These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Vermont For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Vermont that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Vermont does this very well. Families love the Green Mountain State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Vermont that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Vermont for 2018:

  1. Norwich
  2. Hartland
  3. Stowe
  4. Shelburne
  5. East Montpelier
  6. South Burlington (Photos)
  7. Burlington (Photos)
  8. Middlebury
  9. Essex Junction (Photos)
  10. Winooski (Photos)

So hopefully West Brattleboro (the cheapest place to live in Vermont) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Vermont or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Green Mountain State For 2018

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 most 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 25 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.

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. Norwich


Population: 3,423
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 214
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137

2. Hartland


Population: 3,383
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 120
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137

3. Stowe


Population: 4,319
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Health Care: 107
Housing: 188
Transportation: 128
Utilities: 123

4. Shelburne

Shelburne, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,265
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Health Care: 107
Housing: 154
Transportation: 128
Utilities: 123

5. East Montpelier


Population: 2,591
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Health Care: 107
Housing: 152
Transportation: 128
Utilities: 123

6. South Burlington

South Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,913
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Health Care: 107
Housing: 143
Transportation: 128
Utilities: 123
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.

7. Burlington

Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,259
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Health Care: 107
Housing: 133
Transportation: 128
Utilities: 123
Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. It is located 45 miles (72 km) south of the Canada–United States border and 94 miles (151 km) 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.

8. Middlebury

Middlebury, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,518
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Health Care: 107
Housing: 132
Transportation: 128
Utilities: 123
Middlebury is the shire town (county seat) 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.

9. Essex Junction

Essex Junction, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,298
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Health Care: 107
Housing: 131
Transportation: 128
Utilities: 123
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.

10. Winooski

Winooski, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,223
Services: 106
Groceries: 109
Health Care: 107
Housing: 116
Transportation: 128
Utilities: 123
Winooski /wnuski/ 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.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Vermont that have the highest cost of living, with Norwich ranking as the most expensive city in the Green Mountain State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Vermont:

  1. West Brattleboro
  2. Putney
  3. Hardwick

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Vermont

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Norwich 1 3,423 117 103 116
Hartland 2 3,383 117 103 116
Stowe 3 4,319 106 109 107
Shelburne 4 7,265 106 109 107
East Montpelier 5 2,591 106 109 107
South Burlington 6 17,913 106 109 107
Burlington 7 42,259 106 109 107
Middlebury 8 6,518 106 109 107
Essex Junction 9 9,298 106 109 107
Winooski 10 7,223 106 109 107
Bristol 11 3,889 106 109 107
Montpelier 12 7,847 106 109 107
Bellows Falls 13 2,825 117 103 116
Hinesburg 14 4,407 106 109 107
Springfield 15 4,017 117 103 116
Vergennes 16 2,594 106 109 107
Pittsford 17 2,981 106 109 107
Northfield 18 2,969 106 109 107
Rutland 19 16,478 106 109 107
Randolph 20 4,794 106 109 107
Barre 21 9,044 106 109 107
Newport 22 4,601 106 109 107
Hardwick 23 3,014 106 109 107
Putney 24 2,698 94 119 98
West Brattleboro 25 2,837 94 119 98

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