Introduction to Essex, Vermont

Essex is a town situated in the Chittenden County in Vermont, United States. The town is located amidst the imposing Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. Essex is home to approximately 18,626 residents.

Essex History

The town of Essex was named after the Earl of Essex. It was first settled in 1764 and since then several improvements and developments have been made. Prior to 1764 the lands of Essex were a part of the Province of New Hampshire. Between 1777 and 1800 several changes took place in the geographical territory of Essex. The town was finally organized at the October session of the Legislature in 1800. On November 15, 1892, the Village of Essex Junction was formed within the Town of Essex.

Essex and nearby Attractions

  • 1812 Homestead Farm and Museum
  • Hyde Log Cabin
  • Burton Island State Park
  • Smugglers Notch State Park
  • Lake Champlain Waterfront
  • Vermont Ballet Theater

Things To Do In Essex

There are a number of nature parks located in and around the town of Essex. The Burton Island State Park, Knight Point State Park, and Woods Island State Park are places that people can visit. They offer picnic areas and other recreational facilities. Lake Champlain is the sixth largest fresh water lake in the United States. The waterfront at Lake Champlain is a picturesque tourist attraction. The 1812 Homestead Farm and Museum is a working farm and museum. You could spend a quiet evening musing through the farm and its surroundings.

Essex Transportation

Burlington International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Essex Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, Saint Michaels College, and Middlebury College.


Total Population 20,172
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 11,346
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 54.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.2%
Median Earnings25+ $42,301
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,135
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,326


Median Family Income $91,826
% Above Poverty Level 94.4%
% Below Poverty Level 5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%


People Living Alone 26.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,071
Median House Value $266,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.3%
US/American 0%
English 14.7%
Irish 19.9%

Essex Climate

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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Brookside (05452)

Essex Center (05451)

Pinewood (05452)

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

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