Waterville, Vermont

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Waterville, Vermont


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Waterville, Vermont
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Waterville, Vermont
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 44°42′52″N72°44′56″W / 44.71444°N 72.74889°W / 44.71444; -72.74889 Coordinates: 44°42′52″N72°44′56″W / 44.71444°N 72.74889°W / 44.71444; -72.74889
Country United States
State Vermont
County Lamoille
  Total 16.4 sq mi (42.5 km2)
  Land 16.4 sq mi (42.5 km2)
  Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 981 ft (299 m)
Population (2000)
  Total 697
  Density 42.5/sq mi (16.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05492
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-77425 [1]
GNIS feature ID 1462246 [2]
Website http://www.watervillevt.org/

Waterville is a town in Lamoille County, Vermont, United States. The population was 697 at the 2000 census.

New England town Basic unit of local government in each of the six New England federated states of the United States

The New England town, generally referred to simply as a town in New England, is the basic unit of local government and local division of state authority in each of the six New England states and without a direct counterpart in most other U.S. states. New England towns overlay the entire area of a state, similar to civil townships in other states where they exist, but they are fully functioning municipal corporations, possessing powers similar to cities in other states. New Jersey's system of equally powerful townships, boroughs, towns, and cities is the system which is most similar to that of New England. New England towns are often governed by a town meeting legislative body. The great majority of municipal corporations in New England are based on the town model; statutory forms based on the concept of a compact populated place are uncommon, though they are prevalent elsewhere in the U.S. County government in New England states is typically weak at best, and in some states nonexistent. Connecticut, for example, has no county governments, nor does Rhode Island. Both of those states retain counties only as geographic subdivisions with no governmental authority, while Massachusetts has abolished eight of fourteen county governments so far. With few exceptions, counties serve mostly as dividing lines for the states' judicial systems.

Lamoille County, Vermont County in the United States

Lamoille County is a county located in the U.S. state of Vermont. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,475, making it the third-least populous county in Vermont. Its shire town is the town of Hyde Park. The county was created in 1835 and organized the following year.

Vermont State of the United States of America

Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders the U.S. states of Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Vermont is the second-smallest by population and the sixth-smallest by area of the 50 U.S. states. The state capital is Montpelier, the least populous state capital in the United States. The most populous city, Burlington, is the least populous city to be the most populous city in a state. As of 2015, Vermont was the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States. In crime statistics, it was ranked as the safest state in the country in 2016.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 16.4 square miles (42.5 km2), of which 16.4 square miles (42.5 km2) is land and 0.06% is water.

United States Census Bureau Bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 193
1820 27341.5%
1830 48878.8%
1840 61025.0%
1850 75323.4%
1860 747−0.8%
1870 573−23.3%
1880 547−4.5%
1890 5775.5%
1900 529−8.3%
1910 485−8.3%
1920 469−3.3%
1930 370−21.1%
1940 3864.3%
1950 4096.0%
1960 332−18.8%
1970 39719.6%
1980 47018.4%
1990 53213.2%
2000 69731.0%
2010 673−3.4%
Est. 2014687 [3] 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census [4]

As of the census [1] of 2000, there were 697 people, 260 households, and 186 families residing in the town. The population density was 42.5 people per square mile (16.4/km2). There were 284 housing units at an average density of 17.3 per square mile (6.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.27% White, 0.43% Native American, 0.29% Asian, and 2.01% from two or more races.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include agriculture, business, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to co-ordinate international practice.

Population density A measurement of population numbers per unit area or volume

Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume; it is a quantity of type number density. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and most of the time to humans. It is a key geographical term. In simple terms population density refers to the number of people living in an area per kilometer square.

There were 260 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 2.98.

Marriage Social union or legal contract between people called spouses that creates kinship

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognised union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between those spouses, as well as between them and any resulting biological or adopted children and affinity. The definition of marriage varies around the world not only between cultures and between religions, but also throughout the history of any given culture and religion, evolving to both expand and constrict in who and what is encompassed, but typically it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. A marriage ceremony is known as a wedding.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,453, and the median income for a family was $42,857. Males had a median income of $34,250 versus $22,917 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,081. About 6.8% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Per capita income mean income of the people in an economic unit such as a country or city

Per capita income (PCI) or average income measures the average income earned per person in a given area in a specified year. It is calculated by dividing the area's total income by its total population.

Church St and the covered bridge in Waterville, VT, in winter WatervilleVT Bridge Winter.jpg
Church St and the covered bridge in Waterville, VT, in winter


Waterville, Vermont is mentioned in an episode of Fox Network's television show Fringe "Brave New World, Part 2", as the epicenter of a microquake timed with microquakes in Albany, New York and Worcester, Massachusetts, in an attempt to collapse two universes and create a new one. [5]

<i>Fringe</i> (TV series) American science fiction television series

Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox network on September 9, 2008, and concluded on January 18, 2013, after five seasons and 100 episodes. The series follows Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop, and Walter Bishop, all members of the fictional Fringe Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, based in Boston, Massachusetts, under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses fringe science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences, which are related to mysteries surrounding a parallel universe.

"Brave New World" is the two-part finale of the fourth season of the Fox science-fiction drama television series Fringe, and the series' 86th and 87th episodes overall. The episode, at the time of its writing and production, was created to be a possible series finale if the show was not renewed for a final season. As such, the episode not only resolves many of the plot lines introduced for the fourth season, but also several long-running plots throughout the show's run. In the episode, the Fringe division learns that Walter Bishop's old colleague, William Bell, has been in control of David Robert Jones' actions to collapse both universes in an attempt to create a new universe under his own control, and the Fringe team must make sacrifices to put an end to Bell's plans.

The 20th-century American oil painter Emile Gruppe painted Waterville on several canvases from a variety of visual points of view, almost always including the church, the Lamoille River, and the Church St. covered bridge. Gruppe maintained a seasonal studio and painting school in the nearby village of Jeffersonville, Vermont. [6]

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  1. 1 2 "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. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014" . Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  4. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  5. http://fringepedia.net/wiki/Brave_New_World,_Part_2/Transcript
  6. http://www.emilegruppegallery.com/biographyemileagruppe.html. A Gruppe painting of Waterville appears on http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/5664538
  7. Aldrich, Lewis Cass (1891). History of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, Vermont. Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co. p. 697.