
1920 14,954 10.4%
1930 17,315 15.8%
1940 17,082 −1.3%
1950 17,659 3.4%
1960 18,325 3.8%
1970 19,293 5.3%
1980 18,436 −4.4%
1990 18,230 −1.1%
2000 17,292 −5.1%
2010 16,495 −4.6%
Est. 2015 15,824 −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 16,495 people, 7,167 households, and 4,209 families residing in the city. The population density was 2254.5 people per square mile (870.3/km2). There were 7,167 housing units at an average density of 94.49/sq mi (289.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 7,452 households out of which 21.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.5% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.3 years. For every 100 females there were 89.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

Culture

Ethnic Festival 062a
Ethnic Festival in 2008

The downtown section contains the Rutland Free Library, the Paramount Theater and Merchant's Row, a restored street dating back to the mid-19th century. 108 buildings in downtown Rutland are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Rutland also has the 275-acre (111 ha) Pine Hill Park offering mountain biking, hiking, and other outdoor recreation. At the park's entrance is the Flip Side Skatepark, municipally operated in an open-sided closed roof arena at the Giorgetti Athletic Complex.

Events in Rutland

  • Art in the Park
  • Friday Night Live
  • The Ethnic Festival
  • A Summer Farmers' Market in downtown Rutland's Depot Park
  • A Winter Farmers' Market in the Vermont Farmers Food Center
  • The Summer Concert Series
  • Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club (in 2013)
  • The Vermont State Fair

The Rutland Halloween Parade has taken place annually since 1960. In the early 1970s, the Rutland Halloween Parade was used as the setting of a number of superhero comic books, including Batman #237, Justice League of America #103, Freedom Fighters #6, Amazing Adventures #16, Avengers #83, and The Mighty Thor #207. The parade celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009.

In popular culture

Some episodes of the truTV reality show Speeders feature the Rutland City Police Department.

Sister city

Japan Ishidoriya, Iwate, Japan

Since 1986, Rutland hosts an annual exchange called the Rutland Ishidoriya Student Exchange (R.I.S.E), selecting students from grades 8-11 to send to Ishidoriya, Japan. All of the money used to support the exchange is from fundraising. In exchange, 5 students from Ishidoriya come to Rutland the January after the Rutland ambassadors return each year.

Historic sites

(Date indicates inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places)

  • Arthur Perkins House — 242 South Main Street (added October 27, 1988)
  • Chaffee-Moloney Houses — 194 & 196-98 Columbian Avenue (added December 19, 2001)
  • Clementwood — Clement Road (added October 27, 1980)
  • H. H. Baxter Memorial Library — 96 Grove Street (added September 24, 1978)
  • Longfellow School — 6 Church Street (added 1976)
  • Proctor-Clement House — 85 Field Avenue (added July 17, 1982)
  • Rutland Courthouse Historic District — U.S. 7 (added October 8, 1976)
  • Rutland Downtown Historic District — roughly bounded by Strong Avenue, State, Wales, Washington, Pine and Cottage streets (added September 22, 1980)
  • Rutland Free Library, the 1859 former post office and courthouse designed by Ammi B. Young
  • St. Peter's Church and Mount St. Joseph Convent Complex — Convent Avenue, Meadow and River streets (added November 3, 1980)

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