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South Hero, Vermont
A barn in South Hero
A barn in South Hero
Location in Grand Isle County and the state of Vermont
Location in Grand Isle County and the state of Vermont
South Hero, Vermont is located in the United States
South Hero, Vermont
South Hero, Vermont
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Vermont
County Grand Isle
Communities South Hero
Keeler Bay
 • Total 47.5 sq mi (123.0 km2)
 • Land 14.9 sq mi (38.6 km2)
 • Water 32.6 sq mi (84.4 km2)
95 ft (29 m)
 • Total 1,674
 • Density 112/sq mi (43.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-67000
GNIS feature ID 1462213

South Hero is the most populous town that is both comprising part of Lake Champlain's largest island of Grand Isle and in Grand Isle County, Vermont. South Hero's population was 1,674 at the 2020 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 47.5 square miles (123.0 km2), of which 15.1 square miles (39.1 km2) is land and 32.4 square miles (83.9 km2) (68.21%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 537
1800 611 13.8%
1810 826 35.2%
1820 842 1.9%
1830 717 −14.8%
1840 664 −7.4%
1850 705 6.2%
1860 617 −12.5%
1870 586 −5.0%
1880 620 5.8%
1890 559 −9.8%
1900 917 64.0%
1910 605 −34.0%
1920 606 0.2%
1930 641 5.8%
1940 611 −4.7%
1950 567 −7.2%
1960 614 8.3%
1970 868 41.4%
1980 1,188 36.9%
1990 1,404 18.2%
2000 1,696 20.8%
2010 1,631 −3.8%
2020 1,674 2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,696 people, 663 households, and 472 families residing in the town. The population density was 112.3 people per square mile (43.4/km2). There were 1,036 housing units at an average density of 68.6 per square mile (26.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.94% White, 0.24% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.

There were 663 households, out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.9% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $52,344, and the median income for a family was $61,198. Males had a median income of $41,250 versus $27,357 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,532. About 4.0% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

Though it has relatively few full-time residents, South Hero is much more populated in the summer months with seasonal residents and out-of-town vacationers and tourists usually from Canada.


South Hero has a strong agricultural system that combines multi-generational farming operations with newer sustainable and organic ventures. Apples continue to be a mainstay crop with multiple orchards throughout the town.

The local K-8 school (Folsom Elementary) also houses the town's community center and is a focal point for many events, from library-based learning and programs to school-sponsored plays and athletic events. The town also hosts an annual marathon and half-marathon, which begins and ends in front of the school.

A strong spirit of volunteerism lends to the town's ability to attract families and to draw youth back after exploration outside of the area in college years.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, South Hero has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

Notable people

  • Jewett W. Adams, fourth Governor of Nevada; born in South Hero
  • Craig Alanson, New York Times bestselling author
  • Ebenezer Allen, owner of the first settlement at South Hero and cousin of Ethan Allen
  • Elizabeth Inness-Brown, novelist and educator
  • Mitzi Johnson, Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
  • Asa Lyon, U.S. Representative
  • Tim Viens, NASCAR Driver for CMI Motorsports
  • Barbara West, television news anchor, former ABC TV network journalist, and former Miss Vermont
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The Parade Grand Marshal kicks off the 2000 edition of the annual South Hero Fourth of July parade. South Hero hosts the parade for all of Grand Isle County, Vermont.

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