Introduction to Barre, Vermont

Barre, Vermont, in Washington county, is located 98 miles NW of Manchester, New Hampshire (center to center) and is 146 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Barre History

Barre was granted to William Williams and other on November 6, 1780. It was originally named as Wildersburgh. The area was first settled in 1788. John Goldsbury, Samuel Rodgers and their families were the early settlers of Barre. It was renamed after Isaac Barré, who was a British politician and soldier. However, some also believe that it was named after Barre, Massachusetts. The city was incorporated in 1895. Granite deposits were discovered in the area soon after War of 1812. The city is also known as the "Granite Center of the World."

Barre and nearby Attractions

  • Vermont Granite Museum of Barre
  • Boulder Beach State Park
  • Vermont Historical Society Museum
  • Little River State Park
  • State Capitol
  • Seyon Ranch State Park

Things To Do In Barre

While in Barre one can pay a visit to the Allis State Park, Waterbury Center State Park, Little River State Park, and Seyon Ranch State Park. The local parks include the Vermont City Park and Currier Park. One can also visit the Barre Downtown Historic District and Masonic Temple. The Vermont Granite Museum of Barre provides absorbing insights into the history of this area. History buffs should also visit the Vermont Historical Society Museum and State Capitol. Local celebrations include Granite Festival and Homecoming Days.

Barre Transportation

Burlington International Airport is the nearest major air transportation facility.

Barre Higher Education

Norwich University, Middlebury College, and Dartmouth College provide higher education in the area.


Total Population 8,885
Male Share of the Population 45.2%
Female Share of the Population 54.8%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,244
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 37.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $57,764
% Above Poverty Level 81.3%
% Below Poverty Level 18.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 3.1%


People Living Alone 42.1%
Median Gross Rent $727
Median House Value $150,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.8%
US/American 0%
English 19.7%
Irish 17.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Barre Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 98 miles NW of Manchester, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 146 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Washington
Standard Zip Codes 05641
Phone Area Codes 802
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.196
Longitude -72.502

Barre Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 25 F
Apr Temp 32 to 51 F
Jul Temp 57 to 78 F
Oct Temp 36 to 55 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Distance 15 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 27 F
Apr Temp 27 to 53 F
Jul Temp 52 to 80 F
Oct Temp 31 to 57 F
Annual Precip 38.7 inches
Distance 23 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 25 F
Apr Temp 28 to 52 F
Jul Temp 54 to 79 F
Oct Temp 32 to 56 F
Annual Precip 41.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Barre, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Barre Junction (05641)

Berlin (05641)

Boutswells (05641)

East Hill (05641)

Lower Websterville (05641)

Orange (05641)

Trow Hill (05641)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chelsea 319 $44,318
Marshfield 293 $52,656
Montpelier 7,712 $76,558
Northfield 2,181 $68,333
Plainfield 278 $69,063
Williamstown 1,161 $68,654

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Barre Public Libraries

Aldrich Public
Barre, Vermont
(802) 476-7550

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Barre Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
BOX 547
(802) 371-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

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