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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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 | Homes For Sale)
  2. Woodstock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Essex Junction (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Montpelier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Jericho (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Vergennes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Rutland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Waterbury (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Poultney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

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

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Vermont

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’.

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.

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.

South Burlington, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,704
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $271,900 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (5th best)
More on South Burlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Burlington ranks as the 1st best place in Vermont for 2018. Let’s take a look at why.

South Burlington has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. South Burlington’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $66,728 a year.

The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂

Woodstock, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,054
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $381,300 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (3rd best)
More on Woodstock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woodstock has a really low crime rate (12th lowest) and only 2.8% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($59,943). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Woodstock.

Essex Junction, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,922
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $272,300 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (7th best)
More on Essex Junction: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Montpelier, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,662
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $237,300 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (11th best)
More on Montpelier: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Montpelier offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.

The unemployment rate sits as the 11th lowest in Vermont and incomes are the 4th highest.

When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.

Jericho, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,387
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $248,200 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (2nd best)
More on Jericho: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Jericho has the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in Vermont. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Jericho is higher than the national average and households make $93,636 per year.

We’d move to Jericho if we could in a heart beat.

Vergennes, VT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,631
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $205,900 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (18th best)
More on Vergennes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Little Vergennes has it made. It has the 18th 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!

Rutland, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,921
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $156,100 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (10th best)
More on Rutland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you don’t have a job in Rutland, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 5.5%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $41,502.

That’s actually not a bad idea…

Waterbury, VT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,724
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $248,600 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (18th best)
More on Waterbury: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Who doesn’t want to live in Waterbury? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 7.6%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of Waterbury in the news in the coming months.

Poultney, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,459
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $146,000 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (12th best)
More on Poultney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Poultney ranks 9th on our list of best places to live in Vermont thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Vermont that we examined.

People have been flocking to Poultney over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Burlington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 42,556
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $264,300 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (16th best)
More on Burlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Burlington isn’t just the nicest place to live in Vermont – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It’s got the 16th lowest unemployment rate, the 10th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you’re looking at science and data, Burlington definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2018.

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

  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. East Burke (Pop. 104)
  8. Fairlee (Pop. 336)
  9. Waitsfield (Pop. 163)
  10. East Barre (Pop. 912)

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

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

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Vermont

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

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