These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Vermont


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:

  1. South Burlington (Photos)
  2. Burlington (Photos)
  3. Essex Junction (Photos)
  4. Winooski (Photos)
  5. Montpelier (Photos)
  6. Vergennes
  7. Northfield
  8. Rutland (Photos)
  9. Barre (Photos)
  10. Bellows Falls

If you’re wondering, Newport is the most affordable city in Vermont.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Vermont.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In Vermont

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.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 11 places in Vermont that have more than 2,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, South Burlington, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. South Burlington

South Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,378
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 109
Housing Index: 143
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 128
Utilities Index: 123

2. Burlington

Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,342
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 109
Housing Index: 133
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 128
Utilities Index: 123

3. Essex Junction

Essex Junction, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,552
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 109
Housing Index: 131
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 128
Utilities Index: 123

4. Winooski

Winooski, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,250
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 109
Housing Index: 116
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 128
Utilities Index: 123

5. Montpelier

Montpelier, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,760
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 109
Housing Index: 109
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 128
Utilities Index: 123

6. Vergennes

Vergennes, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,579
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 109
Housing Index: 99
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 128
Utilities Index: 123

7. Northfield

Northfield, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,677
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 109
Housing Index: 90
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 128
Utilities Index: 123

8. Rutland

Rutland, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,217
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 109
Housing Index: 89
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 128
Utilities Index: 123

9. Barre

Barre, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,955
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 109
Housing Index: 82
Healthcare Index: 107
Transportation Index: 128
Utilities Index: 123

10. Bellows Falls

Bellows Falls, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,766
Services Index: 117
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 81
Healthcare Index: 116
Transportation Index: 106
Utilities Index: 137

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

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

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

  1. Newport
  2. Bellows Falls
  3. Barre

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Vermont

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
South Burlington 1 18,378 106 109 107 143 128 123
Burlington 2 42,342 106 109 107 133 128 123
Essex Junction 3 9,552 106 109 107 131 128 123
Winooski 4 7,250 106 109 107 116 128 123
Montpelier 5 7,760 106 109 107 109 128 123
Vergennes 6 2,579 106 109 107 99 128 123
Northfield 7 2,677 106 109 107 90 128 123
Rutland 8 16,217 106 109 107 89 128 123
Barre 9 8,955 106 109 107 82 128 123
Bellows Falls 10 2,766 117 103 116 81 106 137
Newport 11 4,535 106 109 107 75 128 123

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