Rupert, Vermont

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Rupert is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, United States. The population was 704 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.6 square miles (115.5 km2), of which, 44.6 square miles (115.5 km2) of it is land and 0.02% is water.


Many historians agree that a man named Benning Wentwort gave Rupert its name, naming it after Prince Rupert of the Rhine (1619–1682).[citation needed] Prince Rupert was a prominent figure in the English Civil Wars and afterwards.

One of Rupert's first settlers was Reuben Harmon, a metalsmith, who was given the right to mint coins, called Vermont coppers, for the Republic of Vermont. Harmon's Mint is still standing today in East Rupert on a small stream known as Hagar's Brook.[citation needed]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 704 people, 295 households, and 205 families residing in the town. The population density was 15.8 people per square mile (6.1/km2). There were 449 housing units at an average density of 10.1/sq mi (3.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.72% White, 0.14% Native American and 0.14% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.

There were 295 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were couples living together and joined in either marriage or civil union, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

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