Shrewsbury, Vermont

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Shrewsbury is a town in Rutland County, Vermont, United States. The town was named for the Earl of Shrewsbury.[3] The population was 1,108 at the 2000 census.

In the late 1980s, Shrewsbury received worldwide attention from the media, when a moose spent several months unsuccessfully courting a local farmer's cow. It is the home of former U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords.

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Local Culture

There are several local businesses, including a breakfast restaurant called Over Easy's, a hair salon, a Ford dealership, and a number of small businesses. However, the vast majority of citizens work outside of the town, many in nearby Rutland.

The town has a small elementary school "Shrewsbury Mountain School", and the high school students attend Mill River Union High School in Clarendon.

The meetinghouse, located in Shrewsbury Center, houses the community church, and is also host to activities such as a talent show and contra dances. The fire department is made up of volunteers and is located in Cuttingsville. There is also a small volunteer library.

The town has a very low crime rate, with only occasional cases of vandalism or burglary. There has not been a murder in Shrewsbury since the 1880s.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.2 square miles (130.0 km2), of which 50.1 square miles (129.6 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km2) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,108 people, 426 households, and 322 families residing in the town. The population density was 22.1 people per square mile (8.5/km2). There were 506 housing units at an average density of 10.1/sq mi (3.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.29% White, 0.18% African American, 0.27% Asian, 0.90% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 426 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.90.

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