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

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.

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.

1. South Burlington

South Burlington, Vermont

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,704
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $271,900 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (5th best)
More on South Burlington: Real Estate | Data
When you’re looking at things from purely a scientific standpoint, South Burlington is by far, the best place in the state of Vermont.

We’re not saying that places where people are broke is a bad thing, inherently. But it’s certainly not desirable, right? South Burlington is the opposite of broke. The residents here earn way above the state average in household income, and the homes are among the most expensive in the state ($271,900). Plus, the unemployment rate is as close to zero as you can get.

South Burlington has it made.

2. Woodstock

Woodstock, Vermont

Population: 1,054
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $381,300 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (3rd best)
More on Woodstock: Real Estate | Data
Woodstock is another gem in Green Mountain State. The unemployment rate here is 3rd lowest in the entire state at 2.8%. Other factors that make Woodstock so desirable is the solid education and home prices.

Homes are valued at $381,300, and parents earn a combined $59,943 a year

There’s nothing like the American dream.

3. Essex Junction

Essex Junction, Vermont

Population: 9,922
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Values: $272,300 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (7th best)
More on Essex Junction: Real Estate | Data
Essex Junction offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.

The unemployment rate sits as the 7th lowest in Vermont and incomes are the 3rd highest.

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

4. Montpelier

Montpelier, Vermont

Population: 7,662
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Values: $237,300 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (11th best)
More on Montpelier: Real Estate | Data
In Montpelier, everyone loves to call Montpelier home! The median home value is the 7th highest in Vermont.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 11th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Green Mountain State.

5. Jericho

Jericho, Vermont

Population: 1,387
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Home Values: $248,200 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (2nd best)
More on Jericho: Real Estate | Data
Good things do come in small packages; it’s true for Jericho, which with a population of 1,387 makes it one of the smallest on this list.

Relatively low unemployment and relatively high adjusted income are just two blessings Jericho residents enjoy.

The 17th lowest crime rate in all of Vermont makes Jericho one of the safest place on this list.

6. Vergennes

Vergennes, Vermont

Source: Public domain

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

Enough said.

7. Rutland

Rutland, Vermont

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

8. Waterbury

Waterbury, Vermont

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,724
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Home Values: $248,600 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (18th best)
More on Waterbury: Real Estate | Data
We think the motto in Waterbury should be “Everything is greater in Waterbury,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Waterbury has some of the highest home values in Vermont, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Waterbury only has 1060.0% of its residents living in poverty.

Crime is also well below the state average, making Waterbury a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.

9. Poultney

Poultney, Vermont

Population: 1,459
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Values: $146,000 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (12th best)
More on Poultney: Real Estate | Data
If you live in Poultney, you probably know how great it is already.

Poultney has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($42,500). And the crime is really, really low (6th lowest in Vermont).

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

10. Burlington

Burlington, Vermont

Population: 42,556
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Home Values: $264,300 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (16th best)
More on Burlington: Real Estate | Data
And rounding out the top 10 best places to live in Vermont is Burlington.

Burlington followed a similar path to other cities the top 10 with its low unemployment, however it also stood out for its crime rates, which place in the top 10% of the state.

Another universally recognized great place to live, Burlington has consistently appeared as one of the best places to live in Vermont over the years.

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. 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:

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

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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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