Montpelier is the state capital for Vermont and is America’s least populated state capital city. During typical working hours, Vermont’s capital triples due to the large number of jobs held within city limits.
Montpelier’s name was based on the city Montpellier in France, in recognition of French assistance to the American colonies during the Revolutionary War.
The biggest employers in Montpelier, Vermont include the State of Vermont, Central Vermont Medical Center, National Life Group, Sugarbush Resort for skiing, Rock of Ages granite quarry and family-owned farm cooperative Cabot Creamery.
Vermont shipped U$2.99 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Vermontese exports are electronic integrated processors, controllers, circuits and amplifiers, exercise equipment, civilian aircraft, safety headgear and machinery parts according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Montpelier was 2.9% as of May 2017.
Capital Facts for Montpelier, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Bragg Farm Sugar House & Gift Shop, Ethan Allan Statue, Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks and the Vermont State House
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Montpelier, United States:
- Anaïs Mitchell, singer-songwriter (born Mar. 26, 1981)
- Patrick Leahy, senior U.S. senator (born Mar. 31, 1940)
- Richard A. Cody, U.S. army general (born Aug. 2, 1950)
- Bob Yates, professional football player (born Nov. 20, 1938)
- Jim Laird, professional football running back (born Sep. 10, 1897)
- George W. Cate, Wisconsin District Attorney (born Sep. 17, 1825)
- Ruth Payne Burgess, naturalistic painter (born Oct. 11, 1965)
- Arthur E. Scott, professional photographer (born Mar. 14, 1917)
- Thomas Waterman Wood, painter (born Nov. 12, 1823)
- George Howes, Vermont treasurer (born Nov. 14, 1814)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Montpelier resident: Montpelierite
Population: 7,535 (Montpelier city limits)
Density: 739 people per square mile (284 per square kilometer)
Population: 624,594 (Vermont state)
Density: 68 people per square mile (26 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$12.891 billion as of March 2015 (Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $60,015
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Montpelier: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 29, 2017
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Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on June 29, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 29, 2017
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Official Government Website, City of Montpelier official website. Accessed on June 29, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on June 29, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on June 29, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 29, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 29, 2017
Vermont Department of Labor, Labor Force by LMA–with employment and unemployment. Accessed on June 29, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Vermont state flag. Accessed on June 29, 2017
Wikipedia, Montpelier, Vermont. Accessed on June 29, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 29, 2017
Wikipedia, Vermont. Accessed on June 29, 2017
Wikipedia, Washington County, Vermont. Accessed on June 29, 2017
Within city limits, Montpelier occupies 10.2 square miles (26.5 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was an estimated 7,535 Montpelierites in 2016.
The state of Vermont has a land area of 9,222 square miles (23,901 square kilometers) with an overall population of 624,594 inhabitants.
At the city level, Montpelier’s population density is 739 residents per square mile (284 per square kilometer).
Population density diminishes within Vermont state to an average 68 inhabitants per square mile (26 per square kilometer).
Montpelierites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.