The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Vermont For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Vermont that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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

Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Vermont does this very well. Families love the Green Mountain State's beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state -- and that's how we're going to help you.

These are the places in Vermont that cost a pretty penny -- the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Vermont for 2021.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Vermont? That would be Burlington.
the 2015-2019 American Community Survey for the 19 places in Vermont with more than 1,000 people.

Here are the 10 most expensive places to live in Vermont for 2021:

  1. Burlington
  2. South Burlington
  3. Winooski
  4. Woodstock
  5. Johnson
  6. Essex Junction
  7. Lyndonville
  8. Barre
  9. Montpelier
  10. North Bennington

What's the most expensive place to live in Vermont? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Burlington is the most expensive place to live in Vermont.

So hopefully Swanton (the cheapest place to live in Vermont) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Vermont and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Vermont For 2021

1. BurlingtonBurlington, VT

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Population: 42,545
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.5x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 42.4x (3rd most expensive)
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The median income in Burlington comes in at $51,394 and the median home value is $284,500 for 2021.

2. South BurlingtonSouth Burlington, VT

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8.5
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Population: 19,162
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.2x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.2x (9th most expensive)
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The median income in South Burlington comes in at $73,065 and the median home value is $307,500 for 2021.

3. WinooskiWinooski, VT

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Population: 7,242
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.4x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 45.2x (5th most expensive)
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The median income in Winooski comes in at $51,728 and the median home value is $225,200 for 2021.

4. WoodstockWoodstock, VT

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Population: 1,245
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.4x (most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 65.1x (17th most expensive)
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The median income in Woodstock comes in at $58,542 and the median home value is $430,800 for 2021.

5. JohnsonJohnson, VT

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Population: 1,452
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.7x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 39.4x (most expensive)
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The median income in Johnson comes in at $33,214 and the median home value is $157,600 for 2021.

6. Essex JunctionEssex Junction, VT

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7.5
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Population: 10,603
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.7x (10th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.9x (13th most expensive)
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The median income in Essex Junction comes in at $80,019 and the median home value is $298,200 for 2021.

7. LyndonvilleLyndonville, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 1,411
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.0x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 42.3x (2nd most expensive)
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The median income in Lyndonville comes in at $33,550 and the median home value is $132,600 for 2021.

8. BarreBarre, VT

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Population: 8,646
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.2x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.6x (8th most expensive)
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The median income in Barre comes in at $38,142 and the median home value is $158,300 for 2021.

9. MontpelierMontpelier, VT

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8.5
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Population: 7,477
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.9x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 63.7x (16th most expensive)
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The median income in Montpelier comes in at $65,078 and the median home value is $252,600 for 2021.

10. North BenningtonNorth Bennington, VT

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7
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Population: 1,715
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.7x (11th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.3x (11th most expensive)
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The median income in North Bennington comes in at $53,603 and the median home value is $199,000 for 2021.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Green Mountain State For 2021

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Vermont
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2015-2019 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Vermont to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 19 places in Vermont that have more than 1,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Vermont according to the data is Burlington. You can download the data here.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Vermont For 2021

Well there you have it, the places in Vermont that have the highest cost of living, with Burlington ranking as the most expensive city in the Green Mountain State.

Here's a look at the most affordable cities in Vermont according to the data:

  1. Swanton
  2. Enosburg Falls
  3. Rutland

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Vermont

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Burlington 3.0 42,545 5.5x 42.4x
2 South Burlington 5.33 19,162 4.2x 52.2x
3 Winooski 5.33 7,242 4.4x 45.2x
4 Woodstock 6.33 1,245 7.4x 65.1x
5 Johnson 6.33 1,452 4.7x 39.4x
6 Essex Junction 8.67 10,603 3.7x 60.9x
7 Lyndonville 9.0 1,411 4.0x 42.3x
8 Barre 9.33 8,646 4.2x 51.6x
9 Montpelier 10.33 7,477 3.9x 63.7x
10 North Bennington 10.33 1,715 3.7x 56.3x
11 Bellows Falls 10.33 3,007 3.9x 42.8x
12 St. Albans 11.67 6,804 3.4x 53.4x
13 Morrisville 12.0 2,216 3.4x 56.6x
14 Poultney 12.0 1,545 3.7x 47.7x
15 Vergennes 13.33 2,596 3.4x 65.4x
16 Newport 14.67 4,305 3.1x 46.2x
17 Rutland 15.33 15,398 3.2x 61.8x
18 Enosburg Falls 16.67 1,402 3.1x 74.9x
19 Swanton 16.67 2,450 3.1x 72.7x

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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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