These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Vermont For 2018


We analyzed every place in Vermont to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But 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.

But where exactly in Vermont? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

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 2018:

  1. Randolph (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Brandon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Lyndonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Newport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Hardwick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Montpelier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. St. Johnsbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Bennington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Middlebury (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Why did Randolph take the top spot? And where are South Burlington and Bennington?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Vermont.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Green Mountain State

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 with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 18 places from across the state.

For these 18, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • 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.

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1. Randolph

Randolph, Vermont

Population: 2,049
Median Rent: $747
Distance to Closest Airport: 44 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,854
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2. Bristol

Bristol, Vermont

Population: 1,759
Median Rent: $876
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
Crime Per 100k: 739
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3. Brandon

Brandon, Vermont

Population: 1,500
Median Rent: $698
Distance to Closest Airport: 45 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,600
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4. Lyndonville

Lyndonville, Vermont

Population: 1,255
Median Rent: $709
Distance to Closest Airport: 56 miles
Crime Per 100k: 637
More on Lyndonville: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Newport

Newport, Vermont

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Population: 4,426
Median Rent: $695
Distance to Closest Airport: 56 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,491
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6. Hardwick

Hardwick, Vermont

Population: 1,409
Median Rent: $739
Distance to Closest Airport: 38 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,684
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7. Montpelier

Montpelier, Vermont

Population: 7,662
Median Rent: $909
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,145
More on Montpelier: Homes For Sale | Data
The first permanent settlement began in May 1787, when Colonel Jacob Davis and General Parley Davis arrived from Charlton, Massachusetts. General Davis surveyed the land, while Colonel Davis cleared forest and erected a large log house on the west side of the North Branch of the Winooski River. His family moved in the following winter.

8. St. Johnsbury

St. Johnsbury, Vermont

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Population: 6,153
Median Rent: $718
Distance to Closest Airport: 56 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,584
More on St. Johnsbury: Homes For Sale | Data
The town was originally granted in 1760 as part of the New Hampshire Grants and named Bessborough. It was regranted by Vermont in 1786 as Dunmore, and settled the same year. An early settler was Jonathan Arnold, a member of the Continental Congress and author of Rhode Island’s act of secession from the United Kingdom in May 1776. Arnold left Rhode Island in 1787 and, with six other families, built homes at what is now the town center.

9. Bennington

Bennington, Vermont

Population: 8,945
Median Rent: $825
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,538
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First of the New Hampshire Grants, Bennington was chartered on January 3, 1749, by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth and named in his honor. It was granted to William Williams and 61 others, mostly from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The town was first settled in 1761 by four families from Hardwick and two from Amherst, Massachusetts. They were led by Capt. Samuel Robinson, who camped in the river valley on his return from the French and Indian War.

10. Middlebury

Middlebury, Vermont

Population: 6,922
Median Rent: $855
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,675
More on Middlebury: Homes For Sale | Data
One of the New Hampshire Grants, Middlebury was chartered by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth on November 2, 1761. The name “Middlebury” came from its location between the towns of Salisbury and New Haven. It was awarded to John Evarts and 62 others. The French and Indian Wars ended in 1763, and the first settlers arrived in 1766. John Chipman was the first to clear his land, Lot Seven. During the Revolutionary War, much of the town was burned in Carleton’s Raid on November 6, 1778. After the war concluded in 1783, settlers returned to rebuild homes, clear forests and establish farms. Principal crops were grains and hay.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire 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
  • Winooski
  • Springfield

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Vermont

City Rank Population Median Rent Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Randolph 1 2,049 $747 44 1,854
Bristol 2 1,759 $876 23 739
Brandon 3 1,500 $698 45 2,600
Lyndonville 4 1,255 $709 56 637
Newport 5 4,426 $695 56 1,491
Hardwick 6 1,409 $739 38 4,684
Montpelier 7 7,662 $909 32 3,145
St. Johnsbury 8 6,153 $718 56 2,584
Bennington 9 8,945 $825 32 4,538
Middlebury 10 6,922 $855 32 1,675
Bellows Falls 11 3,032 $828 72 1,879
Fair Haven 12 2,273 $869 60 1,671
South Burlington 13 18,704 $1326 2 3,159
Brattleboro 14 7,322 $877 63 6,733
Milton 15 1,974 $927 11 5,319
Springfield 16 3,731 $780 76 4,583
Winooski 17 7,209 $1027 2 2,926
St. Albans 18 6,858 $859 21 7,115

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