Eden, Vermont

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Eden is a town in Lamoille County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,152 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 64.3 square miles (166.5 km2), of which, 63.6 square miles (164.7 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (1.10%) is water. The Babcock Nature Preserve, a geologically significant tract of land used by Johnson State College and students of other Vermont State Colleges is located in Eden. The preserve is used for teaching courses in geology, field biology, and field ornithology.

Eden notch is located in Eden on Route 100.

Government

Legislators

The Essex-Orleans Senate district includes the town of Eden, as well as parts or all of Essex County, Orleans County, Franklin County and Lamoille County. It is represented in the Vermont Senate by Vincent Illuzzi (R) and Robert A. Starr (D).

History

An asbestos mine on Belvidere Mountain which operated from 1936 to 1975 left an estimated 3,500,000 cubic yards (2,680,000 m3) of mill tailings. In 2008, the state warned residents of Eden and nearby towns that there was a "health risk" for people living within a ten-mile radius of the mine. Aboveground mill tailings were estimated at 16,000,000 cubic yards (12,000,000 m3).[3] In April 2009, the Vermont Department of Health released a revised study which found that all of the deaths related to the asbestos mine were caused by occupational exposure. The report also concluded that people living near the mines had no increased risk of asbestos-related illness vis-a-vis people living anywhere else in Vermont.[4]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,152 people, 409 households, and 312 families residing in the town. The population density was 18.1 people per square mile (7.0/km2). There were 582 housing units at an average density of 9.2/sq mi (3.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.57% White, 0.17% African American, 1.30% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.43% Pacific Islander, and 2.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.

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