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 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.
South Burlington has a strong showing in our best places to live in Vermont analysis, coming it at 1st 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, South Burlington is a great option.
Woodstock has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Woodstock had the 5th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $59,943.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
With the unemployment rate being the 7th lowest in Vermont and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Essex Junction.
Plus, the crime rate is the 17th lowest in the state!
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.
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Jericho. The crime is the 17th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Jericho make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $248,200 and households make $93,636 which is good for 1st in Vermont.
We think the motto in Vergennes should be “Everything is greater in Vergennes,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Vergennes has some of the highest home values in Vermont, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Vergennes only has 1150.0% of its residents living in poverty.
Crime is also well below the state average, making Vergennes a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.
At an unemployment rate of 5.5%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Rutland. And the residents command high salaries ($41,502 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($156,100 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.
Tiny Waterbury (population 1,724) packs a big punch when it comes to desirability in the state of Vermont.
It looks like the mayor has things going in the right direction: Crime is the 8th lowest in the state and incomes are the 8th highest. Top that off with the 9th most educated adult population and Waterbury won’t be staying tiny for much longer.
Poultney has a really low crime rate (6th lowest) and only 5.7% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($42,500). 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 Poultney.
Perhaps what makes Burlington so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Burlington great. They also have the 10th highest median income and the 9th shortest commute time.
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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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Vermont