Wells, Vermont

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Population in 2010: 1,150. Population change since 2000: +2.6%
 
Males: 601  (52.3%)
Females: 549  (47.7%)
Median resident age:  49.1 years
Vermont median age:  45.8 years

Zip codes: 05774.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $42,180 (it was $32,361 in 2000)
Wells:

$42,180
VT:

$52,977
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $22,722 (it was $16,280 in 2000)

Wells town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $171,912 (it was $94,300 in 2000)
Wells:

$171,912
VT:

$216,900
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $198,754; Detached houses: $218,598; Townhouses or other attached units: $145,696; In 2-unit structures: $232,526; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $178,809; Mobile homes: $73,411
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Wells races chart
  • White alone - 1,121 (97.5%)
  • Hispanic - 11 (1.0%)
  • Two or more races - 9 (0.8%)
  • Asian alone - 5 (0.4%)
  • Black alone - 3 (0.3%)
  • American Indian alone - 1 (0.09%)

Races in Wells detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Wells: 202.9 (very high, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: English (17.6%), Irish (13.0%), United States (9.7%), French (9.0%), German (8.4%), Polish (7.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 515 feet

Land area: 22.6 square miles.

Population density: 51 people per square mile   (very low).

Wells,VT real estate house value index trend

Wells, Vermont map

For population 25 years and over in Wells:

  • High school or higher: 80.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.3%
  • Unemployed: 5.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Wells town:

  • Never married: 19.9%
  • Now married: 62.9%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 7.1%
  • Divorced: 9.0%

20 residents are foreign born

This town:  1.8%
Vermont:  4.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Wells town:  1.5% ($1,433)
Vermont:  2.0% ($2,196)
Wells satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Schenectady, NY (57.2 miles , pop. 61,821).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (131.6 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (182.3 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities: Granville, NY (2.0 miles ), Pawlet, VT (2.0 miles ), Middletown Springs, VT (2.1 miles ), Poultney, VT (2.5 miles ), Tinmouth, VT (2.7 miles ), Danby, VT (2.9 miles ), Hampton, NY (3.1 miles ), Ira, VT (3.2 miles ).

Latitude: 43.43 N, Longitude: 73.20 W

Area code: 802

Wells household income distribution Wells home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

4.3%
Vermont:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +217 (+24.0%).
Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (6%)
  • Transportation equipment (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Food and beverage stores (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Private households (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Carpenters (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Cashiers (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Registered nurses (6%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (6%)
  • Business operations specialists (4%)

Work and jobs in Wells: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Wells, Vermont

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Wells-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Vermont state average. It is 66% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/20/1968, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 30.5 miles away from the Wells town center injured one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 5/31/1998, a category F3 tornado 34.8 miles away from the town center injured 68 people and caused $71 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Wells-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Vermont state average. It is 89% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 67.7 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 77.4 miles away from Wells center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 80.2 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 11:04:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, 3.7 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 77.1 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2000 at 08:46:55, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, 3.8 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 63.9 miles away from Wells center
On 6/17/1991 at 08:53:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 93.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Rutland County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Landslide: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Birthplace of: Oliver Cowdery - Christian missionary.

Hospitals and medical centers near Wells:

  • EMMA LAING STEVENS HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 4 miles away; GRANVILLE, NY)
  • INDIAN RIVER REHAB AND NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; GRANVILLE, NY)
  • SAGER NURSING HOME, INC. (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; FAIR HAVEN, VT)
  • VERMONT ACHIEVEMENT CENTER (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; RUTLAND, VT)

Amtrak stations near Wells:

  • 12 miles: FAIR HAVEN (DEPOT & WATER STS.)
  • 14 miles: WHITEHALL (MAIN ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.
  • 17 miles: RUTLAND (MERCHANTS ROW) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, intercity bus service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Wells:

  • Castleton State College (about 13 miles; Castleton, VT; Full-time enrollment: 2,079)
  • Adirondack Community College (about 24 miles; Queensbury, NY; FT enrollment: 2,826)
  • Skidmore College (about 38 miles; Saratoga Springs, NY; FT enrollment: 2,753)
  • SUNY Empire State College (about 39 miles; Saratoga Springs, NY; FT enrollment: 9,473)
  • Middlebury College (about 40 miles; Middlebury, VT; FT enrollment: 3,077)
  • Dartmouth College (about 50 miles; Hanover, NH; FT enrollment: 6,030)
  • Williams College (about 50 miles; Williamstown, MA; FT enrollment: 2,141)

Public elementary/middle school in Wells:

See full list of schools located in Wells

Library in Wells:

  • WELLS VILLAGE (Operating income: $6,302; Location: 5 EAST WELLS RD.; 6,244 books; 196 audio materials; 187 video materials; 2 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable location: Wells Volunteer Fire Department, Incorporated (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Town Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Rutland County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 49.1. This is significantly better than average.

City:

49.1
U.S.:

74.2

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.431. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 16.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.431
U.S.:

0.303

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 7.45. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.45
U.S.:

6.58

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 1.62. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.62
U.S.:

1.93

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2011 was 12.6. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 16.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.6
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 8.97. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.97
U.S.:

9.14

Drinking water stations with addresses in Wells and their reported violations in the past:

WELLS VILLAGE SCHOOL (Address: 135 VT RTE 30 , Population served: 93, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2006, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-04-2006), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-04-2006), St Public Notif received (JAN-05-2007), St Compliance achieved (MAR-17-2011)
Average household size:
This town:  2.2 people
Vermont:  2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  62.3%
Whole state:  62.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  11.5%
Whole state:  9.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

11.8%
Whole state:

9.4%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

1.5%
Whole state:

3.6%

Wells compared to Vermont state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (67%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15%)
  • Wood (14%)
  • Electricity (3%)
  • Utility gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Wells town (based on Rutland County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 45.22%
Here: 45.2%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Church of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAEpiscopal Church
Adherents69.2%7.6%5.3%4.6%3.6%
Congregations22.0%15.9%14.6%8.5%8.5%
NameJewishEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaAssemblies of GodLDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents2.3%1.3%1.2%0.7%4.1%
Congregations1.2%2.4%2.4%1.2%23.2%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 24
Rutland County:

3.78 / 10,000 pop.
Vermont:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 13
Rutland County:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Vermont:

1.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 48
Rutland County:

7.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.40 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 81
Here:

12.77 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.52 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.8%
Vermont:

6.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Rutland County:

24.1%
Vermont:

22.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

18.5%
State:

13.3%

4.23% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,004 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.23%
Vermont average:

5.68%

0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($158 average AGI)
Rutland County:

0.04%
Vermont average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Addison County, VT  0.36% ($27,426 average AGI)
from Chittenden County, VT  0.30% ($29,063)
from Windsor County, VT  0.30% ($24,696)


4.98% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($35,088 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.98%
Vermont average:

5.98%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($182 average AGI)
Rutland County:

0.04%
Vermont average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Chittenden County, VT  0.45% ($34,754 average AGI)
to Windsor County, VT  0.35% ($34,174)
to Addison County, VT  0.31% ($32,122)

Strongest AM radio stations in Wells:

  • WVNR (1340 AM; 1 kW; POULTNEY, VT; Owner: PINE TREE BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WGY (810 AM; 50 kW; SCHENECTADY, NY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSYB (1380 AM; 5 kW; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WPTR (1540 AM; 50 kW; ALBANY, NY; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WCHP (760 AM; 35 kW; CHAMPLAIN, NY; Owner: CHAMPLAIN RADIO, INC.)
  • WNTK (1020 AM; 10 kW; NEWPORT, NH; Owner: KOOR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WTIC (1080 AM; 50 kW; HARTFORD, CT; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WVNE (760 AM; daytime; 25 kW; LEICESTER, MA; Owner: BLOUNT MASSCOM, INC.)
  • WKOX (1200 AM; 50 kW; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Wells:

  • WEQX (102.7 FM; MANCHESTER, VT; Owner: NORTHSHIRE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WJAN (95.1 FM; SUNDERLAND, VT; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WJJR (98.1 FM; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WZRT (97.1 FM; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WEBK (105.3 FM; KILLINGTON, VT; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGLV (91.7 FM; WOODSTOCK, VT; Owner: CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES INC)
  • WHDQ-FM1 (106.1 FM; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: GREAT NORTHERN RADIO, L.L.C.)
  • WLJH (90.9 FM; GLENS FALLS, NY; Owner: SOUND OF LIFE INC)
  • WNGN (91.9 FM; ARGYLE, NY; Owner: NORTHEAST GOSPEL BROADCASTING INC)
  • WEXP (101.5 FM; BRANDON, VT; Owner: VOX VERMONT, L.L.C.)
  • WVPR (89.5 FM; WINDSOR, VT; Owner: VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WJEN (94.5 FM; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKBE (100.3 FM; WARRENSBURG, NY; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCKM-FM (99.1 FM; LAKE GEORGE, NY; Owner: ENTERTRONICS, INC.)
  • WNYQ (105.7 FM; QUEENSBURY, NY; Owner: VOX NEW YORK, L.L.C.)
  • WHDQ (106.1 FM; CLAREMONT, NH; Owner: GREAT NORTHERN RADIO, L.L.C.)
  • WVAY (100.7 FM; WILMINGTON, VT; Owner: GREAT NORTHERN RADIO, L.L.C.)
  • WDEV-FM (96.1 FM; WARREN, VT; Owner: RADIO VERMONT, INC.)
  • WXLG (89.9 FM; NORTH CREEK, NY; Owner: THE ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY)
  • WNYV (94.1 FM; WHITEHALL, NY; Owner: PINE TREE BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Wells:

  • W07AG (Channel 7; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: WNYT INC.)
  • WVER (Channel 28; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: VERMONT ETV, INC.)
  • W61CE (Channel 61; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: MARGARET SANGUINETTI (ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE))
  • W69AR (Channel 69; RUTLAND, VT; Owner: MT. MANSFIELD TELEVISION, INC.)

Wells fatal accident list:

Oct 14, 2004 87:99 PM, Sr-31, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Jul 31, 1993 10:40 PM, Vt30, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Nov 1, 1993 10:10 AM, Vt30, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 4
Total length: 4 meters (13ft)
Total costs: $198,000
Total average daily traffic: 5,460
Total average daily truck traffic: 262
Total future (year 2018) average daily traffic: 7,970

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • Northeast Mtn Summit (Lat: 43.452000 Lon: -73.168139), Overall height: 18.3 m, Call Sign: WMG273, Licensee ID: L00046735
    Assigned Frequencies: 948.500 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/08/1993, Expiration Date: 06/01/2014
    Registrant: Pine Tree Broadcasting Company, Po Box 568, East Poultney, VT 05741
  • NE MOUNTAIN, 201 Butts Hill Road (Lat: 43.435306 Lon: -73.166667), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 21.4 m, Overall height: 24.4 m, Call Sign: WQRD346, Licensee ID: L01444972
    Assigned Frequencies: 11445.0 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/19/2013, Expiration Date: 04/19/2023, Certifier: Phil Chitwood
    Registrant: Vermont Transco, LLC, 366 Pinnacle Ridge Road, Rutland, VT 05701, Phone: (802) 770-6235, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

15 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Wells)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

3
  • Aircraft: BALLOON WORKS FIREFLY 7 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 63 mph), Engine: None
    N-Number: 36985 , Serial Number: F7-198, Year manufactured: 1984, Airworthiness Date: 12/06/1984
    Registrant (Individual): John T Dba Happy, Lake St Catherine, Wells, VT 05774, Other Owners: Int's Taurus Gemini
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-16 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 87 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-235 SERIES (115 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 6877K , Serial Number: 16-720, Year manufactured: 1949, Airworthiness Date: 07/24/1957
    Registrant (Individual): H Conrad Jr Grillo, 291 E Wells Rd # R, Wells, VT 05774
  • Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN NAVION (Category: Land, Seats: 5, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 126 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR E185 SERIES (205 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 8801H , Serial Number: NAV-4-801, Year manufactured: 1946, Airworthiness Date: 05/18/1956
    Registrant (Individual): Reported Sale, 91 Sawmill Hl, Wells, VT 05774

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 7
  • Hazardous Condition: 2
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