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  •   State: 
    Washington County
      County all: 
    Washington | Orange | Caledonia
      County FIPS: 
    50023 | 50017 | 50005
    44°11′40.7″N 72°30′23.4″W
      Area total: 
    3.98 sq mi (10.31 km²)
      Area land: 
    3.95 sq mi (10.22 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.03 sq mi (0.08 km²)
    609 ft (186 m)
    Incorporated 1895
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Barre, VT
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Barre, Washington County, Vermont, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,160.63 residents per square mile of area (834.29/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Barre (BARR-ee) is the most populous city in Washington County, Vermont, United States. As of the 2020 census, the municipal population was 8,491. It is the main city in the Barre-Montpelier micropolitan area, which has nearly 60,000 residents and is Vermont's third largest metropolitan area after those of Burlington and Rutland. Barre is the self-proclaimed "Granite Center of the World". Initially established with the discovery of vast granite deposits at Millstone Hill soon after the War of 1812, the granite industry and the city itself saw a boom with the arrival of the railroad. Large numbers of people migrated to Barre from Italy, Scotland, Spain, Scandinavia, Greece, Lebanon, Canada, and a number of other countries. In 1936 the granite quarry in Barre carved out a 35-ton cross from one section of stone in the quarry. The old Socialist Labor Party Hall is still standing, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. In 1916 and in 1929 the city elected a Socialist Party candidate as mayor of Barre. The city is served by Interstate 89, Vermont Route 62, and Vermont Route 14, Vermont. It has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), land drained by the Stevens Branch River, Jail Branch River and the Winooski River, all all tributaries of the U.S. Route 302. In 1895, Barre Town was set off and incorporated as the separate city.


Barre is the primary city name, but also Orange are acceptable city names or spellings, Barre Jct, Barre Junction, Berlin, Boutswells, East Hill, Lower Websterville, Trow Hill on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. Barre is the self-proclaimed "Granite Center of the World" It was established with the discovery of vast granite deposits at Millstone Hill soon after the War of 1812. Large numbers of people migrated to Barre from Italy, Scotland, Spain, Scandinavia, Greece, Lebanon, Canada, and a number of other countries. The Italian immigrants in particular brought a radical, largely anarchist labor movement to the city. In 1916 and in 1929 the city elected a Socialist Party candidate as mayor of Barre. The old Socialist Labor Party Hall is still standing, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. In 1936 the granite quarry in Barre carved out a 35-ton cross from one section of stone in the quarry. The granite industry and the city itself saw a boom with the arrival of the railroad. In the 1920s and 1930s, a series of granite strikes roiled the city; some disputes concerned wages, but workers increasingly mobilized to address health and hazard in the quarries and "sheds" The strike of 1922, arguably fought to a draw, raised ethnic tensions; French Canadians were painted as strikebreakers. The Quarry Workers' International Union of North America was based in. Barre is now the site of a recreational, wooded trail network, where the mining holes and grout piles are still peppered throughout. Many sculpture artists prefer it for outdoor sculpture. The city's granite is sought after worldwide for its fine grain, even texture, and superior weather resistance.

Geography and climate

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), all land. Barre is drained by the Stevens Branch River and Jail Branch River, tributaries of the Winooski River. The city is served by Interstate 89, U.S. Route 302, Vermont Route 14 and Vermont Route 62. It is bordered by the town of Berlin to the west, but is otherwise surrounded by the separate Town of Barre. The town is home to one of Vermont's oldest theaters, the Barre Opera House, which was founded in the early 1800s. It was the first theater in the state, opening in 1801. It has been the home of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra since the early 1900s. The Barre Symphony Orchestra has been playing in the city for more than 50 years. It also has a symphony hall, which opened in the late 1930s, and a bar and restaurant, which has since been named after the town's founder, William Barre, who was born in the town in 1805. The bar is located on the site of the former town hall, where it was built in the 19th century. The current town hall is located in the center of the town, near the intersection of Interstate 89 and Vermont State Route 14. In the early 20th century, the town was known as "Barre" because of its association with the city's former president, George W. W. Bush.


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,291 people, 4,220 households, and 2,253 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 97.40% White, 0.48% Black or African American, 1.68% Hispanic or Latino of any race, and 0.89% from two or more races. The city's population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 69, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.5 males. For each 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.6 males. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was2.86. The median income for a household in theCity was $30,393, and the median incomes for a family was $42,660. The per capita income for the City was $18,724. About 9.9%. of families and13.0%. of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.2%. of those under 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the city has a population of 9,290 people, including 4,477 housing units. The population density is 2,309.4 people per square mile.

Arts and culture

Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Trouble With Harry premiered at the Paramount Theater in Barre on September 27, 1955. The movie was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and was shot in black-and-white. The theater was one of the first to screen Hitchcock's films in the U.S., along with "The Godfather" and "The Wizard of Oz" The theater is now part of the Vermont Museum of Fine Arts. The museum is also home to the Vermont Granite Museum and the Summer Street Mural Project. The Vermont Museum's website is at:


Barre City has a "weak mayor" form of government. The city is divided into three wards, and each ward elects two members of the city council. Councilors serve staggered two-year terms, so one council seat from each ward is up for election every March. Barre City also elects a full-time city clerk and treasurer. The current Clerk and Treasurer is Carolyn S. Dawes.The city of Barre employs a full time city manager. Steven Mackenzie, a former member of the City Council, currently holds this position. The mayor of Barres City is Jake Hemmerick, who has been in office since 2008. He has been mayor since 2008, and has served two terms. He was elected to a third term in 2012. He is currently serving his third term as mayor. He also served as mayor from 2010 to 2013. He previously served as city manager from 2008 to 2013, when he was elected for a second term. He currently holds the position of city manager for the city of Barre City, Pennsylvania, and is a former city council member. He served a three-year term in the position from 2007 to 2012, and was re-elected for a fourth term in 2014. He currently holds the position of city manager, which he has held since 2013. The city of Barre employs a full- time city clerk and treasurer. It also has a full-time council member.


The Vermont Frost Heaves were a Premier Basketball League (PBL) team. The Vermont Mountaineers are a collegiate summer baseball team. Thunder Road International Speedbowl is the premier motorsports venue in the state. Vermont Governor Phil Scott often participates in the track's "Governor's Cup 150" among other events. The track, which is located in Barre Town, was built in 1958 and has been in operation since 1960. It is also frequented by the American Canadian Tour late-model series of New England, New York, and southeastern Canada. The team was originally owned by Sports Illustrated writer Alexander Wolff. A local group later assumed ownership and operated the Heaves until the team ceased operations in late 2010 and subjected its players to a dispersal draft. The state is also home to the New England Collegiate Baseball League, which plays its home games at nearby Montpelier Recreation Field. The town of Barre is the site of the U.S. Open, which was first held in 1868. It also hosts the World Series of Poker, which has been held at the Barre Auditorium since the early 1980s. It was also the home of the American Football League's Montreal Alouettes, which have been playing in the league since the late 1960s. The city is also the location of the National Hockey League's New England Phantoms, which play their home games in New Hampshire and New York. It has also been the home to several professional football teams, including the New Jersey Generals and the New York Knicks.

Parks and outdoor recreation

City Hall Park is located in the heart of the city. Currier Park is a natural area. The South Barre Bike Path runs through the center of City Hall Park. City Hall is home to the city's municipal swimming pool and a bike path. The city also has a number of other parks and outdoor recreation areas. The park system was established in 1872. It is one of the oldest public parks in the state of New Jersey. It was named for its founder, George C. Hall, who was a member of the town's first council. The town was founded in 1828 and was named after his father, George C. Hall, who served as mayor from 1836 to 1852. The current mayor, Julian Zelizer, took office in 1852 and was re-elected in 1853. He has served two terms as mayor of the City of Barre since 1973. He was elected to a third term in 1998, and is currently in his third term. He is also the current chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of New York at Barre, where he has served since 1998. The City is also home to several other parks, including Canales Woods Park and the Rotary Park, which was established by the city in the early 20th century.

Mayors of Barre

Mayors of Barre since it was incorporated as a city include: Since it was incorporated as a city, Barre has had a number of mayors. The city has also had a mayor since it became a city. Barre's first mayor was elected to office in 1836. The current mayor is Michael Daley, who has been in office since 1969. The last mayor to serve as mayor was James Acker, who was in office from 1973 to 1978. The mayor of the city from 1978 to 1986 was William "Bill" Bradley, who served as mayor from 1986 to 1988. The first mayor to be elected as mayor in the city's history was William Acker (1836-1888), who served from 1868 to 1887. The most recent mayor was William J. "Billy" Williams (1888-1891), who was elected in 1891 and served until 1894. The town was incorporated in 1894 and became Barre in 1892. It was named after Barre, New York City, and was incorporated into the U.S. in 1802. It is the oldest city in the state of New York. It has also been known as Barre for more than a century and a half, and has had many mayors since then. It also has had several mayors since the city was incorporated, including William "Pete" Barre (1894-1896) and William "Buck" Clark (1897-1899.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Barre, Washington County, Vermont = 86. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 60. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 99. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Barre = 2.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 4,272 individuals with a median age of 41.3 age the population dropped by -5.12% in Barre, Washington County, Vermont population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,160.63 residents per square mile of area (834.29/km²). There are average 2.06 people per household in the 4,146 households with an average household income of $37,204 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 5.50% of the available work force and has dropped -1.53% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 31.44%. The number of physicians in Barre per 100,000 population = 225.5.


The annual rainfall in Barre = 34.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 96.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 143. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 156. 78 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 6.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 59, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Barre, Washington County, Vermont which are owned by the occupant = 43.03%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 25.8 years with median home cost = $132,960 and home appreciation of -11.34%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $22.20 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $6,823 per student. There are 11.2 students for each teacher in the school, 349 students for each Librarian and 254 students for each Counselor. 6.85% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 12.70% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 4.55% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Barre's population in Washington County, Vermont of 20,005 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,21-fold to 4,272 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.74% female residents and 47.26% male residents live in Barre, Washington County, Vermont.

    As of 2020 in Barre, Washington County, Vermont are married and the remaining 51.25% are single population.

  • 20.3 minutes is the average time that residents in Barre require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    74.17% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 15.48% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.68% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.80% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Barre, Washington County, Vermont, 43.03% are owner-occupied homes, another 51.27% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.70% are vacant.

  • The 37.28% of the population in Barre, Washington County, Vermont who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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