Montpelier, Vermont

capital of Vermont, United States and seat of Washington County

Montpelier /mɒntˈpliər/[5] is a city in the U.S. state of Vermont that serves as the state capital. It is also the shire town[6] (county seat)[7] 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 8,074 at the 2020 census.[3] By population, it is the smallest state capital in the United States.[8] The Vermont History Museum and Vermont College of Fine Arts are in Montpelier.

Montpelier, Vermont
The Vermont State House, Montpelier's best-known landmark
The Vermont State House, Montpelier's best-known landmark
Flag of Montpelier, Vermont
Official seal of Montpelier, Vermont
Location in Washington County in Vermont
Location in Washington County in Vermont
Montpelier is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 44°15′34″N 72°34′33″W / 44.25944°N 72.57583°W / 44.25944; -72.57583
Country United States
State Vermont
RegionNew England
Incorporated (village)1818
Incorporated (city)1895
Named forMontpellier, France
 • Total10.25 sq mi (26.54 km2)
 • Land10.05 sq mi (26.04 km2)
 • Water0.19 sq mi (0.50 km2)
Elevation522 ft (159 m)
 • Total8,074
 • Density790/sq mi (300/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
05601-05604, 05609, 05620, 05633
Area code802
FIPS code50-46000[4]
GNIS feature ID1461834[2]
U.S. Highways
State Routes
WebsiteOfficial website

The state legislature made Montpelier the state capital in 1805.[9]


  1. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Montpelier". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Montpelier City, Vermont". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  4. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. Montpelier - Definitions from
  6. Title 24, Part I, Chapter 1, §13, Vermont Statutes. Accessed 2007-11-01.
  7. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. Smallest capital city plans big MLK celebration Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  9. "Montpelier History". Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved November 26, 2011.

Other websites

Main Street in downtown Montpelier