Bennington County, Vermont

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Bennington County is a county in the U.S. state of Vermont. As of 2000, the population was 36,994. It has the unusual distinction of having two shire towns (sometimes called county seats). Bennington is known as the South Shire and Manchester is the North Shire[1]. Its largest town is Bennington.



Bennington is the oldest county in Vermont still in existence, formed by a vote of the first general assembly in 1778. The state was split in two, with Bennington in the west.[2]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 678 square miles (1,756.0 km2), of which 676 square miles (1,750.8 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.21%) is water.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 36,994 people, 14,846 households, and 9,917 families residing in the county. The population density was 55 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 19,403 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.75% White, 0.42% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.5% were of Irish, 16.0% English, 10.5% French, 9.1% German, 9.0% American, 8.1% Italian and 6.3% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.4% spoke English, 1.2% Spanish and 1.2% French as their first language.

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