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Census Data for Bolton ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Bolton a population of 1,182 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Bolton a population of 1,182 people.

The community of Bolton is located in Chittenden County. The 2010 Census gave Chittenden County a population of 156,545 people. This means that Bolton had 0.76% of the county's total population, making it Chittenden's 18th most populous community.

At the same time, Vermont had a population of 625,741 people, meaning that Bolton had 0.19% of the total population of Vermont - making it the state's 155th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Bolton, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually shaped as a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the community.

Things like the population, area and housing for Bolton reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Bolton might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Bolton has a total area of 42.53 square miles [110.2 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.27 square miles [0.7 km²]).

Chittenden County has a land area of 536 square miles [1,389.7 km²]. At 42.26 square miles [109.4 km²], Bolton has 7.88% of the county's total land area.

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   44° 23' 59"   (or 44.4°)             [Map]

Lon:   -72° 52' 38"   (or -72.88°)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (1,182 people) and land area (42.26 square miles [109.4 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Bolton had a population density of 27.79 people per square mile [10.73 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Bolton had a population of 971 people and a land area of 42.48 square miles [110 km²]. This gives a population density of 22.69 people per square mile [8.76 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Bolton. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading comparison. More information about the nature of these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bolton had 602 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,182 people, this averages 1.96 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Bolton had a land area of 42.26 square miles [109.4 km²]. This translates to 14.15 Housing Units per square mile [5.47 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Bolton had 412 Housing Units, a population of 971 people and a land area of 42.48 square miles [110 km²]. This gives a density of 2.36 people per Housing Unit and 9.63 Housing Units per square mile [3.72 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Bolton and you need to be careful when comparing results between the censuses. More information about the nature of these the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Chittenden County ...

The community of Bolton is located in Chittenden County.

The county had a population of 156,545 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,182 people, Bolton represented 0.76% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Bolton has a population density of 27.79 people per square mile [10.73 people/km²], Chittenden County averages 291.7 people per square mile [112.6 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Chittenden County.

Population Rings for Bolton ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Bolton and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Bolton. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]26,324+1.25%
10 mi   [16 km]1037,833+3.93%
15 mi   [24 km]25113,619+6.25%
20 mi   [32 km]47236,167+3.34%
25 mi   [40 km]65289,751+2.73%
30 mi   [48 km]85336,182+2.46%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Bolton, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Bolton. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 0.6% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Bolton was 42.53 square miles [110.2 km²]. Of this total, 42.26 square miles [109.4 km²] is land, with the balance (0.64%) being water (0.27 square miles [0.7 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 42.79 square miles [110.8 km²]. Of this total, 42.48 square miles [110 km²] is land, with the balance (0.72%) being water (0.31 square miles [0.8 km²]).

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Bolton, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Bolton.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   44.399860°   (or 44°23'59" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -72.877397°   (or -72°52'38" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   44.402597°   (or 44°24'9" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -72.876222°   (or -72°52'34" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,043 feet to the south<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#1462045) to Bolton. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Bolton. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   44.411165°   (or 44°24'40" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -72.863455°   (or -72°51'48" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 5,493 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Bolton. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Bolton.

Miscellaneous Information for Bolton ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Chittenden County or the community of Bolton:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Bolton:

GNIS ID for Bolton: 1462045

GNIS ID for Chittenden County: 1461760

GNIS ID for Vermont: 1779802

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 50 (Vermont)

County Code: 007 (Chittenden County)

Place Code: 06550 (Bolton)

State & County Code: 50/007 (Vermont / Chittenden County)

State & Place Code: 50/06550 (Vermont / Bolton)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Bolton is located in Census Region #1 (the Northeast Region) and Division #1 (the New England Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Bolton.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bolton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Vermont:

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2017.

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<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<4>The communities in our count are those provided by the 2010 Census, so keep in mind that our population rings will only include the people living in those communities. Smaller communities usually don't participate directly in the Census and therefore they won't be included. While our count is a close approximation, it shouldn't be considered as a complete or accurate count.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 162 degrees and a distance of 1,043 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 138 degrees and a distance of 5,493 feet.

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