10 Best Places To Live In Vermont For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Vermont.

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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.

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.

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 2019

South Burlington, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,704
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $271,900 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (5th best)
More on South Burlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taking its place as the best place in Vermont is South Burlington. 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 3.7% helps thing too.

Woodstock, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,054
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $381,300 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (3rd best)
More on Woodstock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woodstock had the 3rd lowest unemployment of any place in our research (2.8%) and the 12th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Woodstock is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it's like to live there.

Essex Junction, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,922
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $272,300 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (7th best)
More on Essex Junction: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Essex Junction comes in at a close 3rd. They have the 7th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 3rd highest median income as well, which means the people in Essex Junction are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 2nd best in the state.

Montpelier, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,662
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $237,300 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (11th best)
More on Montpelier: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 5.6%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

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

Jericho, VT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,387
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $248,200 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (2nd best)
More on Jericho: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jericho offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town's charm.

The unemployment rate sits as the 2nd lowest in Vermont and incomes are the highest.

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

Vergennes, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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

With the unemployment rate being the 18th lowest in Vermont and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Vergennes.

Plus, the crime rate is the 3rd lowest in the state!

Rutland, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

There's two types of people who live in Rutland. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $156,100 home there.

Either way, you're set. Your kids go to great schools, there's a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Rutland is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

Waterbury, VT

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,724
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $248,600 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (18th best)
More on Waterbury: Real Estate | Data | Photos

In Waterbury, everyone loves to call Waterbury home! The median home value is the 5th highest in Vermont.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 18th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Green Mountain State.

Waterbury should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.

Poultney, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,459
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $146,000 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (12th best)
More on Poultney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Vermont, as there were only 3 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 12th lowest in Vermont (5.7%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 18th most expensive in Poultney ($146,000), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $42,500 a year.

Burlington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 42,556
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $264,300 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (16th best)
More on Burlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Burlington ranks as the 10th best place in Vermont for 2019. Let's take a look at why.

Burlington has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Burlington's cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries - to the tune of $46,754 a year.

The knock? We can't really find one 🙂

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'.

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.

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

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

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Where Are 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

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.

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