Northfield (town), Vermont
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Northfield Town , Vermont
Northfield, Vermont
Depot Square, Downtown Northfield
Depot Square, Downtown Northfield
"Where the Good Life Begins"[1]
Location in Washington County and the state of Vermont
Location in Washington County and the state of Vermont
Northfield, Vermont is located in the United States
Northfield, Vermont
Northfield, Vermont
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 44°8?28?N 72°39?52?W / 44.14111°N 72.66444°W / 44.14111; -72.66444Coordinates: 44°8?28?N 72°39?52?W / 44.14111°N 72.66444°W / 44.14111; -72.66444
CountryUnited States
 o Total43.6 sq mi (113.0 km2)
 o Land43.5 sq mi (112.7 km2)
 o Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
735 ft (441 m)
 o Total6,207
 o Density140/sq mi (55/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 o Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)802
FIPS code50-50275[3]
GNIS feature ID1462163[4]

Northfield is a town in Washington County, Vermont, United States. The town lies in a valley within the Green Mountains and has been home to Norwich University since 1866. It contains the village of Northfield, where over half of the population lives. The town's total population was 6,207 at the 2010 census.[5]


Northfield was chartered in 1781,[1] and incorporated in 1855.[2] The community was named after Northfield, Massachusetts.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.6 square miles (113.0 km2), of which 43.5 square miles (112.7 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 0.29%, is water.[7]

The geographic center of Vermont is located within the town, with markers on the university campus of the geographical and magnetic centers.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,791 people, 1,819 households, and 1,224 families residing in the town. The population density was 132.5 people per square mile (51.2/km2). There were 1,958 housing units at an average density of 44.8 per square mile (17.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.41% White, 1.02% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 1.33% Asian, 0.43% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.21% of the population.

There were 1,819 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were couples living together and joined in either marriage or civil union, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. Of all households 24.3% were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town, the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 27.2% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 122.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 122.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,523, and the median income for a family was $51,818. Males had a median income of $32,168 versus $24,781 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,592. About 3.2% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.


Norwich University enrolls undergraduate students, and has a large online graduate program.[11]

Winter at Norwich University, the town's main employer, located just south of downtown


Published locally is the Northfield News & Transcript.[12][13] It is a weekly newspaper and was established in 1878 by George Richmond.


The town's largest employer is Norwich University, followed by Cabot Hosiery Mills.[14]




Northfield is served by Green Mountain Transit Agency's commuter route 93 between Montpelier and Northfield.


Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Town of Northfield official website". Town of Northfield official website. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Northfield Vermont". Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Northfield town, Washington County, Vermont". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "Profile for Northfield, Vermont, VT". ePodunk. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Northfield town, Washington County, Vermont". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Vermont History Explorer". Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Norwich University
  12. ^ "The Northfield News". The Northfield News. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ "Times Argus". Times Argus. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "Darn Tough sock factory expansion will add 250 to 300 jobs in Northfield". VTDigger. February 8, 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ Baldwin, Frederick W. (1916). History of Bank of Orleans, Irasburgh National Bank of Orleans, Barton National Bank, Barton Savings Bank and Trust Company. Burlington, VT: Free Press Printing Company. pp. 109-110.
  16. ^ Lasher, George Starr (November 1, 1946). "Makes Adjutant General a Member". The Rattle of Theta Chi. Trenton, NJ: Theta Chi Fraternity: 19.
  17. ^ Doyle, William (2003). "Joint Senate Resolution 130". Vermont State Senate.
  18. ^ Vermont Birth Records, 1909-2008, entry for Reginald Maurice Cram, retrieved December 12, 2013
  19. ^ Ellis, William Arba (1911). Norwich University, 1819-1911; Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor. The Capital City Press. pp. 391. joseph h. denny vermont.
  20. ^ Duffy, John J. (2003). The Vermont Encyclopedia. UPNE. p. 169.
  21. ^ 'History of Walworth County, Wisconsin' volume 1, Adam Clayton Beckwith, B. F. Bowen: Indianapolis, Indiana: 1912, Biographical Sketch of Hollis Latham, pg. 534-535
  22. ^ White, James T. (1922). The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. 18. New York, NY: James T. White & Company. p. 327.
  23. ^ "Charles Paine". Find A Grave. Retrieved 2012.
  24. ^ "PLUMLEY, Charles Albert, (1875 - 1964)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2012.
  25. ^ "PLUMLEY, Frank, (1844 - 1924)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2012.

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