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Montpelier, Vermont

county seat in Washington County, Vermont, USA, Vermont federated state capital city

Montpelier /mɒntˈpliər/[1] is a city in the U.S. state of Vermont that serves as the state capital. It is also the shire town[2] (county seat)[3] 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.[4] By population, it is the smallest state capital in the United States.[5] The Vermont History Museum and Vermont College of Fine Arts are in Montpelier.

Montpelier, Vermont
The Vermont State House, the third on this site, was completed in 1859
The Vermont State House, the third on this site, was completed in 1859
Washington County Vermont Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Montpelier highlighted.svg
Country United States
State Vermont
County Washington County
 • Mayor John Hollar
 • Total 10.3 sq mi (27 km2)
 • Land 10.2 sq mi (26 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 600 ft (182 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 8,035 (city proper)
 • Density 784.0/sq mi (302.7/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

The state legislature made Montpelier the state capital in 1805.[6]


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

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Main Street in downtown Montpelier