These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Vermont For 2018


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

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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 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Vermont for 2018:

  1. Wilder (Homes For Sale)
  2. Woodstock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Jericho (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Manchester Center (Homes For Sale)
  5. Bristol (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Milton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Waterbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. North Bennington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Vergennes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. South Barre (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Wilder, 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.

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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 2012-2016 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 — Wilder.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Vermont.

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1. Wilder


Population: 1,704
Median Income: $66,307 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $223,800 (6th Best)
More on Wilder: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Woodstock

Woodstock, VT

Population: 1,054
Median Income: $59,943 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $381,300 (1st Best)
More on Woodstock: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

3. Jericho

Jericho, VT

Population: 1,387
Median Income: $93,636 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $248,200 (4th Best)
More on Jericho: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

4. Manchester Center


Population: 2,232
Median Income: $48,462 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $277,300 (2nd Best)
More on Manchester Center: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Bristol

Bristol, VT

Population: 1,759
Median Income: $55,139 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $214,400 (8th Best)
More on Bristol: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

6. Milton

Milton, VT

Population: 1,974
Median Income: $49,808 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $243,400 (5th Best)
More on Milton: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

7. Waterbury

Waterbury, VT

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,724
Median Income: $52,083 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $248,600 (3rd Best)
More on Waterbury: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

8. North Bennington

North Bennington, VT

Population: 1,688
Median Income: $52,500 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $185,900 (11th Best)
More on North Bennington: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

9. Vergennes

Vergennes, VT

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,631
Median Income: $53,080 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $205,900 (9th Best)
More on Vergennes: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

10. South Barre


Population: 1,380
Median Income: $52,292 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $173,700 (15th Best)
More on South Barre: Data| Homes For Sale

11. West Brattleboro

West Brattleboro, VT

Population: 2,657
Median Income: $36,838 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $177,100 (13th Best)
More on West Brattleboro: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

12. Poultney

Poultney, VT

Population: 1,459
Median Income: $42,500 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $146,000 (23rd Best)
More on Poultney: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

13. White River Junction


Population: 2,299
Median Income: $45,375 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $193,400 (10th Best)
More on White River Junction: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Swanton

Swanton, VT

Population: 2,712
Median Income: $41,330 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $176,000 (14th Best)
More on Swanton: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

15. Arlington


Population: 1,307
Median Income: $46,200 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $222,600 (7th Best)
More on Arlington: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Brandon

Brandon, VT

Population: 1,500
Median Income: $45,357 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $160,500 (19th Best)
More on Brandon: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

17. West Rutland


Population: 2,064
Median Income: $51,369 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $155,900 (20th Best)
More on West Rutland: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Windsor


Population: 2,021
Median Income: $32,473 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $164,800 (18th Best)
More on Windsor: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Morrisville

Morrisville, VT

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,270
Median Income: $37,939 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $180,500 (12th Best)
More on Morrisville: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

20. Enosburg Falls

Enosburg Falls, VT

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,310
Median Income: $39,500 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $170,700 (17th Best)
More on Enosburg Falls: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

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 20 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. Newport

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Vermont

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Wilder 1,704 $66,307 $223,800
2 Woodstock 1,054 $59,943 $381,300
3 Jericho 1,387 $93,636 $248,200
4 Manchester Center 2,232 $48,462 $277,300
5 Bristol 1,759 $55,139 $214,400
6 Milton 1,974 $49,808 $243,400
7 Waterbury 1,724 $52,083 $248,600
8 North Bennington 1,688 $52,500 $185,900
9 Vergennes 2,631 $53,080 $205,900
10 South Barre 1,380 $52,292 $173,700
11 West Brattleboro 2,657 $36,838 $177,100
12 Poultney 1,459 $42,500 $146,000
13 White River Junction 2,299 $45,375 $193,400
14 Swanton 2,712 $41,330 $176,000
15 Arlington 1,307 $46,200 $222,600
16 Brandon 1,500 $45,357 $160,500
17 West Rutland 2,064 $51,369 $155,900
18 Windsor 2,021 $32,473 $164,800
19 Morrisville 2,270 $37,939 $180,500
20 Enosburg Falls 1,310 $39,500 $170,700
21 Hardwick 1,409 $36,389 $121,300
22 Williamstown 1,185 $47,500 $133,000
23 Springfield 3,731 $33,254 $131,600
24 Lyndonville 1,255 $29,688 $116,200
25 Bellows Falls 3,032 $31,963 $128,300
26 Randolph 2,049 $43,750 $172,300
27 Fair Haven 2,273 $37,644 $146,200
28 Newport 4,426 $32,083 $130,000
29 Johnson 1,424 $32,868 $155,400
30 Richford 1,397 $35,750 $105,000

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