Searsburg, Vermont

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Searsburg is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, United States. The population was 96 at the 2000 census.

Searsburg is the home of a six megawatt wind turbine farm owned by Green Mountain Power. The town officers have supported the electrical generating station consisting of multiple towers atop a ridgeline in a prime black bear mating habitat. There is a massive expansion proposed for the generating station. Seventeen 410' tall turbines would be located within the Green Mountain National Forest and enclose most of the higher altitudes of the town. In 2007, town residents voted overwhelmingly to oppose the expansion. In 2008, after developers promised to compensate the town monetarily, the town residents voted in favor of the project.[citation needed]

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.6 square miles (55.9 km²), of which, 21.5 square miles (55.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.19%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 96 people, 40 households, and 24 families residing in the town. The population density was 4.5 people per square mile (1.7/km²). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 4.0/sq mi (1.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White.

There were 40 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 2.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 33.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 152.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 133.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $17,500, and the median income for a family was $31,667. Males had a median income of $28,333 versus $25,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,472. There were 10.0% of families and 17.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including 12.9% of under eighteens and 35.7% of those over 64.

Third-party support

Searsburg has a history of unusually good showings for third-party candidates in Presidential elections.

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