Tinmouth, Vermont

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Coordinates: 42°26′54″N 73°3′3″W / 42.44833°N 73.05083°W / 42.44833; -73.05083 Tinmouth is a town in Rutland County, Vermont, United States. The population was 567 at the 2000 census, the first time since the 1880 census that the town's population has been above 500.[5]

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History

Tinmouth was established in 1761[2] in a region that came to be known as the New Hampshire Grants. At the first U.S. census, the town had a population of 935.[5] Tinmouth's population peaked in 1820, and for the next 150 years the town's population gradually declined, reaching its lowest (268) in 1970.[5]

In early 2007, the citizens of Tinmouth undertook what turned into an "acrimonious"[2] debate about switching from town meeting to the Australian ballot; two separate votes were held, both close, but ending in the decision to make the switch. The first vote was 97-95 in favor of the switch, the second was 112-104.[2]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.4 square miles (73.6 km²), of which, 28.3 square miles (73.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.42%) is water.

According to one estimate,[2] 40% of the town's land has been protected from development by conservation easements, which includes those held by the Vermont Land Trust and state land set aside in a to safeguard Tinmouth Channel; an additional 26% is acreage enlisted in the Vermont Land Use Tax program, which also limits development.

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