These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Vermont


We used data and science to determine which places in Vermont go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said “she works hard for the money” and these places in Vermont definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Vermont where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Green Mountain State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 9 largest places in Vermont, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Barre
  2. Rutland
  3. Montpelier
  4. Winooski
  5. Essex Junction
  6. Middlebury
  7. Burlington
  8. South Burlington
  9. Shelburne

So listen up Shelburne as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Green Mountain State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Vermont to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 9 places in Vermont that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Barre

Barre, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,044
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 82
Transportation: 128
Utiltiies: 123

2. Rutland

Rutland, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,478
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 89
Transportation: 128
Utiltiies: 123

3. Montpelier

Montpelier, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,847
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 109
Transportation: 128
Utiltiies: 123

4. Winooski

Winooski, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,223
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 116
Transportation: 128
Utiltiies: 123

5. Essex Junction

Essex Junction, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,298
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 131
Transportation: 128
Utiltiies: 123

6. Middlebury


Population: 6,518
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 132
Transportation: 128
Utiltiies: 123

7. Burlington

Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,259
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 133
Transportation: 128
Utiltiies: 123

8. South Burlington

South Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,913
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 143
Transportation: 128
Utiltiies: 123

9. Shelburne


Population: 7,265
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Healthcare: 107
Housing: 154
Transportation: 128
Utiltiies: 123

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Vermont

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Barre 1 9,044 106 109 107
Rutland 2 16,478 106 109 107
Montpelier 3 7,847 106 109 107
Winooski 4 7,223 106 109 107
Essex Junction 5 9,298 106 109 107
Middlebury 6 6,518 106 109 107
Burlington 7 42,259 106 109 107
South Burlington 8 17,913 106 109 107
Shelburne 9 7,265 106 109 107

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