10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Vermont For 2018

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.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.


According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Vermont? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Green Mountain State:

  1. Lyndonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Brandon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bellows Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Randolph (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Fair Haven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Middlebury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Springfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Montpelier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Brattleboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Vermont, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Vermont and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Vermont.

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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 18 cities.

Read on to see why Lyndonville is where all the families are headed, while St. Albans is probably a place made for singles.

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1. Lyndonville

Lyndonville, VT

Population: 1,255
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 22.7%
More on Lyndonville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

2. Brandon

Brandon, VT

Population: 1,500
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 33.5%
More on Brandon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

3. Bristol

Bristol, VT

Population: 1,759
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 31.9%
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.

4. Bellows Falls

Bellows Falls, VT

Population: 3,032
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 24.7%
More on Bellows Falls: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

5. Randolph

Randolph, VT

Population: 2,049
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 21.7%
More on Randolph: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Randolph is a town in Orange County, Vermont, United States. The population was 4,853 at the 2000 census, making Randolph the largest town in Orange County. The town is a commercial center for many of the smaller, rural farming communities that surround it.

When the area was originally settled there were three villagesRandolph Center, East Randolph and West Randolph–the current locations of the three fire departments. What is now the central village of the current town had previously been the village of West Randolph.

6. Fair Haven

Fair Haven, VT

Population: 2,273
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 31.9%
More on Fair Haven: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

7. Middlebury

Middlebury, VT

Population: 6,922
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 19.8%
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.

8. Springfield

Springfield, VT

Population: 3,731
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 32.2%
More on Springfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

9. Montpelier

Montpelier, VT

Population: 7,662
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 25.7%
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.

10. Brattleboro

Brattleboro, VT

Population: 7,322
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 27.6%
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.

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. Winooski
  3. South Burlington

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Vermont

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Lyndonville 1,255 63
2 Brandon 1,500 40
3 Bristol 1,759 53
4 Bellows Falls 3,032 61
5 Randolph 2,049 36
6 Fair Haven 2,273 40
7 Middlebury 6,922 48
8 Springfield 3,731 59
9 Montpelier 7,662 46
10 Brattleboro 7,322 55
11 Bennington 8,945 68
12 St. Johnsbury 6,153 39
13 Newport 4,426 47
14 Milton 1,974 41
15 Hardwick 1,409 59
16 South Burlington 18,704 38
17 Winooski 7,209 55
18 St. Albans 6,858 32

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