Lamoille County, Vermont

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Lamoille County is a county located in the U.S. state of Vermont. In 2000, its population was 23,233. Its shire town is Hyde Park.[1]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 464 square miles (1,201 km²), of which 461 square miles (1,194 km²) is land and 3 square miles (7 km²) (0.60%) is water.

Adjacent counties

History

In 2008, the state notified residents of Belvidere, Eden, Hyde Park, Johnson, Waterville and eight towns in the adjacent counties of Orleans and Franklin, that a review of health records from 1995 to 2006 had revealed that residents within ten miles (16 km) of the former asbestos mine on Belvidere Mountain had higher than normal rates of contracting asbestosis. The state and federal government continues to study this problem.[2][3] In April 2009 the Vermont Department of health released a revised study which found that all of 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 than people living anywhere else in Vermont.[4]

In 2008, the county appeared to have disproportionate power in the legislature with the House Speaker, Shap Smith, from Morrisville, Floyd Nease, house majority leader, Senator Susan Bartlett, from Hyde Park, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and Richard Westman, chair of the House Transportation Committee and the sole Republican.[5]

Demographics

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 23,233 people, 9,221 households, and 5,984 families residing in the county. The population density was 50 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 11,009 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.31% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 15.7% were of English, 14.5% American, 11.9% Irish, 11.4% French, 8.7% French Canadian, 7.0% German and 5.2% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.9% spoke English and 2.4% French at home.

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