Montpelier, Vermont

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Montpelier, Vermont
The Vermont State House, Montpelier's best-known landmark
The Vermont State House, Montpelier's best-known landmark
Location in Washington County and the state of Vermont
Location in Washington County and the state of Vermont
Montpelier is located in the US
Montpelier
Montpelier
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 44°15′35″N 72°34′30″W / 44.25972°N 72.57500°W / 44.25972; -72.57500Coordinates: 44°15′35″N 72°34′30″W / 44.25972°N 72.57500°W / 44.25972; -72.57500
CountryUnited States
StateVermont
CountyWashington
Settled1787
Incorporated (village)1818
Incorporated (city)1895
Named forMontpellier, France
Government
 • MayorAnne Watson
 • City ManagerWilliam J. Fraser
Area
 • Total10.3 sq mi (26.6 km2)
 • Land10.2 sq mi (26.5 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
600 ft (182 m)
Population
(2010)
 • Total7,855 (city proper)
 • Density739.9/sq mi (302.7/km2)
Demonym(s)Montpelierite
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
05601-05604, 05609, 05620, 05633
Area code(s)802
FIPS code50-46000[1]
GNIS feature ID1461834[2]
Websitewww.montpelier-vt.org

Montpelier /mɒntˈpliər/[3] is a city in the U.S. state of Vermont that serves as the state capital. It is also the shire town[4] (county seat)[5] of Washington County. As the capital of Vermont, Montpelier is the site of the Vermont State House, the seat of the legislative branch of Vermont government. The Vermont State House has a golden dome. The population was 7,855 at the 2010 census.[6] By population, it is the smallest state capital in the United States.[7] The Vermont History Museum and Vermont College of Fine Arts are in Montpelier.

The state legislature made Montpelier the state capital in 1805.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. Montpelier - Definitions from Dictionary.com
  4. Title 24, Part I, Chapter 1, §13, Vermont Statutes. Accessed 2007-11-01.
  5. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "Montpelier (city) Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau". Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  7. Smallest capital city plans big MLK celebration. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  8. "Montpelier History". Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved November 26, 2011.

Other websites[change | change source]

Main Street in downtown Montpelier