When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Vermont.
Where exactly in Vermont is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Randolph as the best place to hang up your cleats.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Vermont that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Randolph don’t mind us spreading the word.
Here are our top ten places in the Green Mountain State to retire for 2019:
Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details or check out the best places to retire in America.
For Vermont state reading:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Vermont
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Vermont
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Vermont
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Green Mountain State for 2019
To create our list of the best places in Vermont to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Green Mountain State — 120 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 1,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 18 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 18, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Randolph, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
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.
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.
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.
St. Johnsbury is the shire town of Caledonia County, Vermont, United States. The population was 7,603 at the 2010 census. St. Johnsbury is located approximately 10 miles northwest of the Connecticut River and 48 miles south of the Canada-U.S. border.
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.
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.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Vermont Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Vermont goes to Randolph.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- St. Albans
For more Vermont reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Vermont