The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Vermont For 2024

The best places to buy a house in Vermont are Morrisville and Windsor for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Editor’s Note: This is not investment advice, and we are not financial advisers.

Suppose real estate is the most significant investment a majority of people make in their lifetime. In that case, it’s best to understand the places in Vermont with best potential return on investment.

After working in real estate adjacent roles for over a decade, I had the hypothesis that the best place to buy for a return on investment would be up-and-coming cities. Smaller cities where crime might be high now, but people still move to.

To test my hypothesis, we are going to look at places in Vermont that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average, and crime rates are higher than average.

In everyday terms, these might be “deals”. The best deal in Vermont at the moment according to Saturday Night Science? That would be Morrisville.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Vermont For 2024

  1. Morrisville
  2. Windsor
  3. Randolph
  4. West Rutland
  5. Fair Haven
  6. Swanton
  7. White River Junction
  8. Vergennes
  9. Bellows Falls
  10. West Brattleboro

Best Places To Buy A House In Vermont Map

The methodology that wen’t into this can be a bit complicated, so we’ll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Vermont For 2024

Morrisville, VT

Source: Public domain
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Population: 2,576
Median Home Price: $332,070
Population Change: 10.7%
Home Price Change: 7.1%
More on Morrisville: Data | Real Estate

2. Windsor

Windsor, VT

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Population: 2,138
Median Home Price: $259,923
Population Change: -0.3%
Home Price Change: 1.0%
More on Windsor: Crime | Real Estate

3. Randolph

Randolph, VT

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Population: 2,010
Median Home Price: $318,839
Population Change: -4.4%
Home Price Change: 4.1%
More on Randolph: Real Estate

4. West Rutland

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Population: 2,222
Median Home Price: $231,730
Population Change: 3.9%
Home Price Change: 7.3%
More on West Rutland: Real Estate

5. Fair Haven

Fair Haven, VT

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Population: 2,422
Median Home Price: $209,705
Population Change: 0.4%
Home Price Change: 2.4%
More on Fair Haven: Crime | Real Estate

Swanton, VT

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Population: 2,428
Median Home Price: $327,915
Population Change: 3.1%
Home Price Change: 7.6%
More on Swanton: Data | Crime | Real Estate

7. White River Junction

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Population: 2,766
Median Home Price: $360,462
Population Change: -0.4%
Home Price Change: 3.2%
More on White River Junction: Real Estate

Vergennes, VT

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Population: 2,561
Median Home Price: $342,717
Population Change: -0.5%
Home Price Change: 3.2%
More on Vergennes: Data | Crime | Real Estate

Bellows Falls, VT

Source: Wikipedia User Wayne Blanchard (VtWayne at en.wikipedia) | GFDL
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Population: 2,824
Median Home Price: $214,292
Population Change: 3.3%
Home Price Change: 3.6%
More on Bellows Falls: Data | Crime | Real Estate

10. West Brattleboro

West Brattleboro, VT

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Population: 2,817
Median Home Price: $297,423
Population Change: 1.7%
Home Price Change: 10.4%
More on West Brattleboro: Real Estate

Methodology: How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Vermont for 2024?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have worked on this site for another 9. Suffice it to say we’ve put a lot of thought into finding an excellent place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we’d approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Vermont. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Vermont with undervalued homes relative to pent-up demand using Saturday Night Science.

To do that, we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2018-2022 and compared it to the previous vintage. Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It’s still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still “cheap” for Vermont with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Vermont, only 27 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 27 for the above criteria, with 1 being the best. We averaged the rankings to create a “best place to buy” index, with the place having the lowest index being the best.

Turns out that Morrisville is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Green Mountain State.

Summary: The Best Places To Purchase A House In Vermont for 2024

There’s our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Vermont. And, to be clear, we aren’t necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

The best cities to buy a house in Vermont are Morrisville, Windsor, Randolph, West Rutland, Fair Haven, Swanton, White River Junction, Vergennes, Bellows Falls, and West Brattleboro.

So if we’d could rent or buy in these cities, we’d definitely buy.

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Best Places To Buy A Home In Vermont

Rank City Population Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
1 Morrisville 2,576 $332,070 10.7% 7.1%
2 Windsor 2,138 $259,923 -0.3% 1.0%
3 Randolph 2,010 $318,839 -4.4% 4.1%
4 West Rutland 2,222 $231,730 3.9% 7.3%
5 Fair Haven 2,422 $209,705 0.4% 2.4%
6 Swanton 2,428 $327,915 3.1% 7.6%
7 White River Junction 2,766 $360,462 -0.4% 3.2%
8 Vergennes 2,561 $342,717 -0.5% 3.2%
9 Bellows Falls 2,824 $214,292 3.3% 3.6%
10 West Brattleboro 2,817 $297,423 1.7% 10.4%
11 Wilder 3,634 $333,949 7.7% -2.9%
12 Milton 3,712 $427,339 -8.4% 9.3%
13 Springfield 3,946 $218,106 -3.8% 6.6%
14 Newport 4,431 $241,536 -0.3% 8.8%
15 St. Johnsbury 5,963 $226,487 2.6% 4.5%
16 Shelburne 6,195 $666,121 -2.2% 5.6%
17 Brattleboro 7,543 $322,734 2.7% 4.9%
18 St. Albans 6,891 $342,754 0.4% 8.2%
19 Middlebury 6,913 $431,724 -3.9% 2.8%
20 Winooski 8,122 $399,286 1.3% 2.2%
21 Montpelier 8,030 $400,336 0.8% 4.2%
22 Bennington 8,753 $236,017 -0.2% 7.7%
23 Barre 8,488 $287,477 -0.3% 8.8%
24 Essex Junction 10,646 $498,949 1.7% 5.8%
25 Rutland 15,819 $245,284 -0.7% 8.2%
26 South Burlington 20,241 $462,054 1.0% 5.9%
27 Burlington 44,646 $503,909 -0.1% 5.3%
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.

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