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Vermont

  • By: Justin Corfield
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The fourteenth state to be admitted to the Union, Vermont had been inhabited by the Mohicans and the Abenaki tribes, and other Native Americans from as early as 8500 B.C.E. Before the arrival of European settlers, during the 16th century, it is believed that the Iroquois drove out many of the other tribes, reducing the population to about 12,000. The state now has a population of 621,270, with 50.8 percent of the state's population being female (only slightly more than the national average), and the increase in the state's population comes entirely from net migration into the state.

In its early years as part of the United States, Vermont remained a rural society, and a prosperous one, although the current state median household income is slightly ...

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