Best Places To Raise A Family In Vermont For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Vermont have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for families in Vermont.

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Got kids? Need a safe, affordable place with good jobs and competitive salaries so that you can take care of all of your family? Vermont has you and your family covered!

And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has created the ultimate guide for families to navigate the best places to raise a family in Vermont for 2020. How did we do it? We consulted the US Census on places in The Green Mountain State with more than 1,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 23 family friendly cities.

Vermont is the second least populous state in the country. So, using our top ten most family friendly places in Vermont list should be very helpful for finding the perfect place to live on any budget. There are family friendly places like Burlington, on Lake Champlain, that provide safe neighborhoods and suburban living. There are quaint, affluent places like Winooski that look like they jumped off of a postcard. And places like Hardwick, provide solitude and that good 'ol New England state livin'.

In all family friendly seriousness, Vermont has some of the best schools in the country. Blue Ribbon elementary schools, gold star high schools with focus in STEM and the Arts, and colleges like Middlebury College in Middlebury and the University of Vermont in Burlington have been delivering the next generation to work at major Vermont companies like Ben & Jerry's and Burton Snowboards.

So, if you're looking for safe cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, large green spaces, good food, and just overall good family friendly fun, take a look below.

Now, don't count yourselves out of the mix, parents and caretakers. There are plenty of available jobs in Vermont: the state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. And with a $58,000/year household median income to work with, there's plenty of money to keep your family happy, healthy, and having fun.

What's the most family friendly spot in Vermont? Without further adieu, the most family friendly place to live in Vermont for 2020 is Woodstock.

And if you care about your family living where crime is low, schools are awesome, and a healthy lifestyle is key, take a look at the list below.

Check out some more reading about Vermont and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Vermont For 2020

Woodstock, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,517
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 41.1%
More on Woodstock: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Windsor, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,157
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 35.3%
More on Windsor: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Middlebury, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,855
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 21.4%
More on Middlebury: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Middlebury is the shire town of Addison County, Vermont, United States. The population was 8,496 at the 2010 census. Middlebury is home to Middlebury College and the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.

Bellows Falls, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,985
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 23.2%
More on Bellows Falls: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bristol, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,746
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 32
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 26.8%
More on Bristol: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bristol is a town in Addison County, Vermont, United States. The town was founded June 26, 1762. The population was 3,894 at the 2010 census. Main Street is home to most of the businesses of the town. The town is also home to the Lord's Prayer Rock.

Lyndonville, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,314
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 18.1%
More on Lyndonville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Montpelier, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,547
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 71
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 23.8%
More on Montpelier: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Montpelier is the capital city of the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Washington County. As the site of Vermont's state government, it is the least populous state capital in the United States. The population was 7,855 at the 2010 census. However, the daytime population swells to about 21,000, due to the large number of jobs within city limits. The Vermont College of Fine Arts and New England Culinary Institute are located in the municipality. It was named for Montpellier, France.

Vergennes, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,612
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 34
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 23.3%
More on Vergennes: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brattleboro, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,771
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 27.4%
More on Brattleboro: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brattleboro, originally Brattleborough, is a town in Windham County, Vermont, United States. The most populous municipality abutting Vermont's eastern border, Brattleboro is located about 10 miles north of the Massachusetts state line, at the confluence of Vermont's West River and the Connecticut. In 2014, Brattleboro's population was estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to be 11,765.

Bennington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,836
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 24.1%
More on Bennington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bennington is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, in the United States. It is one of two shire towns of the county, the other being Manchester. The population is 15,431, as of 2014 US Census estimates. Bennington is the most populous town in southern Vermont, the third-largest town in Vermont and the sixth-largest municipality in the state including the cities of Burlington, Rutland, and South Burlington in the count.

How do you determine which place is best for families in Vermont anyways?

To give you the places in Vermont which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Green Mountain State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Vermont, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 1,000 people. For Vermont, that meant a total of 23 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Vermont

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Vermont ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Vermont according to the data:

  1. St. Albans
  2. South Burlington
  3. Burlington

For more vermont reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Vermont?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Woodstock, VT 1,517 52
2 Windsor, VT 2,157 42
3 Middlebury, VT 6,855 47
4 Bellows Falls, VT 2,985 52
5 Bristol, VT 1,746 59
6 Lyndonville, VT 1,314 33
7 Montpelier, VT 7,547 71
8 Vergennes, VT 2,612 59
9 Brattleboro, VT 6,771 54
10 Bennington, VT 8,836 46

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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