THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Vermont For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to live in Vermont.

Vermont is the best at everything: they are the second best state for families and one of the top safest states in the country, so it's no surprise that they have some of the best places to call home.

Whether you're taking advantage of long summer nights by on the Winooski side of Lake Champlain, enjoying a nice walk through the natural landscape in Montpelier, or just hangin' with the good 'ol people of The Green Mountain State, Vermont is the best. Needless to say, it was very difficult to narrow down the top ten best places to live in this New England state.

But, HomeSnacks did it. How'd we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 21 cities. We looked at important factors like cost of living, crime, unemployment rates, rent and median home values for every place with over 1,000 residents.

We discovered that there are awesome places in Vermont for every type of person. There's Burlington for those people who love ice cream, Wilder for the outdoorsy type, and make sure to give Barre a second look if you're into that whole idyllic-Norman Rockwell vibe.

So where are these amazing places in Vermont where homes are affordable, jobs are plentiful, and neighborhoods are safe? Read on.

Ask any Vermonter and they will tell you that their side of New England is the best. And while that might be true for many, the Vermonters that live in our top ten best places for 2020 are truly the winners.

What's the best place to live in vermont for 2020? Drum roll... the number one best place to live in Vermont is Woodstock based on the most recent Census data.

We are not at all surprised. Woodstock has homes that are affordable, plentiful jobs with competitive salaries, and its neighborhoods are safe.

To see how your city compared, take a look at the list below. And if you don't find your favorite there, head on down to the bottom.

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 2020

Woodstock, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,517
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $396,200 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (1st best)
More on Woodstock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Woodstock is a wonderful place to live in this state.

The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don't hurt either!

While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Woodstock still holds its own in in Vermont.

South Burlington, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 18,975
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $299,100 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (6th best)
More on South Burlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Burlington has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Vermont. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this South Burlington is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for South Burlington residents to work is significantly higher than average.

Montpelier, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,547
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $247,600 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (9th best)
More on Montpelier: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Montpelier has it made. In fact, according to science, it's one of the best places to live in the state of Vermont.

The unemployment rate is the 9th lowest in the state at 3.9%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $64,405, and the average cost of a home is $247,600. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn't be surprised if more and more publications call Montpelier one of America's gems.

Vergennes, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,612
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $220,900 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (11th best)
More on Vergennes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

You might be surprised to see the Town of Vergennes so high on the list. Unless you live in Vergennes.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 4.4%, Vergennes residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Vermont. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Vergennes is doing quite well.

Let's be honest -- Vergennes is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Jericho, VT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,430
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $263,500 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (2nd best)
More on Jericho: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 2.2%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

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

Essex Junction, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,395
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $283,400 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (5th best)
More on Essex Junction: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taking its place as the 6th 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 3.1% helps thing too.

Burlington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 42,513
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $279,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (12th best)
More on Burlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Burlington broke into the top ten best places to live in Vermont on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.

It placed 12th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 12th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 8th shortest average commute time of any place in Vermont.

Lyndonville, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,314
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $128,000 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (15th best)
More on Lyndonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lyndonville has a really low crime rate (4th lowest) and only 5.9% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($32,926). 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 Lyndonville.

St. Albans, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,824
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $177,700 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (16th best)
More on St. Albans: Real Estate | Data | Photos

When you're looking at the best places you could live in Vermont, St. Albans came in 9th. Let's see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, St. Albans has an impressive history for a place of just over 6,824 people. The median home costs a cool $177,700 and households make $53,113 which is good for 8th in Vermont.

Waterbury, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,748
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $234,100 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (7th best)
More on Waterbury: Real Estate | Data | Photos

At an unemployment rate of 3.7%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Waterbury. And the residents command high salaries ($56,184 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($234,100 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.

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 7,547 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 cities to live in Vermont 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. You can download the data here.

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

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 Woodstock 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.

Woodstock made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Vermont for 2020.

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. 4,331)
  2. Morrisville (Pop. 2,183)
  3. Johnson (Pop. 1,532)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Vermont?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Woodstock 1,517 2.1% $396,200
2 South Burlington 18,975 3.3% $299,100
3 Montpelier 7,547 3.9% $247,600
4 Vergennes 2,612 4.4% $220,900
5 Jericho 1,430 2.2% $263,500
6 Essex Junction 10,395 3.1% $283,400
7 Burlington 42,513 4.4% $279,000
8 Lyndonville 1,314 5.9% $128,000
9 St. Albans 6,824 6.0% $177,700
10 Waterbury 1,748 3.7% $234,100

How Is Your Town In ?

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.

One thought on “THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Vermont For 2020

  1. RUTLAND?! aka Rutvegas?!? No no no sorry but Rutland is actually considered the WORST place to live in Vermont. Trust me, ask any Vermonter. You seriously need to change this list. Also how is Shelburne not on this list?

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