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Location in Washington County and the state of Vermont
Location in Washington County and the state of Vermont
Coordinates: 44°15′35″N 72°34′30″W / 44.25972°N 72.57500°W / 44.25972; -72.57500Coordinates: 44°15′35″N 72°34′30″W / 44.25972°N 72.57500°W / 44.25972; -72.57500
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (village)1818
Incorporated (city)1895
Named forMontpellier, France
 • MayorAnne Watson
 • City ManagerWilliam J. Fraser
 • Total10.3 sq mi (26.6 km2)
 • Land10.2 sq mi (26.5 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.0 km2)
600 ft (182 m)
 • Total7,855 (city proper)
 • Density739.9/sq mi (302.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
05601-05604, 05609, 05620, 05633
FIPS code50-46000[1]
GNIS feature ID1461834[2]

Montpelier /mɒntˈpliər/[3] is a city in the U.S. state of Vermont that serves as the state capital. It is also the shire town[4] (county seat)[5] of Washington County. As the capital of Vermont, Montpelier is the site of the Vermont State House, the seat of the legislative branch of Vermont government. The Vermont State House has a golden dome. The population was 7,855 at the 2010 census.[6] By population, it is the smallest state capital in the United States.[7] The Vermont History Museum and Vermont College of Fine Arts are in Montpelier.

The state legislature made Montpelier the state capital in 1805.[8]


  1. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. Montpelier - Definitions from
  4. Title 24, Part I, Chapter 1, §13, Vermont Statutes. Accessed 2007-11-01.
  5. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. "Montpelier (city) Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  7. Smallest capital city plans big MLK celebration. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  8. "Montpelier History". Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 

Other websites

Main Street in downtown Montpelier