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Stowe, Vermont
Stowe Community Church
Stowe Community Church
Official seal of Stowe, Vermont
The Ski Capital of the East
Stowe, Vermont
Stowe, Vermont
Stowe, Vermont is located in the United States
Stowe, Vermont
Stowe, Vermont
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Vermont
County Lamoille
Communities Stowe
Lower Village
Stowe Fork
West Branch
 • Type Board of Selectmen
 • Total 72.76 sq mi (188.45 km2)
 • Land 72.60 sq mi (188.03 km2)
 • Water 0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
889 ft (271 m)
 • Total 5,223
 • Density 72/sq mi (27.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 802 Exchange: 253
FIPS code 50-70525

Stowe is a town in Lamoille County, Vermont, United States. The population was 5,223 at the 2020 census. The town lies on Vermont Routes 108 and 100. It is nicknamed "The Ski Capital of the East" and is home to Stowe Mountain Resort, a ski facility with terrain on Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak.

2004-02-25 - 07 - Stowe Town Hall
Stowe Town Hall


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


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.


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%
2020 5,223 21.1%
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.



There has been some manufacturing in Stowe, such as the Tubbs Snowshoe factory, but it closed in 2009 and moved its manufacturing overseas.

The median income for a household in the town was $52,378, and the median income for a family was $64,700. Males had a median income of $37,788 versus $31,689 for females. The per capita income for the town was $35,474. About 3.7% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over. The median house value was $412,183 in 2012.


Stowe Middle High School Sign
The middle and high school are adjacent.

There are three public schools in town: Stowe Elementary School, Stowe Middle School, and Stowe High School. The Mount Mansfield Winter Academy is located in Stowe, which has a focus on snow sport athletes.


Vermont Route 100 crosses the town from north to south, passing through the village of Stowe. VT 100 leads north 9 miles (14 km) to Morrisville and south 10 miles (16 km) to Waterbury. Vermont Route 108 has its southern terminus in Stowe village and leads northwest through Smugglers Notch 17 miles (27 km) to Jeffersonville in the Lamoille River valley.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 72.8 square miles (188.5 km2), of which 72.6 square miles (188.0 km2) are land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.23%, are water. By area, it is the second-largest town in the state of Vermont after Chittenden in Rutland County.

Notable people

  • Walter J. Bigelow, mayor of Burlington
  • Jake Burton Carpenter, CEO of Burton Snowboards
  • Rusty DeWees, comedian, actor, and writer
  • Joseph Dutton, worked as a missionary with Father Damien
  • William "Billy" Kidd, first American man to earn an Olympic medal in alpine skiing
  • Joe Kirkwood Sr., golfer
  • Graham Mink, former right wing for the Washington Capitals, now playing for Dornbirner EC of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL)
  • Tiger Shaw, Olympics alpine ski racer and President of U.S.S.A.
  • Joseph Skinger, artisan
  • Ken Squier, Lap-by-Lap commentator for NASCAR
  • Maria von Trapp, matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers
  • Ty Walker, youngest member of the 2014 US Olympic Slopestyle Snowboard team
  • Fritz Wiessner, pioneer of free climbing

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