The 10 Best Places To Retire In Vermont For 2019


We analyzed over 18 places in Vermont to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Vermont.

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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 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.

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.

For Vermont state reading:

Randolph, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,049
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $747
Distance to Closest Airport: 44 miles
More on Randolph: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,759
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $876
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
More on Bristol: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Brandon, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,500
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $698
Distance to Closest Airport: 45 miles
More on Brandon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lyndonville, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,255
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $709
Distance to Closest Airport: 56 miles
More on Lyndonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newport, VT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,426
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $695
Distance to Closest Airport: 56 miles
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hardwick, VT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,409
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $739
Distance to Closest Airport: 38 miles
More on Hardwick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Montpelier, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,662
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 11)
Median Rent: $909
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
More on Montpelier: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,153
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $718
Distance to Closest Airport: 56 miles
More on St. Johnsbury: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,945
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $825
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
More on Bennington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,922
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $855
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
More on Middlebury: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

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.

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.

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:

  1. St. Albans
  2. Winooski
  3. Springfield

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Vermont?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Randolph 2,049 $747
2 Bristol 1,759 $876
3 Brandon 1,500 $698
4 Lyndonville 1,255 $709
5 Newport 4,426 $695
6 Hardwick 1,409 $739
7 Montpelier 7,662 $909
8 St. Johnsbury 6,153 $718
9 Bennington 8,945 $825
10 Middlebury 6,922 $855

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