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:
- 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 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 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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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…
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 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 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
- 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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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Vermont