These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Vermont For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Vermont have the most for people looking to make the move to Vermont.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Vermont a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Vermont.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Green Mountain State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Vermont, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 12 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Green Mountain State for 2018:

  1. Addison County (Photos)
  2. Washington County (Photos)
  3. Chittenden County (Photos)
  4. Windsor County (Photos)
  5. Orange County (Photos)
  6. Franklin County (Photos)
  7. Rutland County (Photos)
  8. Lamoille County (Photos)
  9. Bennington County (Photos)
  10. Windham County (Photos)

Addison County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Vermont. And you might want to avoid Orleans County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Vermont, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Vermont and the best places to raise a family in Vermont.

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How do you determine which Vermont county is the best?

To give you the best county in Vermont, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Vermont across each of the criteria from one to 12, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Vermont’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Green Mountain State.

Read on to see why Addison County is the best county, while Orleans County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Vermont.

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1. Addison County

Bristol, VT

Biggest Place: Middlebury
Population: 36,926
Median Income: $61,020 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $236,400 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (6th best)
More on Addison County: PhotosData

2. Washington County

Barre, VT

Biggest Place: Barre
Population: 58,963
Median Income: $58,171 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $213,200 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (5th best)
More on Washington County: PhotosData

3. Chittenden County

Burlington, VT

Biggest Place: Burlington
Population: 160,510
Median Income: $66,414 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $275,000 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (3rd best)
More on Chittenden County: PhotosData

4. Windsor County

Chester, VT

Biggest Place: Springfield
Population: 55,894
Median Income: $54,763 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $215,800 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (3rd best)
More on Windsor County: PhotosData

5. Orange County

Randolph, VT

Biggest Place: Randolph
Population: 28,897
Median Income: $54,263 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $191,700 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (2nd best)
More on Orange County: PhotosData

6. Franklin County

Enosburg Falls, VT

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: St. Albans
Population: 48,625
Median Income: $58,884 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $206,500 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (6th best)
More on Franklin County: PhotosData

7. Rutland County

Brandon, VT

Biggest Place: Rutland
Population: 60,133
Median Income: $50,029 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $179,200 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (10th best)
More on Rutland County: PhotosData

8. Lamoille County

Morrisville, VT

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Morrisville
Population: 25,136
Median Income: $53,316 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $220,300 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (1st best)
More on Lamoille County: PhotosData

9. Bennington County

Bennington, VT

Biggest Place: Bennington
Population: 36,503
Median Income: $51,489 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $207,300 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (9th best)
More on Bennington County: PhotosData

10. Windham County

Bellows Falls, VT

Biggest Place: Brattleboro
Population: 43,609
Median Income: $50,917 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $209,500 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (11th best)
More on Windham County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Vermont To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Vermont can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Vermont according to the data:

  1. Orleans County
  2. Caledonia County
  3. Windham County

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Vermont

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Addison County 1 36,926 $61,020 $236,400
Washington County 2 58,963 $58,171 $213,200
Chittenden County 3 160,510 $66,414 $275,000
Windsor County 4 55,894 $54,763 $215,800
Orange County 5 28,897 $54,263 $191,700
Franklin County 6 48,625 $58,884 $206,500
Rutland County 7 60,133 $50,029 $179,200
Lamoille County 8 25,136 $53,316 $220,300
Bennington County 9 36,503 $51,489 $207,300
Windham County 10 43,609 $50,917 $209,500
Caledonia County 11 30,859 $46,931 $164,200
Orleans County 12 27,076 $43,959 $156,800

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