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Rutland County is 939 square miles and lies in a broad valley running north and south through central Vermont. It is mid-way between Burlington and Bennington on Route 7, 15 miles from the New York State border on the west and 46 miles from New Hampshire on the east.

Rutland is located:

  • 165 miles from Boston
  • 250 miles from New York City
  • 169 miles from Montreal
  • 100 miles from Albany
  • 160 miles from Hartford, CT


    The Rutland region lies among beautiful lakes and streams, encircled by mountains at about 540 feet above sea level. It encompasses 939 square miles, with the highest peak being Mount Killington at 4,235 feet. The Green Mountain National Forest to the east includes Killington and Pico Peak, with Bird's Eye and the northern end of the Taconics to the west. The broad valley contains rich agriculture fields, orchards, pastures and meadows, and fine buildings.

    Population & Income

    U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census for Rutland County




    The State of Vermont has a 6% sales tax and a 9% rooms and meals tax. The city of Rutland also has a 1% rooms/meals & entertainment tax. The Town of Rutland has an additional 1% sales tax. Property taxes are the primary source of revenue for local governments and school districts with varying rates for each town.

    Real Estate

    A broad spectrum of housing is available in the Rutland region, from early 19th century farmhouses to ultra modern condominiums. Prices vary from one town to another, but homes are considered a good buy when compared to urban areas. Apartment rents fall between $600 and $750, and house rentals are available with prices around $800.


    Electrical needs of the region are served by Green Mountain Power. Coal, fuel oil and bottled gas are readily available from many area dealers.

    Comcast and Fairpoint serves 16 of the county's towns with VTel serving the others.

    Water supply systems vary from town to town, with rural landowners relying on drilled or artisan wells. Most municipalities now provide both water and sewage treatment facilities as well.


    Rutland is situated at the junction of two main highways, Route 7 and Route 4, crossing Vermont from north to south and east to west.

    The Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport, five miles south of the city, has complete fixed base operator Cape Air services including: instruction, tie downs, aircraft rentals, preheating, deicing and fuel. Cape Air provides commuter service with three flights daily to Boston. A new terminal building and expanded parking make the facility a convenient and modern one.

    Amtrak provides scheduled passenger service to New York City. Railroad freight service is available throughout the area and a number of trucking companies offer prompt, reasonable service. Marble Valley Regional Transit District "The Bus" provides local transportation on set routes.

    Human Services

    The Rutland Regional Medical Center is a comprehensive medical/surgical hospital offering a wide variety of services and specialized care. A full service emergency department, staffed by a team of qualified nursing and health care professionals and physicians trained in emergency medicine, operates 24-hours a day. The hospital offers a wide range of in-patient and out-patient services and has a high quality of medical care.

    The range of services provided and the physicians available to provide those services has qualified the Rutland Regional Medical Center as a Medicare-designated Rural Referral Center.

    A regional ambulance service is available to serve emergency services and outlying towns have volunteer rescue squads.

    Four licensed nursing homes have a capacity of over 400 patients. Other health services include the Vermont Achievement Center for special needs children, Rutland Area Community Services, Rutland Area Visiting Nurses Association, Southern Vermont Women's Health Center, Community Health Plan, Convenient Medical Center, and Planned Parenthood. Comprehensive services are available throughout the region with many medical and dental specialties represented.


    The Rutland region is served by a daily newspaper, the Rutland Herald, with a circulation of 22,000. In cooperation with the Barre Times Argus it also publishes a Sunday paper with statewide distribution. Also published in the area are some weeklies: The Mountain Times, Sam's Good News, Rutland Tribune, as well as a monthly, The Rutland Business Journal.

    Excellent radio coverage is available from the following stations: Vermont Public Radio VPR 88.9 FM, Cat Country WJAN 94.5 FM, WEBK 105.3 FM, WHDQ Q106 FM, WJJR 98.1 FM, WVNR 1340 AM, WZRT 97.1 FM, WSYB 1380 AM, WEXP-101.5FM The Fox

    An expanded cable system and the availability of satellite dishes brings a wide variety of programming into the Rutland region. Local TV news channels covering the area are WCAX Channel 3, WPTZ Channel 5, WNNE Channel 31, The WB/WWIN TV and Community Access Channels 15, 20 & 21.

    Average Temperatures

    Month Hi Low
    January 25 08
    February 27 09
    March 38 21
    April 53 33
    May 66 44
    June 76 54
    July 80 59
    August 78 57
    September 69 49
    October 57 39
    November 44 30
    December 30 15

    (Weather Bureau - Burlington, VT)

    Motor Vehicle Information

    Motor vehicle liability insurance is mandatory in the State of Vermont. Proof of insurance should be carried with you at all times. A Motor Vehicle Department office is located next to the State Police office on McKinley Avenue in Rutland. Services include picture licensing, registration and permit/licensing exams. For more information call 802-828-2000.

    Seat Belt Use Is Not Only Required - It's the Law!

    Rutland County Town Clerks

    Benson 802-537-2611
    Brandon 802-247-5721
    Castleton 802-468-2212
    Chittenden 802-483-6647
    Clarendon 802-775-4274
    Danby 802-293-5136
    Fair Haven 802-265-3610
    Hubbardton 802-273-2951
    Ira 802-235-2480
    Mendon 802-775-1662
    Middletown Springs 802-235-2220
    Mount Holly 802-259-2391
    Mount Tabor 802-293-5282
    Pawlet 802-325-3309
    Pittsfield 802-746-8170
    Pittsford 802-483-2931
    Poultney 802-287-5761
    Proctor 802-459-3333
    Rutland City 802-773-1800
    Rutland Town 802-773-2528
    Sherburne (Killington) 802-422-3234
    Shrewsbury 802-775-5689
    Sudbury 802-623-7296
    Tinmouth 802-446-2460
    Wallingford 802-446-2336
    Wells 802-645-0188
    West Haven 802-265-4589
    West Rutland 802-438-2204


    Rutland County hosts the following churches:

    Church in Proctor Old Chapel

    10 Catholic Churches 1 The Salvation Army
    7 United Churches of Christ 1 Unitarian Universalist Church
    6 Baptist Churches 1 Jewish Synagogue
    2 Lutheran Churches 1 Non-Denominational
    2 Methodist Churches 1 Church of Latter Day Saints
    1 Bible Church 1 Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall
    1 Christian & Missionary Alliance 1 Episcopal Church
    1 Christian Science 1 Greek Orthodox

    Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce
    50 Merchants Row
    Rutland, VT 05701

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