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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Vermont for 2019:
- 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 10 Best Places To Live In Vermont For 2019
When you look at it from a scientific perspective, South Burlington is the best place you can live in Vermont. Here’s why:
It’s really safe in this city with the 11th lowest crime rate. Plus, the median household income sits at $66,728 (Good for 2nd best).
There are plenty of jobs nearby, as evident by the 3.7% unemployment rate.
Add that all up and South Burlington places 1st in our ranking of the best places to live in Vermont for 2019.
Woodstock ranks as the 2nd best place in Vermont for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.
Woodstock has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Woodstock’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $59,943 a year.
The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Essex Junction. The crime is the 17th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Essex Junction make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $272,300 and households make $61,620 which is good for 3rd in Vermont.
Montpelier 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 $237,300 and households earn a median salary of $60,347. One could get used to that.
At an unemployment rate of 2.1%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Jericho. And the residents command high salaries ($93,636 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($248,200 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.
The Town of Vergennes might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Vergennes isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $205,900 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Vermont.
If Vergennes can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (7.6% is the 18th highest in the state.
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Vermont, Rutland came in 7th. Let’s see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Rutland has an impressive history for a place of just over 15,921 people. The median home costs a cool $156,100 and households make $41,502 which is good for 13th in Vermont.
Waterbury has a strong showing in our best places to live in Vermont analysis, coming it at 8th best.
It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.
If you’re thinking of moving to Vermont, Waterbury is a great option.
Poultney offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.
The unemployment rate sits as the 12th lowest in Vermont and incomes are the 12th highest.
When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.
Burlington is known for having a great education system and has the 9th shortest commute time.
Additionally, the unemployment rate in Burlington is the 16th lowest in Vermont and the median income is the 10th highest 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’.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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
- 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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