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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.
The Best Counties To Live In Vermont For 2021
Biggest Place: Burlington
Biggest Place: Middlebury
Biggest Place: Barre
Biggest Place: Alburgh
Median Income: $71,587 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $274,800.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 423.4% (14th best)
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Biggest Place: Rutland
Biggest Place: St. Albans
Biggest Place: Randolph
Biggest Place: Springfield
Biggest Place: Morrisville
10. Caledonia County
Biggest Place: St. Johnsbury
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.
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:
- Essex County
- Windham County
- Orleans County
For more Vermont reading, check out:
- Best Places To Retire In Vermont
- Best Places To Buy A House In Vermont
- Cheapest Places To Live In Vermont
- Best Places To Raise A Family In Vermont
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Vermont
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