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Orange County, Vermont

Orange County, Vermont
Orange County Superior Court in Chelsea
Map of Vermont highlighting Orange County
Location in the state of Vermont
Map of the United States highlighting Vermont
Vermont's location in the U.S.
Founded 1781
Shire Town Chelsea
Largest town Randolph
 • Total 692 sq mi (1,792 km2)
 • Land 687 sq mi (1,779 km2)
 • Water 5.2 sq mi (13 km2), 0.8%
 • (2014) 28,859
 • Density 42/sq mi (16/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Orange County is a county located in the U.S. state of Vermont. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,936.[1] Its shire town is Chelsea.[2] Orange County was organized on 2 February 1781 as an original county within the state.

Orange County is part of the Claremont-Lebanon, NH-VT Micropolitan Statistical Area.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
  • Demographics 2
  • Politics 3
  • Education 4
    • Orange North Supervisory Union 4.1
  • Communities 5
    • Towns 5.1
    • Villages 5.2
    • Census-designated place 5.3
    • Unincorporated community 5.4
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 692 square miles (1,790 km2), of which 687 square miles (1,780 km2) is land and 5.2 square miles (13 km2) (0.8%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 28,226 people, 10,936 households, and 7,611 families residing in the county. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 13,386 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.02% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.3% were of English, 12.8% French, 11.5% American, 10.8% Irish, 6.0% German and 5.5% French Canadian ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.4% spoke English and 1.5% French as their first language.

There were 10,936 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.40% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,855, and the median income for a family was $45,771. Males had a median income of $30,679 versus $24,144 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,784. About 6.10% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.


Presidential election results[10]
Year Democrat Republican
2012 64.6% 9,076 32.7% 4,588
2008 64.6% 9,799 33.3% 5,047
2004 54.8% 8,159 43.1% 6,421
2000 45.6% 6,694 46.7% 6,858


The Vermont Technical College is located in Randolph.

The county is served by 4 school districts (supervisory unions):[11]

  • Orange East Supervisory Union (Superintendent: Wendy Baker[12])
  • Orange North Supervisory Union
  • Orange Southwest Supervisory Union
  • Orange Windsor Supervisory Union

Orange County is also home to the Vermont Technical College, located in the town of Randolph.[13]

Orange North Supervisory Union

The union's superintendent is Douglas Shiok,[14] and it includes:[14]

  • Orange Center School (Principal: Richard P. Jacobs[15])
  • Washington Village School (Principal: Charles R. Witters, Jr.[16])
  • Williamstown Elementary School (Principal: Elaine K. Watson[17])
  • Williamstown Middle High School (Principal: Heidi Moccia [middle]; Juanita Burch-Clay [high][18]).




Census-designated place

Unincorporated community

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. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  10. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  11. ^ Education, Vermont Department of (2009-04-30). "Directories : Vermont Supervisory Unions/Districts (O–R)". Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  12. ^ Union, Orange East Supervisory. "Home Page". Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  13. ^ Vermont Technical College
  14. ^ a b Union, Orange North Supervisory. "ONSU Office Staff". Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  15. ^ School, Orange Center (2009-05-16). "Message From The Principal". Archived from the original on September 19, 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  16. ^ School, Washington Village. "Copy: principal's message". Archived from the original on June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  17. ^ School, Williamstown Elementary. "homepage". Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  18. ^ School, Williamstown Middle High. "Williamstown Middle High School, Vermont". Retrieved 2009-05-30. 

External links

  • National Register of Historic Places: Orange County, Vermont
  • The Political Graveyard: Orange County, Vermont

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