The 10 Richest Cities In Vermont For 2022


We analyzed 13 places in Vermont to determine where the 1% live.

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Montpelier, Essex Junction, South Burlington: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Vermont. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Green Mountain State.

Montpelier in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $65,668 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 4.0237645152578985%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Vermont share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2016-2020 American Community Survey for the 13 places in Vermont with more than 2,000 people.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Vermont.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Vermont:

The 10 Richest Cities In Vermont For 2022

1. Montpelier

Montpelier, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,434
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $65,668
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Montpelier: Real Estate | Photos

2. Essex Junction

Essex Junction, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,761
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $76,845
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on Essex Junction: Real Estate | Photos

3. South Burlington

South Burlington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,359
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $76,227
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
More on South Burlington: Real Estate | Photos

4. Vergennes

Vergennes, VT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,607
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $63,859
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
More on Vergennes: Real Estate | Photos

5. Winooski

Winooski, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,320
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $56,236
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 22.5%
More on Winooski: Real Estate | Photos

6. Swanton

Swanton, VT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,328
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $57,250
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Poverty Rate: 10.2%
More on Swanton: Real Estate | Photos

7. St. Albans

St. Albans, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,796
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $51,431
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 14.9%
More on St. Albans: Real Estate | Photos

8. Newport

Newport, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,244
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $49,028
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 14.9%
More on Newport: Real Estate | Photos

9. Rutland

Rutland, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,207
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $48,182
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 13.1%
More on Rutland: Real Estate | Photos

10. Burlington

Burlington, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 42,645
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $55,461
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 25.0%
More on Burlington: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Vermont For 2022

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Vermont
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2016-2020 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 13 places with more than 2,000 people in Vermont, we ranked each place from 1 to 13 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Montpelier, crowned the “Richest City In Vermont For 2022”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 13 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Vermont For 2022

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Vermont, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Vermont.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Vermont, according to data:

Poorest: Barre
2nd Poorest: Bellows Falls
3rd Poorest: Morrisville

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Vermont

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Montpelier 2.0 $65,668
2 Essex Junction 2.67 $76,845
3 South Burlington 3.0 $76,227
4 Vergennes 3.0 $63,859
5 Winooski 6.67 $56,236
6 Swanton 7.33 $57,250
7 St. Albans 7.67 $51,431
8 Newport 8.0 $49,028
9 Rutland 8.67 $48,182
10 Burlington 9.33 $55,461
11 Morrisville 10.0 $53,138
12 Bellows Falls 11.0 $42,907
13 Barre 11.67 $42,958

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in Vermont.

About Chris Kolmar

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