The State of Vermont spreads across an area of more than 9,600 square miles. The state has a population of over 608,800 people and works for the welfare of the general public. Its capital is Montpelier and has been in operation since 1791. The State of Vermont provides a variety of opportunities for various recreational and sports activities. The state offers online information on parks and art and cultural facilities for visitors. It operates through corrections, economic development, education, environmental conservation, children and families, and buildings and general services departments. The State of Vermont s police department offers a range of law enforcement and crime prevention services.