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    Population Trends
      Waitsfield Washington
    County
    Vermont
    Year

    Pop.

    % of
    Change

    Pop.

    % of
    Change

    Pop.

    % of
    Change

    1900
    760 -- 36,607 -- 343,641 --
    1910
    709 -6.7% 41,702 13.9% 355,956 3.6%
    1920
    682 -3.8% 38,921 -6.7% 352,428 -1.0%
    1930
    723 6.0% 41,733 7.2% 359,611 2.0%
    1940
    706 -2.4% 41,546 -0.4% 359,231 -0.1%
    1950
    661 -6.4% 42,860 3.2% 377,747 5.2%
    1960
    658 -0.5% 42,870 0% 389,811 3.2%
    1970
    837 27.2% 47,659 11.2% 444,732 14.1%
    1980
    1,302 55.3% 52,393 9.9% 511,456 15.0%
    1990
    1,422 9.2% 54,928 4.8% 562,758 10.0%
    2000
    1,659 16.7% 58,039 5.7% 608,827 8.2%
    2001*
    1,675 1.0% 58,527 0.8% 612,824 0.7%
    2002*
    1,686 0.7% 58,912 0.7% 616,274 0.6%
    2003*
    1,694 0.5% 58,941 0.1% 619,092 0.5%
    2004*
    1,707 0.8% 59,118 0.3% 621,233 0.4%
    2005*
    1,719 0.7% 59,478 0.6% 623,050 0.3%
    * Population estimates
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau
      The year 1960 marked the first time in 100 years that Vermont's population increased between census periods.  It also marked the beginning of a significant period of population growth in Waitsfield.  Although Waitsfield's rate of growth in the 1990s was less than neighboring Fayston and Warren, its rate of growth was nearly three times that of Washington County.


    Age Composition, 2000 (Percentage of Total Pop.)
    Town
    < 5 yrs
    5-17 yrs
    18-34 yrs
    35-64 yrs
    65+ yrs
    Fayston
    6.1%
    16.7%
    17.4%
    50.2%
    9.6%
    Moretown
    6.2%
    20.4%
    18.6%
    45.4%
    9.4%
    Waitsfield
    5.2%
    16.1%
    19.7%
    46.8%
    12.2%
    Warren
    4.2%
    18.7%
    18.3%
    49.2%
    9.6%
    Washington County
    5.4%
    18.1%
    20.8%
    42.8%
    12.9%
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau
     
      Mad River Valley Population Growth
     
    1980
    1990
    2000
    Change (#)
    Change (%)
    1980-90
    1990-00
    1980-90
    1990-00
    Duxbury
    877
    976
    1,289
    99
    313
    11.3%
    32.1%
    Fayston
    657
    846
    1,141
    189
    295
    28.8%
    34.9%
    Moretown
    1,221
    1,415
    1,653
    194
    238
    15.9%
    16.8%
    Waitsfield
    1,302
    1,422
    1,659
    120
    237
    9.2%
    16.7%
    Warren
    877
    976
    1,289
    99
    313
    11.3%
    32.1%
    Washington County
    877
    976
    1,289
    99
    313
    11.3%
    32.1%
    Vermont
    877
    976
    1,289
    99
    313
    11.3%
    32.1%
    Source: U.S. Census; Waitsfield Town Plan, 2005
         

    Valley Households, 2000
    Fayston
    Moretown
    Waitsfield
    Warren
    Mad River
    Valley
    Washington
    County
    Vermont
    Total Number
    484
    650
    734
    742
    2,610
    23,659
    240,634
    Average Size
    2.36
    2.54
    2.26
    2.27
    2.35
    2.36
    2.44
    Percent Family
    64.5%
    67.2%
    66.1%
    58.9%
    64.0%
    63.6%
    65.6%
    Percent Non-family
    35.5%
    32.8%
    33.9%
    41.1%
    36.0%
    36.4%
    34.4%
    Percent w/ Children
    31.4%
    37.2%
    29.8%
    29.1%
    31.8%
    32.6%
    33.6%
    Percent Single Parent
    5.6%
    7.7%
    8.3%
    6.2%
    7.02%
    8.8%
    8.5%
    Percent 65+ Years, Alone
    5.6%
    7.7%
    6.5%
    5.9%
    6.5%
    10.2%
    9.5%
    Median Household Income
    $53,472
    $47,750
    $45,77
    $47,437
    NA
    $40,972
    $40,856
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau
    Waitsfield Town Plan, 2005



    Average Household Size
    Year
    Waitsfield
    Washington
    County
    Vermont
    1970
    -
    3.37
    3.37
    1980
    -
    2.81
    2.87
    1990
    2.48
    2.62
    2.67
    2000
    2.26
    2.45
    ---
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau
     
    Total Housing Units, Montpelier
    Year
    1980
    1990
    2000
    Total Year-
    round Units
    3,427
    3,741
    3,863
    % Renter-
    Occupied
    44%
    43%
    45%
    % Vacant
    5%
    5%
    3%
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau

    Median Housing Values/Costs
     
    Montpelier
    Washington
    County
    Vermont
    Median Value Owner-Occupied Housing, 2000
    $108,000
    $105,200
    $111,200
    Median Gross Rent, 2000
    $514
    $519
    $553
    Median Price of Primary Residences Sold, 2003*
    $133,950
    $129,000
    $145,000
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau
    * Source: Vermont Property Transfer Data, obtained at http://www.housingdata.org


    Age of Housing Stock
    Year Built
    Number of
    Buildings
    % of
    Total
    1999 to Mar 2000
    16
    0.4%
    1995 to 1998
    19
    0.5%
    1990 to 1994
    113
    2.9%
    1980 to 1989
    415
    10.6%
    1970 to 1979
    380
    9.7%
    1960 to 1969
    362
    9.3%
    1940 to 1959
    558
    14.3%
    1930 or earlier
    2,036
    52.2%
    Total
    3,899
    100%
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau

    Links (Documents and outside links will open in a separate window)
    Documents Waitsfield Town Plan (2005) - Chapter 5. Population (5 pages, 594 KB)
     
    Data Sources
    Vermont State Data Center for U.S. Census Bureau information & data
    Vermont Housing Data
    Vermont Social & Economic Indicators
    Vermont Community Data Bank
    Vermont School Report
    Tech Support Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs
    Vermont Planning Information Center
    Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission




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