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St. Albans City, Vermont

St. Albans is a city in and the shire town[1] (county seat)[2] of Franklin County, Vermont, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 7,650. St Albans City is completely surrounded by St. Albans town, which is incorporated separately from the city of St. Albans. The city and area are part of the Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Main Street in 1909

One of the New Hampshire grants, St. Albans was chartered by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth on August 17, 1763 to Stephen Pomeroy and 63 others. Named after St. Albans in Hertfordshire, England, it was first settled during the Revolution by Jesse Walden. The war, however, delayed further settlement until 1785, when many others began arriving. Farmers found the rich, dark loam suitable for cultivation, as well as for the raising of cattle, horses and sheep. The town produced butter and cheese in great quantities. [3] It also became known as "Railroad City," home to a major depot, operations center and repair shop of the Vermont and Canada Railroad. [4] When the town was incorporated in 1859, it had an iron foundry, a manufacturer of freight cars, and a large number of mechanic shops. [5]

The northernmost engagement of the Civil War, known as the St. Albans Raid, occurred here on October 19, 1864. In 1902, the city of St. Albans was incorporated, comprising two square miles (518 hectares) within the town of St. Albans. Today, it is a tourist destination noted for its Victorian and Craftsman style architecture built during the railroad era, when over 200 trains a day passed through. [6] St. Albans is a research target for genealogists, as European immigrants heading for the United States would sometimes land at Halifax, Nova Scotia or Montreal, then take a train through the border crossing here. The National Archives (NARA) lists for St. Albans cover the period 1895-1954. [7]


St. Albans is called "The Maple Syrup Capital of the World," and in late April sponsors the annual Vermont Maple Festival. The festival includes many different food-related contests, as well as a footrace from Swanton, 8.2 miles (13.2 km) to the north. [8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km2), all of it land. The city is surrounded by the town of St. Albans, with its lush farmland across gently rolling hills. The city is drained by Stevens Brook.

St. Albans is crossed by Interstate 89, U.S. Route 7, as well as Vermont Route 36, 38, 104 and 105. It is about 15 miles (24 km) from Vermont's border with Quebec.


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 7,650 people, 3,235 households, and 1,937 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,768.2 people per square mile (1,455.0/km2). There were 3,376 housing units at an average density of 1,662.9/sq mi (642.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.87% White, 0.39% Black or African American, 1.20% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. 0.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,235 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.


St. Albans is governed via a mayor and city council. The city council consists of six member each elected from individual wards. The mayor is elected in a citywide vote.



Personal income

The median income for a household in the city was $37,221, and the median income for a family was $44,286. Males had a median income of $31,340 versus $23,262 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,853. About 8.5% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.


The USCIS has a service center in St. Albans.

Notable residents

Church Street in 1909

See also



Saint Albans is the northern terminus of the Vermonter, an all-coach train operated by Amtrak, the national passenger rail system. This train operates daily from Saint Albans to and from Washington, D.C. and points between.

The train formerly continued on from Saint Albans to Montreal and was named the Montrealer, but that connection is now accomplished by bus.


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Coordinates: 44°48′41″N 73°05′06″W / 44.81139°N 73.08500°W / 44.81139; -73.08500


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