Johnson (town), Vermont

Johnson is a town in Lamoille County, Vermont, United States. The population was 3,274 at the 2000 census. Johnson is home of Johnson State College, a part the Vermont State Colleges system. The Vermont Studio Center and The Deep Root Organic Cooperative are located in the village of Johnson, a part of the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.1 square miles (116.8 km²), of which, 45.1 square miles (116.8 km²) of it is land and 0.02% is water.

Town name

According to Esther Munroe Swift's book "Vermont Place-names: Footprints of History" the town of Johnson is named for the American jurist, statesman and educator William Samuel Johnson. Johnson, Vermont and a part of neighboring Cambridge, Vermont were together known as King's College Tract being created by a royal charter of British King George III in 1774. The King's College Tract was reserved for the eventual expansion of Kings College in New York, today's Columbia University. After the Declaration of Independence, Vermont's Council of Censors granted the town to Johnson in 1785.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 3,274 people, 1,170 households, and 669 families residing in the town. The population density was 72.6 people per square mile (28.0/km²). There were 1,263 housing units at an average density of 28.0/sq mi (10.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.58% White, 0.61% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 1,170 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were couples living together and joined in either marriage or civil union, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.8% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 26.4% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,343, and the median income for a family was $38,224. Males had a median income of $28,257 versus $20,610 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,014. About 13.8% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.6% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.


* Rodgers, Steve. "Country Towns of Vermont." McGraw-Hill: 1998. ISBN 1-56626-195-3.
* Strickland, Ron. "Vermonters: Oral Histories from Down Country to the Northeast Kingdom." University Press of New England: 1986. ISBN 0-87451-867-9.
* Swift, Esther Monroe. "Vermont Place Names: Footprints of History." The Stephen Greene Press: 1996 ISBN 0-8289-0291-7.

External links

* [ Johnson Vermont Official Town Website]
* [ Johnson Woolen Mills]
* [ Johnson State College website]
* [ Johnson State College]
* [ Vermont Studio Center]

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