List of counties in Vermont
There are 14 counties in the U.S. state of Vermont. These counties together contain 255 political units, or places, including 237 towns, 9 cities, 5 unincorporated areas, and 4 gores. Each county has a county seat, known in Vermont as shire town. In 1779, Vermont had two counties. The western side of the state was called Bennington County and the eastern was called Cumberland County. In 1781, Cumberland County was made into three counties in Vermont plus another county named Washington (not the same as the modern Washington County) that then became part of New Hampshire. Today's Washington County was known as Jefferson County from its start in 1810 until it was renamed in 1814. Essex County, Orleans County, and Caledonia County are commonly called the Northeast Kingdom.
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|Meaning of name
|Addison County||001||Middlebury||1785||Part of Rutland County.||Joseph Addison (1672–1719), an English politician and writer.||36,821||770 sq mi
|Bennington County||003||Bennington||1779||One of the original two counties.||Benning Wentworth (1696–1770), the colonial governor of New Hampshire (1741–1766).||37,125||676 sq mi
|Caledonia County||005||St. Johnsbury||1792||Part of Orange County.||Latin name for Scotland.||31,227||651 sq mi
|Chittenden County||007||Burlington||1787||Part of Addison County.||Thomas Chittenden (1730–1797), first governor of Vermont (1791–1797).||156,545||539 sq mi
|Essex County||009||Guildhall||1792||Part of Orange County.||Essex, a county in England.||6,306||665 sq mi
|Franklin County||011||St. Albans (city)||1792||Part of Chittenden County.||Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), one of the most critical Founding Fathers of the United States.||47,746||637 sq mi
|Grand Isle County||013||North Hero||1802||Part of Chittenden County and Franklin County.||Largest island in Lake Champlain.||6,970||83 sq mi
|Lamoille County||015||Hyde Park||1835||Parts of Chittenden County, Franklin County, Orleans County and Washington County.||La Mouelle (meaning the seagull), named by French explorer Samuel de Champlain (~1570–1635).||24,475||461 sq mi
|Orange County||017||Chelsea||1781||Part of Cumberland County.||William of Orange (1650–1702), Prince of Orange.||28,936||689 sq mi
|Orleans County||019||Newport (city)||1792||Part of Chittenden County and Orange County.||City of Orléans, France.||27,231||697 sq mi
|Rutland County||021||Rutland (city)||1781||Part of Bennington County.||Town of Rutland, Massachusetts.||61,642||932 sq mi
|Washington County||023||Montpelier||1810||Parts of Orange County, Caledonia County, and Chittenden County.||George Washington (1732–1799), first President of the United States (1789–1797).||59,534||690 sq mi
(as Cumberland County)
|One of the original two counties.||Town of Windham, Connecticut.||44,513||789 sq mi
|Windsor County||027||Woodstock||1781||Part of Cumberland County.||Town of Windsor, Connecticut.||56,670||971 sq mi
Notes[change | change source]
- a There are several sources that state the formation year for Windham County is 1781 and that Cumberland County was dissolved rather than renamed.
References[change | change source]
- "Vermont County Information". Genealogy Trails. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
- "NACo - Find a county". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
- Kane, Joseph; Aiken, Charles (2004). The American Counties: Origins of County Names, Dates of Creation, and Population Data, 1950-2000. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0810850362.
- "Vermont QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2012-02-13. (2010 Census)
- "Vermont: Consolidated Chronology of State and County Boundaries". The Newberry Library. 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-06-03.