Montpelier is the capital of Vermont, a state of the United States of America. As of the 2000 census, it has a population of 8,035, which makes Montpelier the smallest state capital in terms of population. Barre and Montpelier form a small labor market area in the center of the state. Montpelier is the county seat of Washington County.
Besides state government, granite quarrying is a major activity.
Montpelier, famously, is the only state capital without a McDonalds.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.6 km² (10.3 mi²). 26.5 km² (10.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.10% is water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 8,035 people, 3,739 households, and 1,940 families residing in the city. The population density is 302.7/km² (784.0/mi²). There are 3,899 housing units at an average density of 146.9/km² (380.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 96.55% White, 0.65% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. 1.41% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 3,739 households out of which 26.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% are married couples living together, 10.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 48.1% are non-families. 39.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.09 and the average family size is 2.84.
In the city the population is spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 84.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $37,513, and the median income for a family is $51,818. Males have a median income of $35,957 versus $29,442 for females. The per capita income for the city is $22,599. 9.8% of the population and 7.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 12.9% are under the age of 18 and 5.7% are 65 or older.