The 10 Best Counties To Live In Vermont For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Vermont have the most for people looking to make the move to Vermont.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best counties to live in Vermont.

Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Vermont a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes... if you know where to locate the best places to live in Vermont.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Green Mountain State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn't our first rodeo -- we've been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Vermont, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 14 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Green Mountain State for 2021.

Chittenden County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Vermont. And you might want to avoid Essex County if you can -- at least according to the data.

So if you're thinking of making the move Vermont, we've got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Vermont and the cheapest places to live in Vermont.

The Best Counties To Live In Vermont For 2021

1. Chittenden County

Burlington, VT

Biggest Place: Burlington

Population: 162,646
Median Income: $73,647 (best)
Median Home Price: $297,900.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 347.9% (3rd best)
More on Chittenden County: PhotosData

2. Addison County

Vergennes, VT

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Middlebury

Population: 36,882
Median Income: $68,825 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $249,700.0 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 393.4% (11th best)
More on Addison County: PhotosData

3. Washington County

Montpelier, VT

Biggest Place: Barre

Population: 58,350
Median Income: $62,791 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $226,900.0 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 316.7% (2nd best)
More on Washington County: PhotosData

4. Grand Isle County

Biggest Place: Alburgh

Population: 7,022
Median Income: $71,587 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $274,800.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 423.4% (14th best)
More on Grand Isle County: Data

5. Rutland County

Rutland, VT

Biggest Place: Rutland

Population: 58,892
Median Income: $56,139 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $177,400.0 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 314.3% (best)
More on Rutland County: PhotosData

6. Franklin County

Enosburg Falls, VT

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: St. Albans

Population: 49,116
Median Income: $65,485 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $216,200.0 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 369.6% (7th best)
More on Franklin County: PhotosData

7. Orange County

Randolph, VT

Biggest Place: Randolph

Population: 28,908
Median Income: $60,925 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $192,700.0 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 374.9% (8th best)
More on Orange County: PhotosData

8. Windsor County

Woodstock, VT

Biggest Place: Springfield

Population: 55,275
Median Income: $60,987 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $224,500.0 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 379.5% (9th best)
More on Windsor County: PhotosData

9. Lamoille County

Morrisville, VT

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Morrisville

Population: 25,318
Median Income: $64,003 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $225,600.0 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 367.3% (6th best)
More on Lamoille County: PhotosData

10. Caledonia County

St. Johnsbury, VT

Source: Wikipedia User |

Biggest Place: St. Johnsbury

Population: 30,234
Median Income: $50,563 (12th best)
Median Home Price: $169,500.0 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 352.3% (4th best)
More on Caledonia County: PhotosData

How do you determine which Vermont county is the best?

To give you the best county in Vermont, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what's a "best county" and what isn't. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you'd make at a bar using facts, don't take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Vermont across each of the criteria from one to 14, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the "Best County To Live In Vermont".

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Green Mountain State.

Read on to see why Chittenden County is the best county, while Essex County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Vermont.

There You Have It - The Best Counties In Vermont To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Vermont can vary from one part of the state to the next -- who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that's why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here's a look at the worst counties in Vermont according to the data:

  1. Essex County
  2. Windham County
  3. Orleans County

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Vermont

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Chittenden County 1 162,646 $73,647 $297,900.0
Addison County 2 36,882 $68,825 $249,700.0
Washington County 3 58,350 $62,791 $226,900.0
Grand Isle County 4 7,022 $71,587 $274,800.0
Rutland County 5 58,892 $56,139 $177,400.0
Franklin County 6 49,116 $65,485 $216,200.0
Orange County 7 28,908 $60,925 $192,700.0
Windsor County 8 55,275 $60,987 $224,500.0
Lamoille County 9 25,318 $64,003 $225,600.0
Caledonia County 10 30,234 $50,563 $169,500.0
Bennington County 11 35,746 $56,183 $207,600.0
Orleans County 12 26,901 $49,168 $162,000.0
Windham County 13 42,823 $51,985 $214,200.0
Essex County 14 6,200 $44,349 $136,600.0

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About Chris Kolmar

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