HINESBURG - From time to time, this newspaper will alert readers to important Internet-based listings of Vermont towns in our area. The latest redressing treatment with both new and revised information is on Wikipedia, the popular Internet-based encyclopedia site.
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Among recently added articles that reference Vermont towns in our area is Wikipedia's new "Hinesburg" listing.
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The following extract is from the new Hinesburg town listing.
Corrections or additions to this information can be made directly to the Wikipedia website (http://en.wikipedia.org/):
Hinesburg is a town in Chittenden County, Vt.... The population was 4,340 at the 2000 census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.1 square miles (103.9 km), of which, 39.8 square miles (103.1 km) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km) of it (0.75 percent) is water...
There were 1,596 households out of which 40.8 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8 percent were couples living together and joined in either marriage or civil union, 6.9 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4 percent were non-families. 17.0 percent of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3 percent had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.9 percent under the age of 18, 5.8 percent from 18 to 24, 36.5 percent from 25 to 44, 23.4 percent from 45 to 64, and 5.5 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $49,788, and the median income for a family was $54,836. Males had a median income of $40,000 versus $24,107 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,230. About 2.3 percent of families and 3.5 percent of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4 percent of those under age 18 and 3.5 percent of those age 65 or over.
On the night of Sept. 28, 2008, the Saputo cheese factory caught fire. The fire department billed the local Saputo cheese plant $500,000 for firefighting gear ruined in fighting the fire. Their destruction was caused by hazardous cleaning chemicals stored at the plant. It was announced in October that the cheese factory would be closed. The factory was the town's third largest employer.
Notable residents: novelist Lisa Alther, U.S. Rep. (Michigan) and Governor of the Dakota Territory William Alanson Howard, Vermont politician Bill Lippert, artist William Lamb Picknell, U.S President Chester Alan Arthur (21), mathematician Jeff Dinitz, U.S. Rep. Ossian Ray (New Hampshire), and U.S. Rep. John Clayton Allen (Illinois).