Best Small Towns In Vermont For 2020


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Vermont are the best of the best.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Vermont.

You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Vermont, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Green Mountain State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Vermont based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Vermont ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Vermont for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Vermont? Woodstock is the best small town in Vermont based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Woodstock, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Green Mountain State check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Vermont For 2020

Woodstock, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,517
Median Income: $61,071 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $396,200 (1st Best)
More on Woodstock: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,577
Median Income: $62,202 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $221,400 (7th Best)
More on Wilder: Data | Homes For Sale

Jericho, VT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,430
Median Income: $93,182 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $263,500 (3rd Best)
More on Jericho: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,182
Median Income: $66,364 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $176,600 (13th Best)
More on South Barre: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,290
Median Income: $42,885 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $205,600 (10th Best)
More on White River Junction: Data | Homes For Sale

Waterbury, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,748
Median Income: $56,184 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $234,100 (5th Best)
More on Waterbury: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Vergennes, VT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,612
Median Income: $59,464 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $220,900 (8th Best)
More on Vergennes: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Brandon, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,323
Median Income: $52,800 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $170,200 (15th Best)
More on Brandon: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

North Bennington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,709
Median Income: $52,895 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $196,400 (11th Best)
More on North Bennington: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,033
Median Income: $52,155 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $280,900 (2nd Best)
More on Manchester Center: Data | Homes For Sale

Milton, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,217
Median Income: $60,117 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $246,100 (4th Best)
More on Milton: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,358
Median Income: $54,464 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $207,300 (9th Best)
More on Arlington: Data | Homes For Sale

Bristol, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,746
Median Income: $57,957 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $233,000 (6th Best)
More on Bristol: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Bellows Falls, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,985
Median Income: $32,576 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $130,800 (26th Best)
More on Bellows Falls: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Hardwick, VT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,313
Median Income: $43,925 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $86,200 (30th Best)
More on Hardwick: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Vermont

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2014-2018 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 30 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 30, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Vermont. Top of that list — Woodstock. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Vermont.

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Vermont are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Vermont:

  1. Richford
  2. Johnson
  3. Fair Haven

For more vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Vermont

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Woodstock, VT 1,517 $61,071.0 $396,200.0
2 Wilder, VT 1,577 $62,202.0 $221,400.0
3 Jericho, VT 1,430 $93,182.0 $263,500.0
4 South Barre, VT 1,182 $66,364.0 $176,600.0
5 White River Junction, VT 2,290 $42,885.0 $205,600.0
6 Waterbury, VT 1,748 $56,184.0 $234,100.0
7 Vergennes, VT 2,612 $59,464.0 $220,900.0
8 Brandon, VT 1,323 $52,800.0 $170,200.0
9 North Bennington, VT 1,709 $52,895.0 $196,400.0
10 Manchester Center, VT 2,033 $52,155.0 $280,900.0
11 Milton, VT 2,217 $60,117.0 $246,100.0
12 Arlington, VT 1,358 $54,464.0 $207,300.0
13 Bristol, VT 1,746 $57,957.0 $233,000.0
14 Bellows Falls, VT 2,985 $32,576.0 $130,800.0
15 Hardwick, VT 1,313 $43,925.0 $86,200.0
16 Swanton, VT 2,371 $51,538.0 $172,900.0
17 West Rutland, VT 2,151 $55,250.0 $150,400.0
18 West Brattleboro, VT 2,650 $40,108.0 $161,300.0
19 Lyndonville, VT 1,314 $32,926.0 $128,000.0
20 Castleton, VT 1,327 $18,644.0 $162,500.0
21 Morrisville, VT 2,183 $42,583.0 $169,700.0
22 Randolph, VT 2,225 $55,109.0 $180,300.0
23 Poultney, VT 1,552 $45,500.0 $131,300.0
24 Springfield, VT 4,181 $37,839.0 $137,000.0
25 Enosburg Falls, VT 1,340 $51,298.0 $168,100.0
26 Windsor, VT 2,157 $36,382.0 $161,400.0
27 Newport, VT 4,331 $39,112.0 $124,600.0
28 Fair Haven, VT 2,280 $48,367.0 $143,500.0
29 Johnson, VT 1,532 $33,125.0 $162,800.0
30 Richford, VT 1,620 $43,393.0 $99,600.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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