Shaftsbury, Vermont facts for kids
Robert Frost Stone House Museum, home of the poet Robert Frost from 1920 to 1929
|• Total||43.2 sq mi (111.8 km2)|
|• Land||43.1 sq mi (111.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||1,043 ft (318 m)|
|• Density||83/sq mi (32.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1462203|
The town was chartered on August 20, 1761. It was named after the Earl of Shaftesbury.
In June 1843, escaped slaves hid at a Shaftsbury farm, in the first recorded instance in Vermont of the Underground Railroad.
Shaftsbury is located in Bennington County along the western border of Vermont. To the north is the town of Arlington, to the east is the unincorporated town of Glastenbury, to the south is the town of Bennington, the county seat, and to the west are the towns of Hoosick and White Creek in New York.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.2 square miles (111.8 km2), of which 43.1 square miles (111.6 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.21%, is water. Most of the town drains southward to the Walloomsac River, while the northeast corner, including Lake Shaftsbury, drains north to the Batten Kill. Both rivers are part of the Hudson River watershed.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,767 people, 1,450 households, and 1,078 families residing in the town. The population density was 87.4 people per square mile (33.7/km2). There were 1,574 housing units at an average density of 36.5 per square mile (14.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.73% White, 0.21% Black, 0.05% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic of any race were 0.90% of the population.
There were 1,450 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the town, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $45,139, and the median income for a family was $52,083. Males had a median income of $36,118 versus $25,776 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,035. About 4.0% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.
Parks and recreation
Lake Shaftsbury State Park is an 84-acre (34 ha) park surrounding Lake Shaftsbury. It became a state park in 1974, and has group camping, a developed beach, play area, and picnic area.
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