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Overview

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 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 including Burton Island State Park, Knight Point State Park, and Woods Island State Park. 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 where visitors can spend a quiet evening milling about 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 Michael's College, and Middlebury College.

Demographics

People

Total Population20,688
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens13%
Employed Population 16+11,591
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married56.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher51.2%
Median Earnings25+$42,138
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,734
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,449

Wealth

Median Family Income$94,857
% Above Poverty Level93.1%
% Below Poverty Level6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone24.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,116
Median House Value$277,900

Ancestry

Irish18.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.3%
English15%
French Except Basque13.7%
German13.1%
Canadian8.2%
Italian7.4%
Scottish4.2%
Polish4.1%
African2.1%
Swedish1.2%
Welsh1.1%
Dutch1.1%
Ethiopian1%
Hungarian1%
Lithuanian0.9%
Arab0.8%
Norwegian0.5%
Romanian0.4%
Russian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Czech0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
US/American0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Essex Almanac

CategoryValue
County Chittenden County
P.O. Box Zip Codes5451
Phone Area Codes802
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude44.52
Approximate Longitude-73.05

Essex Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Essex Public Libraries

Essex Free
2 JERICHO RD.
Essex, Vermont
(802) 879-0313

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