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Chartered: June 7, 1763 (New Hampshire Grant)
Area: 25,214 Acres / 39.4 Square Miles [ 134* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): 73°04'W 44°31'N
Altitude ASL: 492 feet
Population (US Census, 2000): 18,626 [ 2* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 472.7 [ 10* ]
Tax Rate: $2.057 ('03)
Equalized Value: $ ('03)
*Area, Population and Density rankings above refer to Essex's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants).


Utility Type Website Phone
Green Mountain Power Electric http://www.gmpvt.com 835-4672
VT Electric Co-op Electric http://www.vtcoop.com 635-2231
Vermont Gas Gas http://www.vermontgas.com 863-4511
Adelphia TV/Internet http://www.adelphia.net 658-3050
Verizon Telephone/Wireless http://www.verizon.com (800) 870-9999
All-Cycle Waste Garbage N/A 864-3615
Clean Green Sanitation Garbage N/A 654-7736
Essex Junction Pubic Works Water/Sewer N/A 878-1239
Essex Public Works Water/Sewer N/A 878-1344


Essex can be a bit confusing in the same way as the town of Chittenden and Washington: neither is in the county of the same name.

The name could derive from any of a number of sources, back to Essex, England; Benning Wentworth's specific intent is not known. The Earl of Essex at the time was William Anne Holles Capel, Lord of the Bedchamber and Master of the Royal Staghounds, not exactly highly placed in the peerage. Nor was he a friend of the Colonies: he voted against repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766.

Well watered by several streams and not too hilly, the land attracted settlers early.

Information courtesy of: www.virtualvermont.com