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Stowe, Vermont
Stowe Town Hall, on Main Street
Stowe Town Hall, on Main Street
Official seal of Stowe, Vermont
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Nickname(s): 
The Ski Capital of the East
Stowe, Vermont
Stowe, Vermont
Country United States
State Vermont
County Lamoille
Government
 • Type Board of Selectmen
Area
 • Total 72.7 sq mi (188.4 km2)
 • Land 72.7 sq mi (188.2 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation
968 ft (295 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,314
 • Density 59.7/sq mi (23.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
05672
Area code(s) 802 Exchange: 253
FIPS code 50-70525
GNIS feature ID 1462219

Stowe is a town in Lamoille County, Vermont, United States. The population was 4,314 at the 2010 census.

History

Stowe was chartered June 8, 1763 by Royal Governor Benning Wentworth of the New Hampshire colony.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 72.7 square miles (188.4 km2), of which 72.7 square miles (188.2 km2) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km2) (0.10%) is water. By area, it is the second-largest town in the state of Vermont after Chittenden in Rutland County.

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Topographic map of Stowe.

Stowe lies in a broad, fertile valley between Mount Mansfield and other peaks of the Green Mountains to the west, and the Worcester Range to the east. The Little River with its main east and west branches and various tributaries, flows southward and, above Waterbury Center, empties into the large reservoir created by the flood control dam. From there the Little River flows southward and eventually empties into the westward flowing Winooski River west of the Village of Waterbury.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 316
1810 650 105.7%
1820 957 47.2%
1830 1,570 64.1%
1840 1,371 −12.7%
1850 1,771 29.2%
1860 2,046 15.5%
1870 2,049 0.1%
1880 1,896 −7.5%
1890 1,886 −0.5%
1900 1,926 2.1%
1910 1,991 3.4%
1920 1,800 −9.6%
1930 1,654 −8.1%
1940 1,741 5.3%
1950 1,720 −1.2%
1960 1,901 10.5%
1970 2,388 25.6%
1980 2,991 25.3%
1990 3,433 14.8%
2000 4,339 26.4%
2010 4,314 −0.6%
Est. 2014 4,411 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,339 people, 1,905 households, and 1,129 families residing in the town. The population density was 59.7 people per square mile (23.1/km2). There were 2,728 housing units at an average density of 37.5 per square mile (14.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.51% White, 0.28% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

There were 1,905 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.2 males.

Stowe Land Trust

Stowe Land Trust has conserved 30 properties and over 3,500 acres (14 km2), many of which are available to the public. One is Wiessner Woods, conserved by the trust in 1992 through a donation from the Wiessner family.

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