Richmond, Vermont

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Richmond is a town in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. The population was 4,090 at the 2000 census. Local students attend Mount Mansfield Union High School, Camel's Hump Middle School, And Richmond Elementary School. Mount Mansfield Union High is in the neighboring town of Jericho.

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History

Settlement was first attempted in 1775 by Amos Brownson and John Chamberlain with their families, but they abandoned it that fall until after the close of the Revolutionary War. In the spring of 1784 they returned, now accompanied by others. Richmond was incorporated by the General Assembly on October 27, 1794, then organized in 1795. The Winooski River and Huntington River provided sites for water mills, and various industries manufactured wagons, harness, tinware, brass, cabinet work and wooden ware. By 1859, the population was 1,453.

Richmond is noted for the Round Church, a rare 16-sided meetinghouse built in 1812-1813.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.3 square miles (83.7 km2), of which, 31.8 square miles (82.5 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it (1.52%) is water. Richmond is bisected by the Winooski River and Huntington River, and located in the western foothills of the Green Mountains.

The town is crossed by I-89.svg Interstate 89 and US 2.svg US Route 2, as well as the New England Central Railroad.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,090 people, 1,504 households, and 1,100 families residing in the town. The population density was 128.4 people per square mile (49.6/km2). There were 1,528 housing units at an average density of 48.0/sq mi (18.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.36% White, 0.05% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

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