Fastest Growing Cities In Vermont For 2020


We used data and science to determine the places in Vermont everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Vermont.

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Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Burlington and South Burlington, while others want peace and quiet like in St. Johnsbury and Brattleboro, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Vermont have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Green Mountain State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Vermont for 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Vermont for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Essex Junction ranks as the fastest growing city in Vermont. If you happen to be a resident of Essex Junction, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Vermont are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Vermont or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Vermont state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Vermont For 2020

Essex Junction, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,395
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,155
Percent Growth 13.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,240
More on Essex Junction: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Essex Junction is a village located within the town of Essex in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. The population was 9,271 at the 2010 census. It was incorporated on November 15, 1892.

South Burlington, VT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 18,975
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 17,356
Percent Growth 9.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,619
More on South Burlington: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

South Burlington is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. It is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Vermont and home to the headquarters of Ben & Jerry's and Vermont's largest mall, the University Mall. It is also one in the principal municipalities of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area.

Middlebury, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,855
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,526
Percent Growth 5.0%
Absolute Growth: 329
More on Middlebury: Homes For Sale | 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.

Winooski, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,232
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 7,133
Percent Growth 1.4%
Absolute Growth: 99
More on Winooski: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Winooski is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. Located on the Winooski River, as of the 2010 U.S. Census the municipal population was 7,267. The city is the most densely populated municipality in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It is the smallest in area of Vermont's nine incorporated cities. As part of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area, it is bordered by Burlington, Colchester, and South Burlington.

Burlington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 42,513
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 41,935
Percent Growth 1.4%
Absolute Growth: 578
More on Burlington: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. It is located 45 miles south of the Canada-United States border and 94 miles south of Canada's second most populous municipality, Montreal. The city's population was 42,452 according to a 2015 U.S. census estimate. It is the least populous municipality in the United States to be the most populous incorporated area in a state.

Bennington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,836
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,969
Percent Growth -1.5%
Absolute Growth: -133
More on Bennington: Homes For Sale | 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.

St. Albans, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,824
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,044
Percent Growth -3.1%
Absolute Growth: -220
More on St. Albans: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Barre, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,711
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 9,112
Percent Growth -4.4%
Absolute Growth: -401
More on Barre: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Montpelier, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,547
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 7,903
Percent Growth -4.5%
Absolute Growth: -356
More on Montpelier: Homes For Sale | 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.

Brattleboro, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,771
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 7,136
Percent Growth -5.1%
Absolute Growth: -365
More on Brattleboro: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Brattleboro, originally Brattleborough, is a town in Windham County, Vermont, United States. The most populous municipality abutting Vermont's eastern border, Brattleboro is located about 10 miles north of the Massachusetts state line, at the confluence of Vermont's West River and the Connecticut. In 2014, Brattleboro's population was estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to be 11,765.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Green Mountain State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 12 Vermont cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Green Mountain State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Vermont with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Vermont Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Vermont, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Vermont are led by Essex Junction which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. St. Johnsbury
  2. Rutland
  3. Brattleboro

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Vermont For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Essex Junction 13.5% 10,395 9,155
2 South Burlington 9.3% 18,975 17,356
3 Middlebury 5.0% 6,855 6,526
4 Winooski 1.4% 7,232 7,133
5 Burlington 1.4% 42,513 41,935
6 Bennington -1.5% 8,836 8,969
7 St. Albans -3.1% 6,824 7,044
8 Barre -4.4% 8,711 9,112
9 Montpelier -4.5% 7,547 7,903
10 Brattleboro -5.1% 6,771 7,136

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