Jay, Vermont

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Jay is one of the northernmost towns in Orleans County, Vermont, United States, located on the Canadian border. The population was 426 at the 2000 census. Jay is named for John Jay, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. The US Census Bureau estimated that the town's population had increased by 13.1% between 2000–2005, the seventh largest increase in the state.[3] Jay is also home to the Jay Challenge, a three-part stage-race, typically held in July.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.0 square miles (88.0 km2), of which, 33.9 square miles (87.9 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (0.12%) is water.

The highest point in town is North Jay Peak at 3,438 feet (1,048 m) above sea level. Despite their containing the name "Jay", other peaks with this name lie mostly in adjacent Westfield,[4] including Jay Peak itself and Jay Peak Resort.


One November 10, 1943, a Royal Canadian Air Force training plane crashed into the west side of the mountain near the top during a blinding snowfall killing one crew member.[5]


  • Selectmen
    • Michael Brady (2009)
    • Mark Burroughs-Biron (2010)
  • Lister - Frank Baraw
  • Tax Collector - Cindy Vincent
  • Auditor - Edna Cushing
  • Town Agent and Grand Juror - Roger Morin
  • School Board
    • Sally Rivard (2010)
    • Peter Fina (2010)


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 426 people, 158 households, and 115 families residing in the town. The population density was 12.6 people per square mile (4.8/km2). There were 417 housing units at an average density of 12.3/sq mi (4.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.12% White, 0.47% Native American, 0.47% Asian, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

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