Westfield, Vermont

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Westfield is a town in Orleans County, Vermont in the United States. The population was 503 at the 2000 census. It is the least densely populated (most rural) town in the county. The town was founded in 1780 and named after Rhode Island general and politician, William West, a supporter of Vermont statehood.

Westfield is home to the Monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a contemplative order of women, following the Benedictine rule.[3]

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Government

Town

  • Chair, Select Board - Yves Daigle
  • Selectmen - Richard Degre (2010)
  • Town Clerk - Connie LaPlume
  • Auditor - Deanna Bucher
  • Lister - Richard Shover (2010)
  • Delinquent tax collector - Joyce Crawford
  • Constable - Norman Piette
  • Town Agent - Dianne Laplante
  • Town Grand Juror - Philip Gonyaw
  • Community Center Board - Board of Selectmen
  • Hitchcock Museum and Library Trustee - Joan Liddy

The Planning Commissioners are appointed rather than elected, as they are in most towns.[4]

School District

The town is part of the joint Jay/Westfield Elementary School District, K-6.

  • Budget - $370,955 (total district budget - $908,429)

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.2 square miles (104.1 km2), all of it land.

Hazens Notch is located in town.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 503 people, 200 households, and 141 families residing in the town. The population density was 12.5 people per square mile (4.8/km2). There were 339 housing units at an average density of 8.4/sq mi (3.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.02% White, 0.40% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 2.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.59% of the population.

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