Introduction to Montpelier, Vermont

Montpelier is the capital of Vermont and is located in Washington County. The Winooski River runs along the southern edge of the downtown area. The city is surrounded by granite ridges and numerous hills. Montpelier is recognized as a major center for arts and entertainment for the region.


It's been estimated that by 1200 AD large settlements were located all over the area. Europeans entered the region beginning in 1600 and due to war with the Native Americans, the vast majority of the Indian villages were destroyed. Years later the area was chartered as a city in 1781. Montpelier was chosen as the location for the state capital in 1805. The arrival of a railroad during the mid-1800s created a thriving economy. By the year 1925 the city was home to nine granite works which were utilized to refine stone that was extracted from the quarries located in Barre.

The timber industry was thriving in the area during the early portion of the 19th century. In 1927 a powerful flood did enormous damage to the city. The town grew at a slow pace during the late 19th century and the early stages of the 20th century due to citizens migrating west and moving to industrial cities in the New England area.


Montpelier is served by Amtrak. Bus services are provided by the Green Mountain Transit Authority. The city is served by the Burlington International Airport which is approximately 35 miles from Montpelier.


  • The Vermont State House is an impressive building featuring an attractive gold leaf dome
  • The Vermont Historical Society Museum
  • T.W. Wood Art Gallery is situated in College Hall which is part of the Vermont College campus.
  • Green Mount Cemetery
  • Hubbard Park and Tower offers hiking and skiing trails and an observation tower that provides superb views of the city
  • North Branch Nature Center
  • The Two Rivers Center Farm

Outdoor Activities

The city provides numerous locations for bicycle riding. Canoeing in the Winooski River is a popular activity. The Hubbard and North Branch River Parks provide a large number of trails for cross-country skiing and hiking. Downhill skiing opportunities are located close to the city. Three distinct walking tours showcase the attractive historic buildings located in Montpelier. Visitors enjoy the State Street, Mains Street and the College Street Tours.

Higher Education

The city is home to Vermont College which is associated with Union Institute and University. Woodbury College and the Community College of Vermont are located in Montpelier.


Total Population 7,712
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 16.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,925
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 45.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $76,558
% Above Poverty Level 88.9%
% Below Poverty Level 11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 8.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 18.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%


People Living Alone 38.1%
Median Gross Rent $892
Median House Value $229,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.4%
US/American 0%
English 18.6%
Irish 17.2%

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

Montpelier Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 103 miles NW of Manchester, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 152 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Washington
Standard Zip Codes 05602
P.O. Box Zip Codes 05601
Company Zip Codes 05603, 05604, 05609, 05620, 05633
Phone Area Codes 802
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.26
Longitude -72.575

Montpelier Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.2 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 18 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
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 18 F
Apr Temp 24 to 39 F
Jul Temp 52 to 66 F
Oct Temp 31 to 45 F
Annual Precip 78.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Berlin (05602)

East Montpelier Center (05602)

Gould Hill (05602)

Jones Brook (05602)

Middlesex (05602)

Middlesex Center (05602)

Montpelier Junction (05602)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barre 8,885 $57,764
Bolton 1,236 $93,068
Duxbury 1,378 $84,000
Northfield 2,181 $68,333
Plainfield 278 $69,063
Waterbury 1,815 $84,417

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

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Kellog i.e. Kellogg-Hubbard Library c1904.

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Kellog i.e. Kellogg-Hubbard Library c1904.

State Street and Pavilion Hotel c1904.

Pavilion Hotel 1904 (est.)

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