10 Best Places To Live In Vermont For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Vermont.

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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.

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:

The 10 Best Places To Live In Vermont For 2019

South Burlington, VT

Source: Public domain
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

This isn’t a knock on the rest of Vermont, but South Burlington is a little slice of heaven. South Burlington blew away the rest of the state across the board.

The weather, measured in terms of rain, sunny days and humidity, is statistically almost the best here, and the residents here earn far more than most residents in other areas of the state.

And when you have really low crime, life is good, at least those who can afford it.

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 comes in 2nd in our best places to live in Vermont analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (3rd overall) and crime rate (12th overall), Woodstock 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 Woodstock in our lists for years to come.

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

If you live in Essex Junction, you probably know how great it is already.

Essex Junction has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($61,620). And the crime is really, really low (17th lowest in Vermont).

If we could afford to move here, we probably would.

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 is known for having a great education system and has the 6th shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Montpelier is the 11th lowest in Vermont and the median income is the 4th highest in the state.

Jericho, VT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/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

If you don’t have a job in Jericho, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 2.1%. 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 $93,636.

That’s actually not a bad idea…

Vergennes, VT

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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

Vergennes is by far one of the best places to live in Vermont: the math proves it! This city has the 18th lowest unemployment rate and the 6th highest median income in all of Vermont.

Plus, the median home values are the 9th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 3rd lowest in the state, making Vergennes a safe and great place to live.

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

Rutland has a really low crime rate (6th lowest) and only 5.5% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($41,502). 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 Rutland.

Waterbury, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/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

Waterbury is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.

It’s quite a gem tucked away in Vermont.

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

At an unemployment rate of 5.7%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Poultney. And the residents command high salaries ($42,500 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($146,000 each).

We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Vermont. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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

With the unemployment rate being the 16th lowest in Vermont and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Burlington.

Plus, the crime rate is the 17th lowest in the state!

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 Cities 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.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Vermont? That would be South Burlington.

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.

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 the best place to live in Vermont for 2019.

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)

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Where Are The 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

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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