These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Vermont For 2018


These are the cream of the crop in the Green Mountain State.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out that we updated it for 2018.

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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:

  1. South Burlington (Photos)
  2. Woodstock
  3. Essex Junction (Photos)
  4. Montpelier (Photos)
  5. Jericho
  6. Vergennes
  7. Rutland (Photos)
  8. Waterbury
  9. Poultney
  10. Burlington (Photos)

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Vermont.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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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 1,100
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 1,100
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 21 cities, 19 towns, and 77 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 1,100 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

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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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

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1. South Burlington

South Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,704
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $271,900 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (5th best)
Who doesn’t want to live inSouth Burlington? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 3.7%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of South Burlington in the news in the coming months.

2. Woodstock


Population: 1,054
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $381,300 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (3rd best)
It’s obvious why Woodstock ranks 2nd in the state for best places to live: they have the 3rd lowest unemployment rate and the 1st highest home values.

Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Woodstock a great place to live.

3. Essex Junction

Essex Junction, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,922
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Values: $272,300 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (7th best)
Taking its place as the 3rd best place in Vermont is Essex Junction. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Vermont.

It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 4.2% helps thing too.

4. Montpelier

Montpelier, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,662
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Values: $237,300 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (11th best)
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Vermont, as there were only 15 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 11th lowest in Vermont (5.6%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 7th most expensive in Montpelier ($237,300), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $60,347 a year.

5. Jericho


Population: 1,387
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Home Values: $248,200 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (2nd best)
Taking its place as the 5th best place in Vermont is Jericho. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Vermont.

It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 2.1% helps thing too.

6. Vergennes

Vergennes, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,631
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Home Values: $205,900 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (18th best)
Vergennes is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it’s affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $205,900 and households earn a median salary of $53,080. One could get used to that.

7. Rutland


Population: 15,921
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Home Values: $156,100 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (10th best)
Rutland comes in at a close 7th. They have the 10th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 13th highest median income as well, which means the people in Rutland are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 15th best in the state.

8. Waterbury


Population: 1,724
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Home Values: $248,600 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (18th best)
Waterbury’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 8th highest, making Waterbury a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Waterbury has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

9. Poultney


Population: 1,459
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Values: $146,000 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (12th best)
Little Poultney has it made. It has the 12th lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for Vermont.

Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it’s a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living

We’d recommend you start saving up!

10. Burlington

Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,556
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Home Values: $264,300 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (16th best)
Burlington, population 42,556, is the largest ‘big’ city to make the top of this list. When you combine a short commute time, high employment rates and a high population density, you get a very nice place to live.

Burlington has ranked high on other similar lists in America by major news media, so we aren’t alone in our analysis.

Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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

  1. Wilder (Pop. 1,704)
  2. Woodstock (Pop. 1,054)
  3. Jericho (Pop. 1,387)
  4. Bristol (Pop. 1,759)
  5. Milton (Pop. 1,974)
  6. Waterbury (Pop. 1,724)
  7. Northfield (Pop. 1,978)
  8. South Barre (Pop. 1,380)
  9. Poultney (Pop. 1,459)
  10. North Bennington (Pop. 1,688)

Best Small Towns To Live In Vermont

  1. Norwich (Pop. 917)
  2. Dorset (Pop. 255)
  3. Old Bennington (Pop. 187)
  4. East Middlebury (Pop. 255)
  5. Greensboro (Pop. 108)
  6. Shelburne (Pop. 564)
  7. Waitsfield (Pop. 163)
  8. Fairlee (Pop. 336)
  9. East Burke (Pop. 104)
  10. East Barre (Pop. 912)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Vermont:

  1. Johnson (Pop. 1,424)
  2. Morrisville (Pop. 2,270)
  3. Newport (Pop. 4,426)

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Vermont

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
South Burlington 1 1 18,704 3.7% $271,900
Woodstock 2 2 1,054 2.8% $381,300
Essex Junction 3 3 9,922 4.2% $272,300
Montpelier 4 5 7,662 5.6% $237,300
Jericho 5 7 1,387 2.1% $248,200
Vergennes 6 9 2,631 7.6% $205,900
Rutland 7 8 15,921 5.5% $156,100
Waterbury 8 4 1,724 7.6% $248,600
Poultney 9 11 1,459 5.7% $146,000
Burlington 10 6 42,556 6.9% $264,300
Lyndonville 11 19 1,255 4.1% $116,200
Swanton 12 16 2,712 3.6% $176,000
Winooski 13 12 7,209 6.2% $223,700
North Bennington 14 14 1,688 4.7% $185,900
Barre 15 10 8,831 6.9% $151,100
St. Albans 16 13 6,858 6.8% $173,100
Bellows Falls 17 15 3,032 5.7% $128,300
Enosburg Falls 18 17 1,310 1.7% $170,700
Newport 19 18 4,426 7.9% $130,000
Morrisville 20 20 2,270 5.1% $180,500
Johnson 21 21 1,424 8.0% $155,400

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