Best Places To Retire In Vermont For 2020

We analyzed over 18 places in Vermont to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Vermont.

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Thinking of calling it quits on your career and settling down in the Green Mountain State? We've figured out which places in Vermont are the best for retirement.

If the cold doesn't bother you too much, Vermont's a great state to retire in. Whether you're a life-long Ben and Jerry's fan who wants to be closer to the source or a maple syrup enthusiast who wants to tap a tree in their own backyard, Vermont's got you covered. Maybe you just really love cheddar cheese and want the best the country has to offer. And it doesn't matter if you're a hardcore skier or just really love quaint mountain resorts because Stowe will meet your needs either way. Between the good food and first-class resorts for winter sports, Vermont is sure to keep you occupied in your retirement. As a bonus, Vermont is the third safest state in the country, so you won't have to worry about crime in your retirement.

While Vermont's biggest cities are Burlington and Rutland, they aren't the best spots to retire. The places on this list are mostly somewhere in between the two biggest cities, with some outliers like Newport (basically in Canada) and Bennington (in the southwestern corner, near the Massachusetts and New York borders). If you've got kids or grandkids you don't want to be too far from, make a note that 60% of the cities on this list overlap with our list of best cities to raise a family in Vermont. You may just have an easy time convincing the family to move close by.

Snap on your skis, fill a mason jar with maple syrup, and get ready, because we're visiting the best places in Vermont to retire.

Why did Bristol take the top spot? And where are Burlington and South Burlington?

There you have it: the best places to retire in Vermont. These are the places that, according to the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, have the lowest costs of living and crime rates. They're also places with plenty of things to do and nice weather in which to enjoy them. Keep in mind that we only looked at cities with a population of at least 1,000, which left us with 24 cities to rank.

What's the best place to retire in Vermont? According to the data, Bristol is the winner of that title for 2020. Super low rent, proximity to an airport, and safe streets all helped Bristol achieve its #1 ranking.

If you were thinking of retiring somewhere in Vermont not listed above, check out the complete list below to see how your prospective city fared.

For more Vermont state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Vermont For 2020

Bristol, VT

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Population: 1,746
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,102
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
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Bristol is a town in Addison County, Vermont, United States. The town was founded June 26, 1762. The population was 3,894 at the 2010 census. Main Street is home to most of the businesses of the town. The town is also home to the Lord's Prayer Rock.

Vergennes, VT

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Population: 2,612
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $1,024
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
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Swanton, VT

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Population: 2,371
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Rent: $781
Distance to Closest Airport: 25 miles
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Bellows Falls, VT

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Population: 2,985
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 10)
Median Rent: $731
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
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Lyndonville, VT

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Population: 1,314
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Rent: $707
Distance to Closest Airport: 56 miles
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Montpelier, VT

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Population: 7,547
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Rent: $992
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
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Montpelier is the capital city of the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Washington County. As the site of Vermont's state government, it is the least populous state capital in the United States. The population was 7,855 at the 2010 census. However, the daytime population swells to about 21,000, due to the large number of jobs within city limits. The Vermont College of Fine Arts and New England Culinary Institute are located in the municipality. It was named for Montpellier, France.

St. Johnsbury, VT

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Population: 5,882
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $758
Distance to Closest Airport: 56 miles
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St. Johnsbury is the shire town of Caledonia County, Vermont, United States. The population was 7,603 at the 2010 census. St. Johnsbury is located approximately 10 miles northwest of the Connecticut River and 48 miles south of the Canada-U.S. border.

Brandon, VT

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Population: 1,323
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $850
Distance to Closest Airport: 45 miles
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Bennington, VT

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Population: 8,836
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $843
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
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Bennington is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, in the United States. It is one of two shire towns of the county, the other being Manchester. The population is 15,431, as of 2014 US Census estimates. Bennington is the most populous town in southern Vermont, the third-largest town in Vermont and the sixth-largest municipality in the state including the cities of Burlington, Rutland, and South Burlington in the count.

Barre, VT

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Population: 8,711
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $736
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Green Mountain State for 2020

To create our list of the best places in Vermont to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Green Mountain State -- 120 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 1,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 24 places from across the state.

For these 24, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 24, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Bristol, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Vermont Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Vermont goes to Bristol.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. St. Albans
  2. Burlington
  3. South Burlington

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Vermont?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Bristol 1,746 $1,102
2 Vergennes 2,612 $1,024
3 Swanton 2,371 $781
4 Bellows Falls 2,985 $731
5 Lyndonville 1,314 $707
6 Montpelier 7,547 $992
7 St. Johnsbury 5,882 $758
8 Brandon 1,323 $850
9 Bennington 8,836 $843
10 Barre 8,711 $736

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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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0 thoughts on “Best Places To Retire In Vermont, 2020

  1. Your an idiot. It’s almost impossible to retire in Vermont unless you are well off financially. Property taxes are outrageous and denie the average person the ability to retire here . The main reason people retire to the south is inexpensive property taxes.

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