Old Bennington, Vermont

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Old Bennington is a village in Bennington County, Vermont, United States. It is located entirely within the town of Bennington. As of the 2000 census, the village had a population of 232.

The village and its surrounding area were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 as Old Bennington Historic District. It is roughly bounded by the former Rutland railroad bed, Monument Avenue, West Road, Seminary Lane, Elm and Fairview Sreets. The district contains 93 contributing buildings and objects and is noted for its well-preserved Revolutionary War era homes as well as being one of the earliest settlements in Vermont. The centerpiece of the district is the Old First Church (built in 1806 and restored in 1937) and the Bennington Monument. Robert Frost is buried in the cemetery behind the Old First Church.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 232 people, 101 households, and 62 families residing in the village. The population density was 533.6 people per square mile (208.3/km²). There were 118 housing units at an average density of 271.4/sq mi (106.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.10% White, 3.88% African American, 0.86% Asian, and 2.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.59% of the population.

There were 101 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 1.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 17.7% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 25.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $67,500, and the median income for a family was $85,776. Males had a median income of $66,250 versus $48,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $40,884. About 3.6% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 4.4% of those sixty five or over.

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