Where are the best places in the state of Vermont?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Green Mountain State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Vermont.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 21 places in Vermont, we came up with this list of the best places:
- South Burlington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Woodstock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Essex Junction (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Montpelier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Jericho (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Vergennes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rutland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waterbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Poultney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Burlington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out South Burlington if you’re thinking of moving to Vermont — it’s the best the Green Mountain State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Vermont.
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The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Montpelier with a population of 7,662 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 1,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 1,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 21 cities, 18 towns, and 70 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 1,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In Vermont
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Vermont across a number of criteria from one to 21, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Vermont”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Vermont.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with South Burlington at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in South Burlington.
South Burlington ranked impressively high for its crime rate (11th overall) and its short commute times (3rd).
We think that’s worth the price of admission.
You might be surprised to see the Town of Woodstock so high on the list. Unless you live in Woodstock.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 2.8%, Woodstock residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Vermont. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Woodstock is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Woodstock is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Essex Junction comes in 3rd in our best places to live in Vermont analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (7th overall) and crime rate (17th overall), Essex Junction is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.
Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Essex Junction in our lists for years to come.
Montpelier makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Vermont mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.
And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 5.6% of folks are jobless, you can bet Montpelier residents are glad to live where they do.
If you want to live in Vermont, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Jericho area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $93,636 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Jericho as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Jericho.
Vergennes has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Vermont.
The unemployment rate is the 18th lowest in the state at 7.6%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $53,080, and the average cost of a home is $205,900. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Vergennes one of America’s gems.
Rutland is another great city in Vermont with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.
Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: ” We feel incredibly safe in Rutland. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it’s wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things.”
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Waterbury one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Waterbury.
Poultney has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Poultney had the 12th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $42,500.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
We think the motto in Burlington should be “Everything is greater in Burlington,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Burlington has some of the highest home values in Vermont, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Burlington only has 2510.0% of its residents living in poverty.
Crime is also well below the state average, making Burlington a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Vermont
If you’re looking at areas in Vermont with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
South Burlington made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.
Best Towns To Live In Vermont
- Wilder (Pop. 1,704)
- Woodstock (Pop. 1,054)
- Jericho (Pop. 1,387)
- Bristol (Pop. 1,759)
- Milton (Pop. 1,974)
- Waterbury (Pop. 1,724)
- Northfield (Pop. 1,978)
- South Barre (Pop. 1,380)
- Poultney (Pop. 1,459)
- North Bennington (Pop. 1,688)
Best Small Towns To Live In Vermont
- Norwich (Pop. 917)
- Dorset (Pop. 255)
- Old Bennington (Pop. 187)
- East Middlebury (Pop. 255)
- Greensboro (Pop. 108)
- Shelburne (Pop. 564)
- East Burke (Pop. 104)
- Fairlee (Pop. 336)
- Waitsfield (Pop. 163)
- East Barre (Pop. 912)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Vermont according to the data:
- Newport (Pop. 4,426)
- Morrisville (Pop. 2,270)
- Johnson (Pop. 1,424)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Vermont