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Bennington County, Vermont

Bennington County, Vermont
Bennington County courthouse in Manchester
Map of Vermont highlighting Bennington County
Location in the state of Vermont
Map of the United States highlighting Vermont
Vermont's location in the U.S.
Founded 1778
Shire Town Bennington & Manchester
Largest town Bennington
 • Total 678 sq mi (1,756 km2)
 • Land 675 sq mi (1,748 km2)
 • Water 2.7 sq mi (7 km2), 0.4%
 • (2010) 37,125
 • Density 55/sq mi (21/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .us.vt.bennington.rpcwww

Bennington County is a county in the U.S. state of Vermont. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,125.[1] The shire towns (county seats) are Bennington (the Southshire) and Manchester (the Northshire).[2] Its largest town is Bennington. The county was created in 1778.[3]

Bennington County comprises the Bennington, VT Micropolitan Statistical Area.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • National protected areas 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Politics 4
  • Education 5
  • Law enforcement 6
  • Transportation 7
    • Major highways 7.1
    • Bus 7.2
    • Air 7.3
  • Communities 8
    • Towns 8.1
    • Villages 8.2
    • Census-designated places 8.3
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Bennington is the oldest county in Vermont still in existence, created by the first general assembly on 17 March 1778.[4] Vermont was organized into two original counties, with Bennington in the west and Unity (a few days later renamed Cumberland) in the east.[5] On 16 February 1781 Rutland County was created from Bennington County.[6] On 13 April 1781 Bennington gained the gore east of the town of Bromley (now Peru) from Windham and Windsor Counties.[7]

From 26 June 1781 until 23 February 1782, Vermont attempted to annex part of New York east of the Hudson River (the so-called West Union); inhabitants in the area favored Vermont's township form of government, while Vermont hoped to gain bargaining power through expansion.[8] New York did not lose control of the area. For almost seven months Bennington County overlapped part of Albany County, New York.[9]

On 27 February 1787 Windham County gained the town of Stratton from Bennington County,[10] On 25 October 1805 Rutland County gained from the county when the town of Mount Tabor gained from the town of Peru.[11] The county gained from Rutland County when the town of Dorset gained a small area from the town of Mount Tabor on 17 November 1825.[12]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 678 square miles (1,760 km2), of which 675 square miles (1,750 km2) is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) (0.4%) is water.[13]

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


As of the census[19] of 2000, there were 36,994 people, 14,846 households, and 9,917 families residing in the county. The population density was 55 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 19,403 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.75% White, 0.42% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.5% were of Irish, 16.0% English, 10.5% French, 9.1% German, 9.0% American, 8.1% Italian and 6.3% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.4% spoke English, 1.2% Spanish and 1.2% French as their first language.

There were 14,846 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.10% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,926, and the median income for a family was $46,565. Males had a median income of $31,982 versus $23,632 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,193. About 7.00% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.40% of those under age 18 and 7.90% of those age 65 or over.


Presidential election results[20]
Year Democrat Republican
2012 65.5% 11,514 32.3% 5,687
2008 65.5% 12,524 32.1% 6,133
2004 58.1% 11,069 40.0% 7,616
2000 51.0% 9,021 41.2% 7,284


Bennington is home to Bennington College and Southern Vermont College. The Community College of Vermont and Vermont Technical College also have campuses in downtown Bennington.

Bennington County is home to these high schools:

Law enforcement

Bennington County is home to these local law enforcement agencies:

  • Bennington Police Department
  • Manchester Police Department
  • Winhall Police Department

The Bennington County Sheriff's Department and Vermont State Police are two other sources of law enforcement for the county, especially in towns without their own local police departments.


GMCN bus in Bennington

Major highways

Bennington County is crossed by:


The main public transportation provider in Bennington County is the Green Mountain Community Network, whose Green Mountain Express bus system has five local bus routes in and around the town of Bennington and three commuter routes to Manchester; Wilmington; Williamstown, Massachusetts; and points in between as of September 29, 2014. Readsboro is served out of Wilmington by Southeast Vermont Transit's (formerly the Deerfield Valley Transit Association) fare free MOOver bus. There are also commuter buses to Rutland from Manchester and a regional bus line to Albany, New York from Bennington via Marble Valley Regional Transit District and Yankee Trails World Travel, respectively. Premier Coach's Vermont Translines (a partner of Greyhound) also stops in Bennington and Manchester on its intercity bus route between Albany and Burlington.


William H. Morse State Airport is a public-use, small state owned airport west of downtown Bennington, serving private aviation interests. Commercial airlines are available at Albany International Airport to the west in New York State, and to the north at Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport in Rutland County.


Downtown Arlington



Villages are census divisions, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.

Census-designated places

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Vermont: Individual County Chronologies". Vermont Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.  
  4. ^ Vermont History Timeline
  5. ^ Vt. State Papers, 12:43–44.
  6. ^ Vermont State Papers, 13:5–6.
  7. ^ Vt. State Papers, 13:19.
  8. ^ Vt. State Papers, 13:45–46; Newton, 83–87; Williamson, C., 101–102.
  9. ^ Vt. State Papers, 3, pt. 2: 67–68.
  10. ^ Vt. State Papers, 14:173–175.
  11. ^ McCarty, "Evolution," 134; Vt. Laws 1805, ch. 15/pp. 19–20.
  12. ^ McCarty, "Evolution," 140; Vt. Laws 1825, no 18/p. 25; Vt. Laws 1832, no. 25/p. 25.
  13. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  17. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  19. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  20. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2011-06-11. 

External links

  • Bennington County Sheriff's Department
  • National Register of Historic Places listing for Bennington Co., Vermont

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