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Vermont ({{IPAc-en|audio=en-us-Vermont.ogg|v|ər|ˈ|m|ɒ|n|t|,_|v|ɜr|-}}){{OED|Vermont}} is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders the U.S. states of Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Vermont is the second-smallest by population and the sixth-smallest by area of the 50 U.S. states. The state capital is Montpelier, the least populous state capital in the United States. The most populous city, Burlington, is the least populous city to be the most populous city in a state. As of 2015, Vermont was the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States.WEB, US Department of Agriculture – Economic Research Service, 'Table 44—U.S. maple syrup production and value, by state, calendar years,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, June 7, 2003, July 13, 2016, mdy-all, In crime statistics, it was ranked since 2016 as the safest state in the country.WEB,weblink The Safest States in America – 24/7 Wall St, April 9, 2016, January 12, 2016,, WEB,weblink America’s Safest and Most Dangerous States 2017, WEB,weblink These Are the 2018 Safest and Most Dangerous States in the U.S., For some 12,000 years indigenous peoples inhabited this area. The historic, competitive tribes known as the Algonquian-speaking Abenaki and Iroquoian-speaking Mohawk were active in the area at the time of European encounter. During the 17th century French colonists "claimed" the territory as part of France's colony of New France. After England began to settle colonies to the south along the Atlantic coast, the two nations carried out their competition in North America as well as Europe. For years each enlisted Native American allies in continued raiding and warfare between the New England and New France colonies. This produced an active trade in captives taken during such raids and held for ransom. Some captives were adopted by families into the Mohawk or Abenaki tribes. After being defeated in 1763 in the Seven Years' War, France ceded its territory east of the Mississippi River to Great Britain. Thereafter, the nearby British colonies, especially the provinces of New Hampshire and New York, disputed the extent of the area called the New Hampshire Grants to the west of the Connecticut River, encompassing present-day Vermont. The provincial government of New York sold land grants to settlers in the region, which conflicted with earlier grants from the government of New Hampshire. The Green Mountain Boys militia protected the interests of the established New Hampshire land grant settlers against the newly arrived settlers with land titles granted by New York.Ultimately, a group of settlers with New Hampshire land grant titles established the Vermont Republic in 1777 as an independent state during the American Revolutionary War. The Vermont Republic partially abolished slavery before any of the other states.WEB, Vermont Constitution of 1777,weblink State of Vermont, April 12, 2019, Chapter I, Section I, Therefore, no male person, born in this country, or brought from over sea, ought to be holden by law, to serve any person, as a servant, slave, or apprentice, after he arrives to the age of twenty-one years; nor female, in like manner, after she arrives to the age of eighteen years, unless they are bound by their own consent, after they arrive to such age, or bound by law for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like., WEB, Lee Ann, Cox, UVM historian examines Vermont's mixed history of slavery and abolition,weblink University of Vermont, February 12, 2014, Vermont was admitted to the newly established United States as the fourteenth state in 1791. Vermont is one of only four U.S. states that were previously sovereign states (along with California, Hawaii, Texas). Of course the many Native American nations were sovereign. During the mid 19th century, Vermont was a strong source of abolitionist sentiment, but it was also tied to King Cotton through the development of textile mills in the region, which relied on southern cotton. It sent a significant contingent of soldiers to participate in the American Civil War. In the 21st century, Protestants (30%) and Catholics (22%) make up the majority of those reporting a religious preference, with 37% reporting no religion. Other religions individually contribute no more than 2% to the total.The geography of the state is marked by the Green Mountains, which run north–south up the middle of the state, separating Lake Champlain and other valley terrain on the west from the Connecticut River valley that defines much of its eastern border. A majority of its terrain is forested with hardwoods and conifers. A majority of its open land is in agriculture. The state's climate is characterized by warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters.Vermont's economic activity of $26 billion in 2010 ranks it as 34th in gross state product. It has been assessed by as 42nd as a state in which to do business. In 1960, Vermonters' politics started to shift from being reliably Republican toward favoring more liberal and progressive candidates. Starting in 1963, voters have alternated between choosing Republican and Democratic governors; since 2007, they have sent only Democrats (or independents) to Congress. Since 1992, voters have consistently chosen Democrats for president. In 2000, the state legislature was the first to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples. In 2011-2012, the state officially recognized four Abenaki tribes.


The origin of the name "Vermont" is uncertain, but likely comes from the French Les Monts Verts, meaning "the Green Mountains".BOOK, Van DeWater, Frederic F., The Reluctant Republic, Vermont 1724–1791., 1941, 1974, The Countryman Press, 195, 218–219, 978-0-914378-02-0, Thomas Young introduced it in 1777.JOURNAL,weblink Joseph-Andre, Senecal
, The Name Vermont
, 1
, 1
, Fall 1996
, February 13, 2018, In 1913, the Secretary of State of Vermont speculated that the archaic French term Mont Verd (green mountain) may have inspired Young.JOURNAL
, Bailey
, Guy W.
, Vermont: The Land of Green Mountains
, Vermont Bureau of Publicity
, 202
, 1913
, 2018-02-13, Another source points out the predominance of mica-quartz-chlorite schist, a green-hued metamorphosed shale, as a possible reason.
, Ballard
, Lisa Densmore
, Hiking the Green Mountains: A Guide to 35 of the Region's Best Hiking Adventures
, Morris Book Publishing
, Regional Hiking
, 176
, Guilford, Connecticut
, 2009
, 978-0-7627-5793-0,
The name "Green Mountain" (Montaña Verde) appears on a 1562 map of North America by Spanish cartographer Diego Gutierrez. The name is one of many located in what is now New England but not obviously connected to the current borders of Vermont.


{{See also|List of counties in Vermont|List of towns in Vermont|List of mountains of Vermont}}(File:National-atlas-vermont.png|thumb|Map of Vermont, showing cities, roads, and rivers)(File:Maps of Vermont population.png|thumb|Population density of Vermont)Vermont is located in the New England region of the Northeastern United States and comprises {{convert|9614|sqmi|km2}}, making it the 45th-largest state. It is the only state that does not have any buildings taller than {{convert|124|ft|m}}.weblink" title="">"Burlington high rise gets facelift", Burlington Free Press. Land comprises {{convert|9250|sqmi|km2}} and water comprises {{convert|365|sqmi|km2}}, making it the 43rd-largest in land area and the 47th in water area. In total area, it is larger than El Salvador and smaller than Haiti. It is the only landlocked state in New England, and it is the easternmost and the smallest in area of all landlocked states.The Green Mountains in Vermont form a north–south spine running most of the length of the state, slightly west of its center. In the southwest portion of the state are located the Taconic Mountains.BOOK, Edward Day Collins, A History of Vermont: With Geological and Geographical Notes, Bibliography, Chronology, Maps, and Illustrations,weblink 1903, Ginn, 1, In the northwest, near Lake Champlain, is the fertile Champlain Valley. In the south of the valley is Lake Bomoseen.The west bank of the Connecticut River marks the state's eastern border with New Hampshire, though much of the river flows within New Hampshire's territory.Vermont v. New Hampshire {{Ussc|289|593|1933}} 41% of Vermont's land area is part of the Connecticut River's watershed."Fast Facts about the Connecticut River". (October 9, 2008). Retrieved April 12, 2014.Lake Champlain, the sixth-largest body of fresh water in the United States, separates Vermont from New York in the northwest portion of the state. From north to south, Vermont is {{convert|159|mi|km}} long. Its greatest width, from east to west, is {{convert|89|mi|km}} at the Canada–U.S. border; the narrowest width is {{convert|37|mi|km}} near the Massachusetts border. The width averages {{convert|60.5|mi}}. The state's geographic center is approximately three miles (5 km) east of Roxbury, in Washington County. There are fifteen U.S. federal border crossings between Vermont and Canada.Several mountains have timberlines with delicate year-round alpine ecosystems, including Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in the state; Killington Peak, the second-highest; Camel's Hump, the state's third-highest; and Mount Abraham, the fifth-highest peak.WEB,weblink Green Mountain Club, Alpine Tundra, April 24, 2007, yes,weblink" title="">weblink November 19, 2015, mdy-all, Areas in Vermont administered by the National Park Service include the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (in Woodstock) and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.WEB, Vermont, National Park Service, July 15, 2008,weblink yes,weblink" title="">weblink June 16, 2008,


Vermont has nine incorporated cities.{{Bar graph
List of cities in Vermont>City populations (2010 Census)| data_max = 45,000| bar_width = 30| width_units = em| table_style = font-size: 95%| label_type = City| data_type = PopulationBurlington, Vermont>Burlington| data1 = 42,417South Burlington, Vermont>South Burlington| data2 = 17,904Rutland (city), Vermont>Rutland| data3 = 16,495Barre (city), Vermont>Barre| data4 = 9,052Montpelier, Vermont>Montpelier| data5 = 7,855Winooski, Vermont>Winooski| data6 = 7,267St. Albans (city), Vermont>St. Albans| data7 = 6,918Newport (city), Vermont>Newport| data8 = 5,005Vergennes, Vermont>Vergennes| data9 = 2,741}}The most populous city in Vermont is Burlington. Its metropolitan area is also the most populous in the state, with an estimate of 218,395 as of 2017.

Largest towns

Although these towns are large enough to be considered cities, they are not incorporated as such.{{Bar graph
2010 United States Census>2010 Census)| data_max = 45,000| bar_width = 30| width_units = em| table_style = font-size: 95%| label_type = Town| data_type = PopulationEssex, Vermont>Essex| data1 = 19,587Colchester, Vermont>Colchester| data2 = 17,067Bennington, Vermont>Bennington| data3 = 15,764Brattleboro, Vermont>Brattleboro| data4 = 12,046Milton, Vermont>Milton| data5 = 10,352Hartford, Vermont>Hartford| data6 = 9,952Springfield, Vermont>Springfield| data7 = 9,373Williston, Vermont>Williston| data8 = 8,698Middlebury, Vermont>Middlebury| data9 = 8,496Barre (town), Vermont>Barre| data10 = 7,924St. Johnsbury, Vermont>St. Johnsbury| data11 = 7,603Shelburne, Vermont>Shelburne| data12 = 7,144Swanton, Vermont>Swanton| Data 13 = 6,833}}


{{See also|Climate of New England}}(File:Vermont Winter Landscape.jpg|thumb|Vermont winter landscape)The annual mean temperature for the state is {{convert|43|F|C}}.WEB,weblink Vermont, 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Vermont Online Encyclopedia, October 7, 2012, Vermont has a humid continental climate, with muddy springs, in general a mild early summer, hot Augusts; it has colorful autumns: Vermont's hills reveal red, orange, and (on sugar maples) gold foliage as cold weather approaches.WEB, Study in Vermont. Universities & Colleges in Vermont,weblink graduateshotline, Winters are colder at higher elevations.WEB,weblink accessed September 15, 2007,, July 4, 1911, July 31, 2010, It has a Köppen climate classification of Dfb,.WEB,weblink The Leading Wedding Site on the Net,, February 23, 2012,weblink" title="">weblink February 24, 2015, yes, mdy-all, The rural northeastern section known as the "Northeast Kingdom" often averages {{convert|10|F-change}} colder than the southern areas of the state during winter. The annual snowfall averages between {{convert|60|and|100|in}} depending on elevation. Vermont is the seventh coldest state in the country.WEB,weblink Average Annual Temperatures by State, Current Results, January 25, 2012, In winter, until typical El Niño conditions, Vermont's winters are "too cold to snow"; the air is too cold to contain sufficient moisture to prompt precipitation.NEWS, Chuck, Wooster, La Nina should bring plenty of snow this year, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 39, December 7, 2011, The highest recorded temperature was {{convert|105|F|C}}, at Vernon, on July 4, 1911. The lowest recorded temperature was {{convert|−50|F|C}}, at Bloomfield, on December 30, 1933; this is the lowest temperature recorded in New England alongside Big Black River, also recorded a verified {{convert|−50|F|C}} in 2009.Though this was tied by Big Black River, Maine, in 2009BOOK, Adams, Glenn, Maine ties Vt. for record low temperature, Burlington Free Press, February 11, 2009, The agricultural growing season ranges from 120 to 180 days.WEB,weblink National Gardening Association,, July 31, 2010, The United States Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones for the state range between zone 3b, no colder than {{convert|−35|F|C}}, in the Northeast Kingdom and northern part of the state and zone 5b, no colder than {{convert|-15|F|C}}, in the southern part of the state.WEB,weblink Vermont USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, March 21, 2011, The state receives between 2,000 and 2,400 hours of sunshine annually.WEB,weblink united states annual sunshine map, HowStuffWorks, Inc, March 14, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink April 29, 2011, mdy-all,


{{further|Geology of New England}}File:2017-09-11 10 27 43 View east along the Maple Ridge Trail at the junction with the Frost Trail on the western slopes of Mount Mansfield within Mount Mansfield State Forest in Underhill, Chittenden County, Vermont.jpg|thumb|Mount MansfieldMount MansfieldFile:Upper Jester Ski trail, Sugarbush Resort, Warren - panoramio.jpg|thumb|Sugarbush ResortSugarbush ResortThere are five distinct physiographic regions of Vermont.WEB, Physiographic Regions,weblink June 3, 2018, Categorized by geological and physical attributes, they are the Northeastern Highlands, the Green Mountains, the Taconic Mountains, the Champlain Lowlands, and the Vermont Piedmont.WEB, Academics Content Server at Saint Michael's, The Physiographic Regions of Vermont,weblink January 3, 2007, About 500 million years ago, Vermont was part of Laurentia and located in the tropics.NEWS, Joel Banner, Baird, Tremors of discovery,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, July 23, 2012, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1–3D, July 24, 2011, The central and southern Green Mountain range include the oldest rocks in Vermont, formed about one billion years ago during the first mountain building period (or orogeny). Subsequently, about {{Nowrap|400 million}} years ago, the second mountain building period created Green Mountain peaks that were {{convert|15000|-|20000|ft}} tall, three to four times their current height and comparable to the Himalayas. The geological pressures that created those peaks remain evident as the Champlain Thrust, running north–south to the west of the mountains (now the eastern shore of Lake Champlain). It is an example of geological fault thrusting where bedrock is pushed over the newer rock formation.As a result of tectonic formation, Vermont east of the Green Mountains tends to be formed from rocks produced in the Silurian and Devonian periods, and western Vermont mainly from the older Pre-Cambrian and Cambrian material.WEB,weblink Generalized geologic map of Vermont, PDF, February 23, 2012, Several large deposits within the state contain granite.{{citation needed|date=May 2014}} The remains of the Chazy Formation can be observed in Isle La Motte. It was one of the first tropical reefs. It is the site of the limestone Fisk Quarry, which contains a collection of ancient marine fossils, such as stromatoporoids, that date to {{Nowrap|200 million}} years ago. At one point, Vermont is believed to have been connected to Africa (Pangaea); the fossils found and the rock formations found on the coasts in both Africa and America are evidence affirming the Pangaea theory.WEB,weblink Geology and Mineral Resources – Vermont Geological Survey,, January 25, 2012, WEB, Slayton, Thomas,weblink The Outside Story | Vermont's Farmers Have Geology to Thank, Northern Woodlands, December 1, 2009, January 25, 2012, WEB,weblink Report,, In the past four centuries, Vermont has experienced a few earthquakes, rarely centered under the state. The highest ranked, in 1952, had a Richter magnitude scale 6.0 and was based in Canada.NEWS, Canada quake shakes Vt., Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1A,4A, June 24, 2010,


File:Hermit Thrush (13635301894).jpg|thumb|The hermit thrushhermit thrushThe state contains 41 species of reptiles and amphibians, 89 species of fish, of which 12 are non native;NEWS, Joseph, Gresser, How all those fish got to Vermont, the chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 17, November 24, 2010, 193 species of breeding birds, 58 species of mammals, more than 15,000 insect species, and 2,000 higher plant species, plus fungi, algae, and 75 different types of natural communities.WEB,weblink Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department,, July 31, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink May 22, 2010, mdy-all, Vermont contains one species of venomous snake, the timber rattlesnake, which is confined to a few acres in western Rutland County.NEWS, Candace, Page, Sightings of milk snakes, rattlesnake mimics, shake residents, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1B, July 9, 2009, Wildlife has suffered because of human development of the state. By the mid-19th century, wild turkeys were exterminated in the state through overhunting and destruction of habitat. Sixteen were re-introduced in 1969, and had grown to a flock estimated to number 45,000 in 2009.NEWS, Editors, Hunting Wild Turkeys, Newport Daily Express, Newport, Vermont, THREE, HUNTING GUIDE, September 2009, In 2013, hunters killed 6,968 of these.NEWS, Fish and Wildlife, Turkey hunters had record year, The Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 31A, January 15, 2014, Since 1970, reduction of farmland has resulted in reduced environment for, and resulted in a decline in numbers of various shrubland birds, including the American woodcock, brown thrasher, eastern towhee, willow flycatcher, golden-winged warbler, blue-winged warbler, field sparrow, and Baltimore oriole.NEWS, Candace, Page, Saving shrubland, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1B, July 6, 2010, The use of DDT for insect control resulted in ospreys laying eggs that were too thin to support the development of young. This species disappeared from the state. It began reviving in 1998, when ospreys were observed again locally. As of 2010, they were no longer endangered in the state.NEWS, Natalie, Diblasio, Lake Arrowhead failure is first in 12 years,weblink Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1B, July 30, 2010, {{dead link|date=March 2017 |bot=Beta7 |fix-attempted=yes }} From 2008 to 2010, White-nose syndrome killed an estimated two-thirds of all cave-wintering bats in the state.NEWS, Candace, Page, Bats struggle to survive,weblink Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1B,4B, July 27, 2010, {{dead link|date=March 2017 |bot=Beta7 |fix-attempted=yes }}The New England cottontail disappeared from the state in the early 1970s, out-competed by the eastern cottontail rabbit, imported in the 1800s for hunting. It is better able to detect and avoid predators.NEWS, Elizabeth, Macalaster, New England cottontail: Rabbit, come back!, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 15, April 11, 2012, Out of a total of 33 species of bumblebee, by 2013 the number declined to 19 or 20 species in the state. Bombus terricola (the yellow-banded bumblebee), although once common in Vermont, has not been seen in most of its range since 1999 and is now absent from the state.WEB
, Editors
, Bumble bees: yellowbanded bumble bee (Bombus terricola)
, Xerces Society
, April 5, 2014, For honey bees, colony collapse disorder has affected bee population in the state, as elsewhere.NEWS, Bethany, Dunbar, Keep an eye out for rare bumblebees, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 2C, April 24, 2013,
Invasive species included the Asian spotted-wing drosophila, which started damaging berry crops in 2012. Vermont was the initial point of invasion in New England.NEWS, Joseph, Gresser, Tiny pest cuts through New England fruit, The Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 1B, April 24, 2013, Since 2010, the Vermont Department of Health has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct blood serum surveys of the state's deer and moose populations. Tests for eastern equine encephalitis virus antibodies were positive in moose or deer in each of Vermont's counties. In 2012, 12% of deer and 2.4% of moose tested positive.WEB
, Secretary
, Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Deer and Moose Serosurvey Project
, Vermont Department of Public Health
, 2014
, April 9, 2014,


File:LakeWilloughbyPisgah.jpg|thumb|Fall foliage at Lake WilloughbyLake WilloughbyVermont is in the temperate broadleaf and mixed forests biome. Much of the state, in particular the Green Mountains, is covered by the conifers and northern hardwoods of the New England-Acadian forests. The western border with New York and the area around Lake Champlain lies within the Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests. The southwest corner of the state and parts of the Connecticut River are covered by northeastern coastal forests of mixed oak.JOURNAL, Olson, D. M, E. Dinerstein, Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth, BioScience, 2001, 51, 11, 933–938,weblink 10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0933:TEOTWA]2.0.CO;2, etal, yes,weblink" title="">weblink October 14, 2011, Invasive wild honeysuckle has been deemed a threat to the state's forests, native species of plants, and wildlife.NEWS, Larson, Dimarlo, Using undiluted herbicides to fight invasive species, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 2D, June 13, 2010, Many of Vermont's rivers, including the Winooski River, have been subjected to man-made barriers to prevent flooding.{{citation needed|date=October 2017}}Climate change appears to be affecting the maple sugar industry. Sugar maples have been subject to stress by acid rain, asian longhorn beetles, and pear thrips. In 2011 the deer herd had grown too large for habitat, and many resorted to eating bark to survive the winter, destroying trees in the process. In addition, the sugar maples need a certain period of cold to produce sap for maple syrup. The time to tap these trees has shrunk to one week in some years. The tree may be replaced by the more aggressive Norway maples, in effect forcing the sugar maples to "migrate" north to Canada.NEWS, Keith, Winston, Wildlife habitats shift as winters grow warmer,weblink Florida Today, Melbourne, Florida, 7B, November 29, 2011,


Native American

Between 8500 and 7000 BCE, at the time of the Champlain Sea, Native Americans inhabited and hunted in present-day Vermont. During the Archaic period, from the 8th millennium BCE to 1000 BCE, Native Americans migrated year-round. During the Woodland period, from 1000 BCE to 1600 CE, they established villages and trade networks, and developed ceramic and bow and arrow technology. Their population in 1500 CE was estimated to be around 10,000 people.WEB,weblink Abenaki,, yes,weblink" title="">weblink April 11, 2010, mdy-all, During colonial times, where encounters and settlement were initiated by French colonists, the territory was occupied mainly by an Abenaki tribe known as the Sokoki, or Missiquois. The eastern part of the state may have also been occupied by the Androscoggin and Pennacook peoples. To the west, the Misssiquois competed with the Iroquoian Mohawk, based in the Mohawk valley but with a large territory, and the Algonquin Mohican peoples. Many of the tribes later formed the Wabanaki Confederacy during King Philip's War. The warfare by English colonists defeated and scattered most of the surviving Abenaki tribes. WEB,weblink King Philip's War - Native American History -,,


{{See also|List of forts in Vermont}}File:ConstitutionHouse WindsorVermont.JPG|thumb|The Old Constitution House at Windsor, where the Constitution of Vermont was adopted on July 8, 1777]]File:GreenMtBoys.jpg|right|thumb|A circa 1775 flag used by the Green Mountain BoysGreen Mountain BoysThe first European to see Vermont is thought to have been French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1535. On July 30, 1609, French explorer Samuel de Champlain claimed this territory as part of New France. In 1666, French settlers erected Fort Sainte Anne on Isle La Motte,BOOK, Hahn, Michael, Vintage Cabin Fever: First Vermont Winter for Europeans, Northland Journal, February 2007, the first European settlement in Vermont.The "violent" 1638 New Hampshire earthquake was centered in the St. Lawrence Valley and reported throughout New England. This was the first seismic event noted in Vermont. In 1690, a group of Dutch-British settlers from Albany established a settlement and trading post at Chimney Point, {{convert|8|mi}} west of present-day Addison.{{citation needed|date=November 2015}} During Dummer's War, the first permanent English settlement was established in 1724 with the construction of Fort Dummer. It was intended to protect the nearby settlements of Dummerston and Brattleboro.WEB,weblink Town History {{!, Town of Bronson||access-date=September 28, 2016}}From 1731 to 1734, the French constructed Fort St. Frédéric, which gave them control of the New France–Vermont frontier region in the Lake Champlain Valley. With the outbreak of the French and Indian War in 1754, the North American front of the Seven Years' War between the French and British, the French began construction in 1755 of Fort Carillon at present-day Ticonderoga, New York. The British failed to take either fort between 1755 and 1758. In 1759 a combined force of 12,000 British regular and provincial troops under Sir Jeffery Amherst captured Carillon, after which the French abandoned Fort St. Frédéric. Amherst constructed Fort Crown Point next to the remains of the Fort St. Frédéric, securing British control over the area.{{citation needed|date=November 2015}}Following France's loss in the French and Indian War, through the 1763 Treaty of Paris, it ceded control of land east of the Mississippi River to the British. The Crown attempted to limit colonial settlement to lands east of the Appalachians, in order to prohibit encroachment on Native American lands. The territory of Vermont was divided nearly in half in a jagged line running from Fort William Henry in Lake George diagonally north-eastward to Lake Memphremagog.{{Citation needed|reason=this has long been missing a citation in the History article as well|date=July 2011}} With the end of the war, new settlers arrived in Vermont. Ultimately, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York all claimed this frontier area.{{citation needed|date=November 2015}}On July 20, 1764, King George III established the boundary between New Hampshire and New York along the west bank of the Connecticut River, north of Massachusetts, and south of 45 degrees north latitude.{{Citation
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| access-date = June 6, 2016}} New York refused to recognize the land titles known as the New Hampshire Grants (towns created by land grants sold by New Hampshire Governor Benning Wentworth) and dissatisfied New Hampshire settlers organized in opposition. In 1770 Ethan Allen, his brothers Ira and Levi, and the Allens' cousins Seth Warner and Remember Baker, recruited an informal militia known as the Green Mountain Boys to protect the interests of the original New Hampshire settlers against newcomers from New York.{{citation needed|date=November 2015}}
In 1775, after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, the Green Mountain Boys assisted a force from Connecticut, led by Benedict Arnold, in capturing the British fort at Ticonderoga. Thereafter, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia directed the New York colony's revolutionary congress to fund and equip Allen's militia as a ranger regiment of the Continental Army, which it did. Seth Warner was chosen by the men of the regiment to lead, while Ethan Allen later served as a colonel in Schuyler's Army of Northern New York.BOOK, John J. Duffy, Samuel B. Hand, Ralph H. Orth, The Vermont Encyclopedia,weblink 2003, UPNE, 978-1-58465-086-7, 37,


File:Vermont State House front.jpg|thumb|right|The gold leaf dome of the neoclassical Vermont State House (Capitol) in Montpelier ]]On January 15, 1777, representatives of the New Hampshire Grants declared the independence of Vermont.WEB, Second Vermont Republic, Vermont's Declaration of Independence (1777),weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, September 27, 2007, January 17, 2007, For the first six months of its existence, it was called the Republic of New Connecticut.Esther Munroe Swift, Vermont Place-Names: Footprints in History Picton Press, 1977On June 2, 1777, a second convention of 72 delegates met and adopted the name "Vermont." This was on the advice of a friendly Pennsylvanian, Dr. Thomas Young, friend and mentor of Ethan Allen. He was advising them on how to achieve admission into the newly independent United States of America as the 14th state. On July 4, they completed the drafting of the Constitution of Vermont at the Windsor Tavern, and adopted it on July 8. This was the first written constitution in North America to ban adult slavery,WEB
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, Vermont's constitution was not only the first written national constitution drafted in North America, but also the first to prohibit slavery and to give all adult males, not just property owners, the right to vote., saying male slaves become free at the age of 21 and females at 18. It provided for universal adult male suffrage and required support of public schools. It was in effect from 1777 to 1786.The Old Constitution House State Historic Site {{webarchive |url= |date=September 30, 2009 }}, Historic Vermont

Revolutionary War

The Battle of Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, was a seminal event in the history of the state of Vermont and the United States. A combined American force, under General John Stark's command, attacked the Hessian column at Hoosick, New York, just across the border from Bennington. It killed or captured virtually the entire Hessian detachment. General Burgoyne never recovered from this loss and eventually surrendered the remainder of his 6,000-man force at Saratoga, New York, on October 17 that year.The Battle of Bennington: Soldiers & Civilians By Michael P. Gabriel page 54The battles of Bennington and Saratoga together are recognized as the turning point in the Revolutionary War because they were the first major defeat of a British army. The anniversary of the battle is still celebrated in Vermont as a legal holiday.The Battle of Hubbardton (July 7, 1777) was the only Revolutionary battle within the present boundaries of Vermont. Although the Continental forces were technically defeated, the British forces were damaged to the point that they did not pursue the Americans (retreating from Fort Ticonderoga) any further.

Admission to the Union

File:VTadmissionAct.JPG|thumb|right|1791 Act of CongressAct of CongressVermont continued to govern itself as a sovereign entity based in the eastern town of Windsor for 14 years. The independent state of Vermont issued its own coinage from 1785 to 1788{{Citation | first = Margaret | last = Bucholt | url =weblink | contribution = Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce | title = An Insider's Guide to Southern Vermont | publisher = Penguin | year = 1991 | deadurl = yes | archiveurl =weblink" title="">weblink | archivedate = December 6, 2013 | df = mdy-all }} and operated a national postal service. Thomas Chittenden was the Governor in 1778–89 and in 1790–91.Because the state of New York continued to assert a disputed claim that Vermont was a part of New York, Vermont could not be admitted to the Union under Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution until the legislature of New York consented. On March 6, 1790, the legislature made its consent contingent upon a negotiated agreement on the precise boundary between the two states. When commissioners from New York and Vermont met to decide on the boundary, Vermont's negotiators insisted on also settling the property ownership disputes with New Yorkers, rather than leaving that to be decided later in a federal court.Mello, Robert, Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont, Vermont Historical Society, 2014, p. 260 The negotiations were successfully concluded in October 1790 with an agreement that Vermont would pay $30,000 to New York to be distributed among New Yorkers who claimed land in Vermont under New York land patents.Mello (2014), Moses Robinson, p. 264 In January 1791, a convention in Vermont voted 105–4Mello (2014), Moses Robinson, pp. 270-271 to petition Congress to become a state in the federal union. Congress acted on February 18, 1791 to admit Vermont to the Union as the 14th state as of March 4, 1791.WEB
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, Vermont became the first to enter the Union after the original 13 states.
The revised constitution of 1786, which established a greater separation of powers, continued in effect until 1793, two years after Vermont's admission to the Union. Slavery was officially banned by state law on November 25, 1858, less than three years before the American Civil War.Barton Chronicle book review. Retrieved August 21, 2009. {{webarchive |url= |date=May 10, 2009 }}BOOK, Child, Lydia Maria, The Duty of Civil Disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act: An Appeal to the Legislators of Massachusetts, 1860, American Anti-Slavery Society, Boston, Anti–Slavery Tracts No. 9, 36, WEB, Bunch, Lonnie, Vermont 1777: Early Steps Against Slavery,weblink Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, February 12, 2014, Vermonters provided refuge in several sites for escaped slaves, fleeing to Canada, as part of what was called the Underground Railroad.NEWS,weblink Underground Railroad: Vermont Sites to Open, June 25, 1995, The New York Times,

Civil War

(File:1827 Finley Map of Vermont - Geographicus - Vermont-finely-1827.jpg|thumb|right|Vermont in 1827. The county boundaries have since changed.)From the mid-1850s on, some Vermonters became activists opposing slavery, which they had previously worked to contain in the South. Abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens was born in Vermont and later represented a district in Pennsylvania in Congress. He developed as a national leader and later promoted Radical Republican goals after the American Civil War. While the Whig Party shriveled, and the Republican Party emerged, Vermont supported Republican candidates. In 1860 it voted for Abraham Lincoln for US President, giving him the largest margin of victory of any state.BOOK, Trefousse, Hans, Hans Trefousse, 1997, Thaddeus Stevens: Nineteenth-Century Egalitarian, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 978-0-8078-5666-6, During the American Civil War, Vermont sent 33,288 men into United States service. 5,224 Vermonters, over 15%, were killed or mortally wounded in action or died of disease.WEB
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, The northernmost land action of the war was the St. Albans Raid—the robbery of three St. Albans banks, perpetrated in October 1864 by 21 Confederate agents. A posse pursued the Confederate raiders into Canada and captured several of them. They had to turn their captives over to Canadian officials. Canada reimbursed the banks, released, and later re-arrested some of the perpetrators.WEB,weblink Saint Albans Raid, Encyclopædia Britannica, May 2, 2014, BOOK
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Postbellum era to present

Demographic changes and rise of eugenics in 20th century

As English speakers came to dominate the population in Vermont, they anglicized the names of many ethnic French residents and often discriminated against them. In the mid-20th century, descendants began to reclaim their French names, especially surnames.Beginning in the mid-19th century, Vermont industries attracted numerous Irish, Scots-Irish and Italian immigrants, adding to its residents of mostly English and some French-Canadian ancestry. Many of the immigrants migrated to Barre, where the men worked as stonecutters of granite, for which there was a national market. Vermont granite was used in major public buildings in many states. In this period, many Italian and Scottish women operated boarding houses to support their families. Such facilities also helped absorb new residents and help them learn the new culture; European immigrants peaked in number between 1890 and 1900. Typically immigrants boarded with people of their own language and ethnicity, but sometimes they boarded with others.WEB,weblink Susan Richards, Making Home Pay: Italian and Scottish Boardinghouse Keepers in Barre, 1880–1910, Vermont History Journal, 2005, October 23, 2013Gradually the new immigrants were absorbed into the state. Times of tension aroused divisions. In the early 20th century, some people in Vermont became alarmed about what they considered to be a decline in rural areas; people left farming to move to cities and others seemed unable to fit within society. In addition, there was a wave of immigration by French Canadians, and those of Protestant Yankee stock feared being overtaken by the new people, who added to the Catholic population of Irish and Italians. Based on the colonial past, some Yankee residents considered the French Canadians to have intermarried too frequently with Native Americans. In an era influenced by ideas of Social Darwinism, some Vermont leaders promoted eugenics, an idea that the population could be managed and improved by limiting marriage and reproduction by certain members classified as unfit or defective. It passed a marriage law, to limit marriage by people considered unfit. In 1915 the Brandon State School for the Feebleminded opened, the beginning of a related effort to segregate and control those judged unfit to reproduce. The state followed efforts to improve children's welfare by establishing other institutions to house the mentally ill or disabled. From 1925-1928 the Eugenics Survey of Vermont conducted research and recorded the histories of families it determined were degenerate or dependent. It also attempted to educate the public about why restrictive measures, including voluntary sterilization, were desirable. Review by current historians reveals the results were socially prejudiced, as the surveys tended to target the poor and disenfranchised minorities, including French Canadians, Abenaki, and disabled. In 1931 Vermont was the 29th state to pass a eugenics law. Vermont like other states, sterilized some patients in institutions and persons it had identified through surveys as degenerate or unfit. It nominally had permission from the patients or their guardians, but abuses have been documented. Two-thirds of the sterilizations were done on women, and poor, unwed mothers were targeted, among others. The surgery was performed at institutions and hospitals in the state supposedly devoted to care of people in need. There is disagreement about how many sterilizations were performed; most were completed from 1931 to 1941, but such procedures were recorded as late as 1970.{{cite web,weblink Eugenics: Compulsory Sterilization in 50 American States: Vermont, Lutz Kaelber, University of Vermont, 2009, 14 May 2019,

Natural disasters

The state has suffered some natural disasters in the 20th and 21st centuries related to hurricanes, and extensive rain and flooding. Large-scale flooding occurred in early November 1927. During this incident, 84 people died, including the state's lieutenant governor.WEB, btv webmaster,weblink National Weather Service – Burlington, VT – The Flood of 1927,, August 1, 2007, July 31, 2010, The 1938 New England hurricane in the fall of that year blew down {{convert|15000000|acre|km2}} of trees, one-third of the total forest at the time in New England. Three billion board feet were salvaged. Today many of the older trees in Vermont are about 75 years old, dating from after this storm.NEWS, Stephen, Long, Remembering the hurricane of 1938, The Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 3, September 7, 2011, A major flood occurred in 1973, causing the deaths of two people and millions of dollars in property damage.WEB,weblink NWS Flood Safety Home Page, Page, NWS Flood Safety Home, Service, US Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Weather,, EN-US, 2018-02-01,weblink" title="">weblink March 18, 2018, yes, mdy-all, The state suffered severe flooding in late August 2011 caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Heavy rains caused flooding in many towns built along narrow river valleys. The governor described it as one of the worst natural disasters of the 20th and 21st centuries, second only to the flood of 1927. The state was classified as a federal disaster area.NEWS, Nancy, Remsen, Obama declares disaster in Vermont, federal aid on way,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, February 15, 2013, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1A, September 2, 2011,

Political changes

Vermont approved women's suffrage decades before it became part of the national constitution. Women were first allowed to vote in the elections of December 18, 1880, when women were granted limited suffrage. They were first allowed to vote in town elections, and later in state legislative races.In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reynolds v. Sims required "one man, one vote" redistricting in all states. It had found that many state legislatures had not redistricted and were unjustly dominated by rural interests, years after the development of densely populated and industrial urban areas. In addition, it found that many states had an upper house based on geographical jurisdictions, such as counties. This gave disproportionate power to rural and lightly populated counties. The court ruled there was no basis for such a structure. Major changes in political apportionment took place in Vermont and other affected states. This ruling required districts to be reassessed after every census and to be based on roughly equal population, rather than geography (such as counties). Under redistricting, residents in urban areas were to gain an equitable share of apportionment in both houses in every state. Vermont and some other northern states had long been dominated by rural districts, as were several Southern states in those years, who had not redistricted since the turn of the century.WEB,weblink Congressman's Report, Morris K., Udall, Reapportionment—I "One Man, One Vote" . . . That's All She Wrote!, University of Arizona, October 14, 1964, January 3, 2018, Until that time, apportionment of upper houses was often based on county jurisdictions, which had given more power to rural counties and failed to acknowledge the increased population in urban areas. This arrangement had meant that urban areas did not have proportionate political power and often suffered from underinvestment in needed infrastructure; other urban issues were also neglected by rural-dominated legislatures.In July 2000, Vermont became the first state to introduce civil unions. In 2009, Vermont became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, unforced by court challenge or ruling.NEWS, Vermont Legislature Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal, The New York Times, April 7, 2009,weblink Abby, Goodnough, May 23, 2010, Since the late 20th century, Abenaki peoples in Vermont lobbied for recognition. In 2011 the state officially recognized their continued presence in the region by recognizing the Elnu Tribe of the Abenaki and the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation; in 2012 it recognized the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi and the Koasek Traditional Band of the Koos Abenaki Nation. In 2016 the state governor proclaimed Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.WEB,weblink What Is The Status Of The Abenaki Native Americans In Vermont Today?, Angela Evancie, VPR (Vermont Public Radio), 4 November 2016, 14 May 2019 On January 22, 2018, Vermont became the first of the United States to legalize cannabis for recreational use by legislative action, and the ninth state in the United States to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. This law was signed by Republican Governor Phil Scott.{{cite news
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{{US Census population|1790= 85425|1800= 154465|1810= 217895|1820= 235981|1830= 280652|1840= 291948|1850= 314120|1860= 315098|1870= 330551|1880= 332286|1890= 332422|1900= 343641|1910= 355956|1920= 352428|1930= 359611|1940= 359231|1950= 377747|1960= 389881|1970= 444330|1980= 511456|1990= 562758|2000= 608827|2010= 625741|estimate= 626299|estyear= 2018|align-fn=center
| caption= Racial/Ethnic Makeup of Vermont treating Hispanics as a Separate Category (2017)WEB,weblink B03002 HISPANIC OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE - Vermont - 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, July 1, 2017, U.S. Census Bureau, October 11, 2018,
| label1 = White Non-Hispanic
| value1 = 92.79| color2=#36A
| label2 = Black Non-Hispanic
| value2 = 1.24 | color1=#6A5
| label3 = Native American Non-Hispanic
| value3 = 0.32 | color3=#FF33AC
| label4 = Asian Non-Hispanic
| value4 = 1.78 | color4=#1A9
| label5 = Pacific Islander Non-Hispanic
| value5 = 0.03| color5=#E17720
| label6 = Other Non-Hispanic
| value6 = 0.05 | color6=#F0FF00
| label7 = Two or more races Non-Hispanic
| value7 = 1.89 | color7=#64ECDF
| label8 = Hispanic Any Race
| value8 = 1.91 | color8=#9400D3

Population changes

According to the United States Census Bureau, as of July 1, 2018, Vermont has an estimated population of 626,299, This includes a natural increase 3,178 (31,716 births minus 28,538 deaths) and a decrease due to net migration of 2,432 people out of the state.WEB
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, In 2006 it had the second lowest birthrate in the nation, 42/1000 women.BOOK, Associated Press, Vt. birth rate ranks second lowest in U.S, Burlington Free Press, August 22, 2008, The center of population of Vermont is located in Washington County, in the town of Warren.WEB,weblink Population and Population Centers by State: 2000, U.S. Census Bureau, May 11, 2008, yes,weblink June 22, 2013, As of 2014, 51.3% of Vermont's population was born in the state (compared with 58.7% for the United States).WEB
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, American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates, United States Census Bureau: Table B05002, The changing demographics between those with multi-generational ties to the state and those who are newcomers, bringing different values with them, has resulted in a degree of tension between the two perspectives. This tension is expressed in the terms, "Woodchuck", being applied to those established in the state, and "Flatlander", applied to the newcomers.WEB, Modern Vermont 1940-today: Flatlanders vs. Woodchucks,weblink Vermont Historical Society, December 5, 2012,
Vermont is the least populous New England state. As of 2012, Vermont was one of only two states in the U.S. with fewer people than the District of Columbia—the other was Wyoming.WEB,weblink 2012 State Population Census Estimates,, January 11, 2013, May 9, 2013, From 2010 to 2013, 16 out of Vermont's 251 towns experienced an increase in population. All towns in Chittenden increased with the exception of Burlington. More than 180 towns experienced a decrease, which hadn't happened since the mid-19th century.NEWS, Art, Woolf, Population shrinking in many Vermont cities,weblink Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 2D, June 19, 2014, June 19, 2014,

Birth data

Note: Births in table do not add up, because Hispanics are counted both by their ethnicity and by their race, giving a higher overall number.{| class="wikitable"|+ Live births by single race/ethnicity of mother
White Americans>White:| 5,696 (95.3%)| 5,825 (95.0%)| 5,554 (94.1%)| ...| ...
Non-Hispanic Whites>Non-Hispanic White| 5,597 (93.7%)| 5,724 (93.4%)| 5,370 (91.0%)| 5,208 (90.5%)| 5,134 (90.8%)
Asian Americans>Asian| 153 (2.6%)| 163 (2.7%)| 175 (3.0%)| 154 (2.7%)| 159 (2.8%)
African Americans>Black| 115 (1.9%)| 126 (2.1%)| 149 (2.5%)| 70 (1.2%)| 115 (2.0%)
Native Americans in the United States>American Indian| 11 (0.2%)| 16 (0.3%)| 25 (0.4%)| 11 (0.2%)| 16 (0.3%)
Hispanic and Latino Americans>Hispanic (of any race)| 92 (1.5%)| 92 (1.5%)| 139 (2.3%)| 136 (2.3%)| 123 (2.2%)
  • Since 2016, data for births of White Hispanic origin are not collected, but included in one Hispanic group; persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

Population characteristics

94.3% of the population identified as white not of Hispanic or Latino origin in a 2013 US Census estimate.WEB,weblink IndexMundi, February 24, 2016, United States – White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2013 by State, As of the 2010 census, Vermont was the second-whitest state in the Union after Maine.WEB
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, Maine tops the nation with 96.9 percent of its population described as white, while 96.7 percent of Vermont and 96 percent of New Hampshire are white, according to the census.,
In 2009, 12.6% of people over 15 were divorced. This was the fifth highest percentage in the nation.NEWS, Tamara, Lush, Deanna, Martin, Indiana, Florida counties tops in divorce, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 3A, September 25, 2009, As of 2008, the median age of Vermonters was 40.6 and that of the work force was 43.7, compared with the national average of 41.1 years.WEB
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Vermont leads US states with the highest rates of LGBT identification, at 5.3%.NEWS,weblink Vermont Leads States in LGBT Identification, Inc., Gallup,,, October 25, 2017, en-us, Its LGBT population density is second in the US only to the District of Columbia.Following national trends for opioid use which has roughly tripled, addicts seeking treatment in Vermont have increased from 650 in 2011 to 7,500 in 2016.NEWS, Joseph, Gresser, Former addicts discuss routes to recovery,weblink The Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 1A, February 1, 2017, February 10, 2017,

Vermont speech patterns

Linguists have identified speech patterns found among Vermonters as belonging to Western New England English, a dialect of New England English, which features full pronunciation of all r sounds, pronouncing horse and hoarse the same, and pronouncing vowels in father and bother the same, none of which are features traditionally shared in neighboring Eastern New England English.{{citation|last=Labov|first=William|authorlink=William Labov|last2=Ash|first2=Sharon|last3=Boberg|first3=Charles|year=2006|title=The Atlas of North American English|location=Berlin|publisher=Mouton-de Gruyter|isbn=978-3-11-016746-7}} Some rural speakers realize the t as a glottal stop (mitten sounds like "mi'in" and Vermont like "Vermon' "{{efn|name=Rural|Often pronounced {{IPA|[vəɹˈmɑ̃ʔ]}} in rural areas of the state.}}).{{Citation
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|title=The Americas and the Caribbean|url=|date=December 10, 2008|publisher=Walter de Gruyter|isbn=978-3-11-020840-5|page=60}} A dwindling segment of the Vermont population, generally both rural and male—especially in northwestern Vermont, pronounces certain vowels in a distinctive manner (e.g. cows sounds like "cayows," fight like "foight,"Zind, Steve (2002). "Examining the Vermont Accent." Vermont Public Radio. Colchester, Vermont. calf like "caaf," there like "thair," hand like "hay-nd," and back like "bah-k").NEWS, MacQuarrie, Brian, Taking bah-k Vermont, The Boston Globe, February 12, 2004,weblink
Eastern New England English—also found in New Hampshire, Maine and eastern Massachusetts—was common in eastern Vermont in the mid-twentieth century and before, but has become rare.Stanford, James N.; Leddy-Cecere, Thomas A.; Baclawski Jr., Kenneth P. "Farewell To The Founders: Major Dialect Changes Along The East–West New England Border." American Speech 87.2 (2012): pp. 126–169. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. November 2, 2015. There the practice of dropping the r sound in words ending in r (farmer sounds like "farm-uh") and adding an r sound to words ending in a vowel (idea sounds like "idee-er") was common.WEB, Walsh, Molly, Vermont Accent: Endangered Species?,weblink Burlington Free Press, November 20, 2007,weblink" title="">weblink July 25, 2009, yes, mdy-all, Those characteristics in eastern Vermont appear to have been inherited from West CountryBOOK, Fischer, David Hackett, David Hackett Fischer, Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America, 1989, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-506905-1, Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America, and Scots-Irish ancestors.


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In 2015, Vermont was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 42nd best state in which to do business.WEB,weblink Forbes-Best States for Business and Careers, Vermont, Forbes Magazine, November 3, 2014, January 11, 2016, It was 32nd in 2007, and 30th in 2006.BOOK, Gram, David, Forbes ranks Vt. 30th (sic) for business, Burlington Free Press, July 14, 2007, In 2008 an economist said that the state had "a really stagnant economy, which is what we are forecasting for Vermont for the next 30 years."NEWS, Dan, McLean, IBM won't be No. 1 employer for much longer, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1A, June 29, 2008, In May 2010 Vermont's 6.2% unemployment rate was the fourth lowest in the nation.WEB,weblink Unemployment Rates for States,, July 20, 2010, July 31, 2010, This rate reflects the second sharpest decline among the 50 states since the prior May.NEWS, Izzo, Phil,weblink Unemployment Rates by State: Nevada Overtakes Michigan for Nation's Worst – Real Time Economics – WSJ,, June 18, 2010, July 31, 2010, According to the 2010 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report, Vermont's gross state product (GSP) was {{Nowrap|$26 billion}}.WEB, Gross State Product,weblink Greyhill Advisors, September 23, 2011, Not accounting for size, this places the state 50th among the 50 states. It stood 34th in per capita GSP.List of U.S. states by GDP per capita (nominal)Rankings tend to favor higher cost of living areas and downrate lower cost of living areasComponents of GSP were:Percentages may not add up to exactly 100% because of roundingWEB,weblink Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by State,, December 22, 2008, July 31, 2010,weblink October 30, 2008, yes, mdy-all,
  • Government – $3 billion (13.4%)
  • Real estate, rental, and leasing – {{Nowrap|$2.6 billion}} (11.6%)
  • Durable goods manufacturing – {{Nowrap|$2.2 billion}} (9.6%)
  • Health care and social assistance – {{Nowrap|$2.1 billion}} (9.4%)
  • Retail trade – $1.9 billion (8.4%)
  • Finance and insurance – $1.3 billion (5.9%)
  • Construction – $1.2 billion (5.5%)
  • Professional and technical services – {{Nowrap|$1.2 billion}} (5.5%)
  • Wholesale trade – $1.1 billion (5.1%)
  • Accommodations and food services – {{Nowrap|~$1 billion}} (4.5%)
  • Information – $958 million (4.2%)
  • Non-durable goods manufacturing – {{Nowrap|$711 million}} (3.1%)
  • Other services – $563 million (2.4%)
  • Utilities – $553 million (2.4%)
  • Educational services – $478 million (2.1%)
  • Transportation and warehousing – {{Nowrap|$484 million}} (2.1%)
  • Administrative and waste services – {{Nowrap|$436 million}} (1.9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting – {{Nowrap|$375 million}} (1.6%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation – {{Nowrap|$194 million}} (.8%)
  • Mining – $100 million (.4%)
  • Management of companies – $35 million (.2%)
Canada was Vermont's largest foreign trade partner in 2007. The state's second-largest foreign trade partner was Taiwan.BOOK, Creaser, Richard, Illuzi learns about economy of Taiwan during visit, the Chronicle, October 24, 2007, The state had {{Nowrap|$4 billion}} worth of commerce with Quebec.BOOK, Curran, John, Vt. Quebec leaders promote 'green zone', Burlington Free Press, October 7, 2008, One measure of economic activity is retail sales. The state had {{Nowrap|$5.2 billion}} in 2007.BOOK, McLean, Dan, Retail Sales by the numbers, Burlington Free Press, July 13, 2008, In 2008, 8,631 new businesses were registered in Vermont, a decline of 500 from 2007.BOOK, Associated Press, Fewer businesses launched in '08, Burlington Free Press, January 26, 2009,

Personal income

{{See also|Vermont locations by per capita income}}The median household income from 2002 to 2004 was $45,692. This was 15th nationally.WEB,weblink Income 2004 - Three-Year-Average Median Household Income by State: 2001–2004, September 24, 2005, bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink September 24, 2005, mdy-all, The median wage in the state in 2008 was $15.31 hourly or $31,845 annually."What Vermonters Earn", Burlington Free Press{{Dead link|date=October 2009}}. Retrieved August 23, 2009. In 2007 about 80% of the 68,000 Vermonters who qualify for food stamps received them.BOOK, Ober, Lauren, Food stamp program set for expansion, Burlington Free Press, November 9, 2008, 40% of seniors 75 years or older live on annual incomes of $21,660 or less.NEWS, Jim, Coutts, My Turn:Vermont's energy support program is long overdue, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 7B, June 28, 2009, In 2011, 15.2% of Vermonters received food stamps. This compares to 14.8% nationally.NEWS, Emily, Guerin, Use of food stamps rises in Orleans County, The Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 13A, May 28, 2014, In 2011, 91,000 seniors received an annual average of $14,000 from Social Security. This was 59% of the average senior's income. This contributed $1.7 billion to the state's economy.NEWS, AARP Vermont, How fiscal cliff debate affects seniors, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 6, December 12, 2012,


File:Vermont fall foliage hogback mountain.JPG|thumb|right|Fall foliage seen from Hogback Mountain, Wilmington ]]Agriculture contributed 2.2% of the state's domestic product in 2000.BOOK, John J. Duffy, Samuel B. Hand, Ralph H. Orth, The Vermont Encyclopedia,weblink 2003, UPNE, 978-1-58465-086-7, 104, In 2000 about 3% of the state's working population engaged in agriculture.BOOK, Liz Halloran, Vermont's War, US News and World Report, January 22, page 45, 2007, As of 2014, the Pew Research Center estimated that farms in the state employed fewer than 5,000 illegal immigrants.WEB,weblink U.S. unauthorized immigration population estimates: Estimated unauthorized immigrant population, by state, 2014, Editors, November 3, 2016, Pew Research Center, In 2017, Vermont Governor Phil Scott announce that the state was "exploring a legal challenge" to the executive order signed by President Donald Trump for Vermont law enforcement authorities to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and “perform the functions of immigration officers in relation to the investigation, apprehension, or detention of aliens”.WEB,weblink Gov. Scott Issues Sweeping Rebuff To Trump's Immigration Orders, Hirschfield, Peter, Dillon, John, January 30, 2017,, Vermont Public Radio, 2017-12-26,

Dairy farming

Dairy farming is the primary source of agricultural income. In the last half of the 20th century, developers had plans to build condos and houses on what was relatively inexpensive, open land. Vermont's government responded with a series of laws controlling development and with some pioneering initiatives to prevent the loss of Vermont's dairy industry. Still, the number of Vermont dairy farms has declined more than 85% from the 11,206 dairy farms operating in 1947. In 2003 there were fewer than 1,500 dairy farms in the state; in 2006 there were 1,138; and in 2007 there were 1,087. The number of dairy farms has been diminishing by 10% annually.BOOK, Dunbar, Bethany M., Vermont Milk Commission considers price premium, the Chronicle, September 10, 2008, The number of cattle in Vermont had declined by 40%; however, milk production has doubled in the same period due to tripling the production per cow.WEB,weblink Dairy Farm Numbers – Vermont Dairy,, July 31, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink October 2, 2010, mdy-all, While milk production rose, Vermont's market share declined. Within a group of states supplying the Boston and New York City markets,called "federal order one" Vermont was third in market share, with 10.6%; New York has 44.9% and Pennsylvania has 32.9%.BOOK, Dunbar, Bethany, Vermont Milk Commission takes a look at hauling costs, the Chronicle, November 14, 2007, In 2007 dairy farmers received a record $23.60 for {{convert|100|lb}} (11.63 gallons at $2.03/gallon) of milk. This dropped in 2008 to $17 ($1.46/gallon).BOOK, Dunbar, Bethany M. quoting from book by James Maroney Jr., Former farmer has a plan for profits in Vermont dairying, the Chronicle, December 4, 2008, The average dairy farm produced {{Nowrap|1.3 million}} pounds of milk annually in 2008.BOOK, Lefebvre, Paul, Average Vermont dairy farmer expected to lose $92,000, the Chronicle, February 11, 2009, The dairy barn remains an iconic image of Vermont, but the 87% decrease in active dairy farms between 1947 and 2003WEB,weblink Dairy Farm Numbers, Vermont Dairy, July 31, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink October 2, 2010, mdy-all, means that preservation of the dairy barns has increasingly become dependent upon a commitment to maintaining a legacy rather than basic need in the agricultural economy. The Vermont Barn Census, organized by a collaboration of educational and nonprofit state and local historic preservation programs, has developed educational and administrative systems for recording the number, condition, and features of barns throughout Vermont.WEB,weblink Vermont Barn Census,, July 31, 2010, In 2009, there were 543 organic farms. Twenty percent of the dairy farms were organic and 23% (128) vegetable farms were organic. Organic farming increased in 2006–07, but leveled off in 2008–09.NEWS, Terri, Hallenbeck, A look at Vermont organic farming, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 5D, September 6, 2009, A significant amount of milk is shipped into the Boston market. Therefore the Commonwealth of Massachusetts certifies that Vermont farms meet Massachusetts sanitary standards. Without this certification, a farmer may not sell milk for distribution into the bulk market.LeClair vs Saunders {{webarchive|url= |date=May 24, 2013 }}. Retrieved April 21, 1980.


Forest products have always been a staple to the economy, comprising 1% of the total gross state output and 9% of total manufacturing as of 2013.WEB,weblink The Economic Importance of Vermont's Forest-Based Economy, In 2007, Windham County contained the largest concentration of kilns for drying lumber east of the Mississippi River. The decline of farms has resulted in a regrowth of Vermont's forests due to ecological succession. Today, most of Vermont's forests are secondary. The state and non-profit organizations are actively encouraging regrowth and careful forest management. Over 78% of the land area of the state is forested compared to only 37% forest in 1880s when sheep farming was at its peak and large amounts of acreage were cleared for grazing land.BOOK,weblink The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History, Second Edition, Klyza, Christopher McGrory, Trombulak, Stephen C., January 6, 2015, University Press of New England, 978-1-61168-686-9, Over 85% of that area is non-industrial, private forestland owned by individuals or families. In 2013, 73,054 million cubic feet of wood was harvested in Vermont.WEB,weblink USDA Forests of Vermont 2013, A large amount of Vermont forest products are exports with 21,504 million feet being shipped overseas plus an additional 16,384 million cubic feet to Canada. Most of it was processed within the state. In this century the manufacture of wood products has fallen by almost half. The annual net growth has been estimated at 172,810 million cubic feet. The USDA estimates that 8,584 billion cubic feet remain in the state. Forest products also add to carbon sequestration since lumber and timber used in houses and furniture hold carbon for long periods of time while the trees that were removed are replaced overtime with new growing stock.WEB,weblink The Role of Wood Products in Forest Carbon Accounting {{!, Forest2Market, the Wood and Fiber Supply Chain Experts|last=Hearn|first=Suzanne||access-date=May 20, 2016}} In 2017, the price of wood products had either plummeted or remained the same when compared to previous decades. Workers are discouraged. For example, in 1994, the price of a thousand board feet was $300, the same as it was in 2017. The price of wood chips has halved in the same time frame. In 1980, the price for a cord of wood was $50; in 2017, $25. For lack of demand, Vermont's forests are growing twice as fast as they are being cut.NEWS, Tena, Starr, Blek outlook for forestry industry,weblink The Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 1A, 20A, 21A, August 2, 2017, August 9, 2017,


An important and growing part of Vermont's economy is the manufacture and sale of artisan foods, fancy foods, and novelty items trading in part upon the Vermont "brand," which the statemanages and defends. Examples of these specialty exports include Cabot Cheese, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Fine Paints of Europe, Vermont Butter and Cheese Company, several microbreweries, ginseng growers, Burton Snowboards, King Arthur Flour, and Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream.There were about 2,000 maple products producers in 2010.NEWS, Bethany, Dunbar, Maple season starts early with record sap run, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 23, March 17, 2010, Production rose to {{convert|920000|USgal}} in 2009.Burlington Free Press, June 18, 2009, page 17B, "Bumper season for sugar makers" The state's share of the nation's production rose to 42% in 2013. It had the second lowest price at $33.40/gallon.NEWS, Natalie, Hormilla, Vermont leads the nation in sugarmaking again, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 1, July 16, 2014, The wine industry in Vermont started in 1985. As of 2007, there were 14 wineries.BOOK, Curran, John, Winemakers hope new state council will help them grow, Burlington Free Press, July 29, 2007,


As of 2015, GlobalFoundries was the largest private employer in the state and provides jobs to 3,000 employees at its plant in the village of Essex Junction within Chittenden County.weblink by Retrieved July 14, 2015.A 2010 University of Connecticut study reported that Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire tied as the most costly states in the U.S. for manufacturers.NEWS, Stephen, Singer, UConn study says Vermont costliest for manufacturers,weblink Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 6B, September 9, 2010, {{dead link|date=March 2017 |bot=Beta7 |fix-attempted=yes }}


{{See also|Vermont#Public health}}An increasingly aging population is expected to improve the position of aging services and health care in the state economy. The University of Vermont Medical Center, with approximately 7,000 employees, is the largest employer in the state.{{cn|date=December 2018}}In 2010, all of Vermont's hospitals billed patients $3.76 billion, and collected $2 billion.NEWS, Joseph, Gresser, State officials scrutinize hospital revenues, the Chronicle, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 11, September 28, 2009, 92,000 people are enrolled in Medicare. In 2011, Medicare spent $740 million on health care in the state.


In 2007, Vermont was the 17th highest state in the nation for mortgage affordability. However, in 41 other states, inhabitants contributed within plus or minus 4% of Vermont's 18.4% of household income to a mortgage.WEB, Vermont Business Roundtable, Housing Prices, Availability, and Affordability in Vermont,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink June 5, 2007, January 7, 2007, PDF, Housing prices did not rise much during the early 2000s. As a result, the collapse in real estate values was not that precipitous either. While foreclosure rose significantly in 2007, the state stood 50th—the most favorable—in ratio of foreclosure filings to households.BOOK, Braithwaite, Chris, Vermont weathers mortgage storm, the Chronicle, December 19, 2007, While housing sales dropped annually from 2004 to 2008, prices continued to rise.BOOK, Ryan, Matt, Moving In: Essex home prices edge higher, Burlington Free Press, August 3, 2008, In 2007, Vermont was best in the country for construction of new energy efficient homes as evaluated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under the Energy Star program.BOOK, Gresser, Joseph, Vermont is top in N.E. for new energy efficient homes, the Chronicle, October 3, 2007, However, about 60% of Vermont homes were heated with oil in 2008.BOOK, Pollak, Sally, In from the cold, Burlington Free Press, September 14, 2008, In August 2008, the cost in Vermont of various heating sources per {{Nowrap|1 million}} BTU ranged from $14.39 for cord wood to $43.50 for kerosene.While the number of houses sold in the state has dropped from 8,318 in 2004 to 8,120 in 2005, 6,919 in 2006, and 5,820 in 2007, the average price has continued to rise to $202,500 in 2008 ($200,000 in 2007).BOOK, Ryan, Matt, Hart, Melissa, yes, Vermont Numbers, Burlington Free Press, November 30, 2008, In 2009, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment was $920 per month. Rental vacancy was 5.4%, the lowest in the nation. 2,800 people were counted as homeless in January 2010, 22% more than in 2008.NEWS, +Nancy, Remsen, Home ownership still difficult goal in Vermont, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1B, 3B, June 16, 2010, In 2011, Vermont was fifth among the states with the greatest backlog of foreclosures needing court processing, taking an estimated 18 years. The national average was eight years.NEWS, Julie, Schmit, Foreclosures go nowhere fast,weblink Florida Today, Melbourne, Florida, 4A, April 1, 2011,


In 2009, the state attained a high of 361,290 workers.NEWS, Sarah, Buxton, Expanding the labor force is essential,weblink The Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 7A, February 21, 2018, March 11, 2018, As of 2006, there were 305,000 workers in Vermont. Eleven percent of these are unionized.WEB,weblink Unions Shrink Even in NY, Data Show,, January 26, 2007, July 31, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 22, 2007, mdy-all, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink June 14, 2007, A separate study shows over 325,000 workers in 2000, PDF, July 31, 2010, Out of a workforce of 299,200 workers, 52,000 were government jobs, federal, state, and local.WEB,weblink Regional Plan Volume II. Chapter 6. Economic Development, 2003, A modern high unemployment rate of 9% was reached in June 1976. A modern low of 2.4% was measured in February 2000.WEB,weblink BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics – History,, July 31, 2010,weblink" title="">weblink February 4, 2009, yes, mdy-all, As of September 2010, the unemployment rate was 5.8%.WEB,weblink BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics,, October 26, 2010, Employment grew 7.5% from 2000 to 2006. From 1980 to 2000, employment grew by 3.4%; nationally it was up 4.6%. Real wages were $33,385 in 2006 constant dollars and remained there in 2010; the nation, $36,871.NEWS, John, Briggs, 25 years of numbers, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1B, 4B, June 21, 2010,


Captive insurance plays an increasingly large role in Vermont's economy. With this form of alternative insurance, large corporations or industry associations form standalone insurance companies to insure their own risks, thereby substantially reducing their insurance premiums and gaining a significant measure of control over types of risks to be covered. There are also significant tax advantages to be gained from the formation and operation of captive insurance companies. According to the Insurance Information Institute, Vermont in 2009 was the world's third-largest domicile for captive insurance companies, following Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.WEB, Insurance Information Institute, Captives & Other Risk-Financing Options,weblink January 7, 2007, In 2009, there were 560 such companies.NEWS, Matt, Sutkoski, State unconcerned about insurance report, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 9B, August 1, 2009, In 2010, the state had 900 such companies.NEWS, Terri, Hallenbeck, Captive industry descends on Vt., Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1B, August 11, 2010,


File:LakeChamplain.jpg|thumb|Lake ChamplainLake ChamplainTourism is an important industry to the state. Resorts, hotels, restaurants, and shops, designed to attract tourists, employ people year-round. Summer camps such as camp Abenaki, camp Billings, camp Dudley, and camp Hochelaga contribute to Vermont's tourist economy. Visitors participate in trout fishing, lake fishing, and ice fishing. Some hike the Long Trail.In 2005, visitors made an estimated {{Nowrap|13.4 million}} trips to the state, spending {{Nowrap|$1.57 billion}}.BOOK, Dunbar, Bethany M., I can remember Barton when it was a booming town, The Chronicle, December 1, 2008, In 2012, fall accounted for $460 million of income, about one-quarter of all tourism.NEWS, Natalie, Hormilia, Foliage brightened area tourist economy, The Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 1A, October 9, 2013, In 2011, the state government earned $274 million in taxes and fees from tourism. 89% of the money came from out-of-state visitors. Tourism supported over 26,000 jobs, 7.2% of total employment.NEWS, Tena, Starr, Needed soon:1,300 hospitality and tourism workers, The Chronicle (Barton, Vermont), The Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 1A, 31A, July 24, 2013, According to the 2000 Census, almost 15% of all housing units in Vermont were vacant and classified "for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use".WEB,weblink Vacant housing units, Vermont, 2000 Census, {{Clarify||this is apparently being hyped here as an asset of some sort. Not sure that is what figure shows at all. Need to clarify sentence and maybe change paragraph|date=September 2010}} This was the second highest percentage nationwide, after Maine. In some Vermont cities, vacation homes owned by wealthy residents of New England and New York constitute the bulk of all housing stock. According to one estimate, as of 2009, 84% of all houses in Ludlow were owned by out-of-state residents.WEB,weblink Cottage industry, Other notable vacation-home resorts include Manchester and Stowe.


(File:1 vermont fall foliage panorama 2010.jpg|thumb|Autumn in Vermont)Hunting is controlled for black bear, wild turkeys, deer, and moose.NEWS, Hunting Season Opening Dates, Newport Daily Express, Newport, Vermont, TWO, HUNTING GUIDE, September 2009, There are 5,500 bears in the state. The goal is to keep the numbers between 4,500 and 6,000.NEWS, Vermont bear hunting season opens on Sept. 1, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 8, September 1, 2010, In 2010, there were about 141,000 deer in the state, which is in range of government goals. However, these are distributed unevenly and when in excess of 10–15 per square mile, negatively impact timber growth.NEWS, Estimates place the deer herd at 141,000, the chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 21, January 26, 2011, In 2012, hunting of migratory birds was limited to October 13 to December 16. Waterfowl hunting is also controlled by federal law.NEWS, Migratory bird hunting dates, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 15, September 19, 2012,


File:Stowe village Stevage.jpg|thumb|Stowe Resort Village]]Some of the largest ski areas in New England are located in Vermont. Skiers and snowboarders visit Burke Mountain Ski Area, Bolton Valley, Smugglers' Notch, Killington Ski Resort, Mad River Glen, Stowe Mountain Resort, Cochrans Ski Area, Sugarbush, Stratton, Jay Peak, Okemo, Suicide Six, Mount Snow, Bromley, and Magic Mountain Ski Area. Summer visitors tour resort towns like Stowe, Manchester, Quechee, Wilmington and Woodstock. The effects of global warming have been predicted to shorten the length of the ski season across Vermont, which would continue the contraction and consolidation of the ski industry and threaten individual ski businesses and communities that rely on ski tourism.WEB,weblink Climate Change Vulnerability of the Northeast US Winter Tourism Sector, PDF, University of Ottawa Department of Geography and Institute of Science, February 3, 2019, 10.1007/s11027-007-9136-z, In winter, Nordic and backcountry skiers visit to travel the length of the state on the Catamount Trail. Several horse shows are annual events. Vermont's state parks, historic sites, museums, golf courses, and new boutique hotels with spas were designed to attract tourists.In 2000–01, there were 4,579,719 skier and snowboarder visits to the state. There were 4,125,082 visits in 2009–2010, a rise from recent years.NEWS, Vt. ski area visits rise 1.4%, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 6C, June 10, 2010, In 2008, there were 35,000 members of 138 snowmobiling clubs in Vermont. The combined association of clubs maintains {{convert|6000|mi}} of trail often over private lands. The industry is said to generate "hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business."BOOK, McLean, Dan, Hard times may slow snowmobiling, Burlington Free Press, December 14, 2008,


The towns of Rutland and Barre are the traditional centers of marble and granite quarrying and carving in the U.S. For many years Vermont was also the headquarters of the smallest union in the U.S., the Stonecutters Association, of about 500 members. The first marble quarry in America was on Mount Aeolus overlooking East Dorset.WEB,weblink,, June 13, 2010, July 31, 2010,weblink" title="">weblink November 29, 2010, yes, mdy-all, The granite industry attracted numerous skilled stonecutters in the late 19th century from Italy, Scotland, and Ireland. Barre is the location of the Rock of Ages quarry, the largest dimension stone granite quarry in the United States. Vermont is the largest producer of slate in the country. The highest quarrying revenues result from the production of dimension stone.{{citation needed|date=October 2013}} The Rock of Ages quarry in Barre is one of the leading exporters of granite in the country. The work of the sculptors of this corporation can be seen {{convert|3|mi}} down the road at the Hope Cemetery, where there are gravestones and mausoleums.{{citation needed|date=May 2014}}

Non-profits and volunteerism

There were 2,682 non-profit organizations in Vermont in 2008, with {{Nowrap|$2.8 billion}} in revenue.WEB,weblink Vermont Nonprofit Association Folds, Where Most Needed, June 8, 2006, July 31, 2010, The state ranked ninth in the country for volunteerism for the period 2005–08. 35.6% of the population volunteered during this period. The national average was 26.4%.NEWS, Matt, Sutkoski, Vermont volunteering thrives, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1B, July 29, 2009,


File:Welcome to Vermont.jpg|thumb|Vermont welcome sign in Addison on Route 17 just over the New York border over the Champlain Bridge ]]Vermont's main mode of travel is by automobile. 5.7% of Vermont households did not own a car in 2008.NEWS, Tim, Johnson, Ditch the ride and catch a ride, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1C, June 20, 2010, In 2012, there were 605,000 motor vehicles registered, nearly one car for every person in the state. This is similar to average car ownership nationwide.NEWS, Art, Woolf, Vehicle registration declines with population in Vt.,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, July 18, 2013, The Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 2C, July 18, 2013, July 18, 2013, In 2012, about half the carbon emissions in the state resulted from vehicles.NEWS, Candace, Page, Riding Green, The Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1C, July 28, 2013, On average, 20–25 people die each year from drunk driving incidents; as well as 70–80 people in fatal car crashes in the state.WEB,weblink Vermont DUI Laws, yes,weblink" title="">weblink January 14, 2010, mdy-all, Motorists have the highest insurance rates in the country, 93%, tied with Pennsylvania.WEB,weblink Date, PDF, January 25, 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink September 2, 2011, mdy-all, In 2010, Vermont owned {{convert|2840|mi}} of highway. This was the third smallest quantity among the 50 states. 2.5% of the highways were listed as "congested," the 5th lowest in the country. The highway fatality rate was 1 per {{convert|100000000|mi}}, tenth lowest in the nation. The highways cost $28,669 per {{convert|1|mi}} to maintain, the 17th highest in the states. 34.4% of its bridges were rated deficient or obsolete, the 8th worst in the nation.NEWS, Roadwork:Vermont highways don't measure up, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1B, September 7, 2010, Individual communities and counties have public transit, but their breadth of coverage is frequently limited. Greyhound Lines services a number of small towns. Two Amtrak trains serve Vermont, the VermonterWEB,weblink Amtrak Vermonter, and the Ethan Allen Express.WEB,weblink Amtrak Ethan Allen Express, In early 2011, Amtrak evaluated the track used by the Ethan Allen Express between Rutland and Whitehall as the worst in the nation,WEB,weblink Amtrak ranks Vermont last as worst railroad, February 24, 2011, Burlington Free Press, Burlington Free Press, yes,weblink February 25, 2011, but subsequent improvements to the track later in 2011 vastly improved its performance going forward.WEB,weblink Rail News - Vermont Rail System's bolstered track improves Amtrak transit times. For Railroad Career Professionals, Progressive Railroading, Trucks weighing less than {{convert|80000|lb}} can use Vermont's interstate highways. The limit for state roads is {{convert|99000|lb}}. This means that vehicles too heavy for the interstates can legally only use secondary roads.NEWS, Office of Senator Patrick Leahy, Pilot program will route heavy trucks onto interstate, the Chronicle, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 33, December 22, 2009, NEWS, Tena, Starr, Leahy tries again, to move trucks to the interstate, the Chronicle, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 10, September 28, 2011, In 1968, Vermont outlawed the use of billboards for advertisement along its roads. It is one of four states in the U.S. to have done this, along with Hawaii, Maine, and Alaska.WEB, Communities Prohibiting Billboards,weblink WEB, Hawaii Fact 15 of 50: No Billboards in the 50th State,weblink

Major routes

The state has {{convert|2843|mi|km|0}} of highways under its control.BOOK, Fahy, Jill, Vermont roads in the middle of the pack, Burlington Free Press, August 1, 2008, Three Interstate highways and five U.S. highways enter Vermont, in addition to its own state highway network.

North–south routes

{{Anchor|North-South routes}}
  • (File:I-89.svg|20px) Interstate 89 – Runs a northwest-southeast path through Vermont, beginning in White River Junction and heading northwest to serve the cities of Montpelier, Burlington, and St. Albans en route to the Canada–U.S. border. I-89 intersects I-91 in White River Junction and has a short spur route, Interstate 189, just outside of Burlington.
  • (File:I-91.svg|20px) Interstate 91 – Runs a north–south path from the Massachusetts state line to the Canada–U.S. border, connecting the towns of Brattleboro, White River Junction, St. Johnsbury, and the city of Newport. I-91 intersects I-89 in White River Junction, and I-93 in St. Johnsbury.
  • (File:I-93.svg|20px) Interstate 93 – Runs a short, 11-mile distance from the New Hampshire state line to its northern terminus in St. Johnsbury, where it intersects I-91. I-93 connects the Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont with the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, and points south.
  • (File:US 5.svg|20px) U.S. Route 5 – Runs a north–south path in eastern Vermont from the Massachusetts state line to the Canada-U.S. border. U.S. Route 5 is a surface road that runs parallel to I-91 for its entire length in the state, and serves nearly all of the same towns. The two routes also parallel the New Hampshire state line between Brattleboro and St. Johnsbury.
  • (File:US 7.svg|20px) U.S. Route 7 – Runs a north–south path in western Vermont from the Massachusetts state line to the Canada-U.S. border. U.S. Route 7 connects the cities and towns of Bennington, Rutland, Middlebury, Burlington, and St. Albans. Between Bennington and Dorset, U.S. Route 7 runs as a Super 2 freeway. It also parallels I-89 between Burlington and the Canada–U.S. border.
  • (File:Vermont 100.svg|20px) Vermont Route 100 – Runs a north–south path directly through the center of the state, along the length of the Green Mountains. VT Route 100 generally parallels both US Route 5 (which runs to its east) and US Route 7 (which runs to its west). Many of the state's major ski areas are located either directly on, or very close to, VT Route 100. The largest town by population along VT Route 100 is Morristown.

East–west routes

{{Anchor|East-West routes}}
  • (File:US 2.svg|20px) U.S. Route 2 – Runs a generally east–west path across central and northern Vermont, from Alburgh (on the New York state line) to Guildhall (on the New Hampshire state line). U.S. Route 2 connects the Lake Champlain Islands and the Northeast Kingdom to the population centers of Burlington, Montpelier, and St. Johnsbury. U.S. Route 2 runs parallel to I-89 between Colchester and Montpelier. Although the portion of the road from Alburgh to Burlington follows a north–south orientation, U.S. Route 2 in Vermont is entirely signed as east–west.
  • (File:US 4.svg|20px) U.S. Route 4 – Runs east–west across south-central Vermont from Fair Haven (on the New York state line) to White River Junction (on the New Hampshire state line). U.S. Route 4 also connects the city of Rutland and the towns of Killington and Woodstock. Between Fair Haven and Rutland, U.S. Route 4 runs as a four-lane freeway that is mostly up to Interstate design standards.
  • (File:US 302.svg|20px) U.S. Route 302 – Runs an east–west path from its western terminus in Montpelier to the village of Wells River, where it intersects both I-91 and U.S. Route 5, and then crosses into New Hampshire. U.S. Route 302 is one of the main roads connecting Montpelier and Barre in central Vermont.
  • (File:Vermont 9.svg|20px) Vermont Route 9 – Runs an east–west path across the southern part of the state. VT Route 9 connects the towns of Bennington, Wilmington, and Brattleboro.
  • (File:Vermont 105.svg|20px) Vermont Route 105 – Runs a generally east–west path across the northernmost parts of Vermont (sometimes within a few miles of the Canada–U.S. border) from St. Albans to Bloomfield (on the New Hampshire state line). VT Route 105 ultimately connects the cities of St. Albans and Newport.
A 2005–06 study ranked Vermont 37th out of the states for "cost-effective road maintenance", a decline of thirteen places since 2004–05.WEB,weblink Microsoft Word – ps360final.doc,, June 1, 2007, July 31, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink October 25, 2007, Federal data indicates that 16% of Vermont's 2,691 bridges had been rated structurally deficient by the state in 2006.NEWS, State to inspect bridges similar to Minn. span, Burlington Free Press, August 4, 2007, page 1B In 2007 Vermont had the sixth worst percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the country.BOOK, Creaser, Richard, The bridges of Orleans County await repair, the Chronicle, November 14, 2007,


File:White River Junction VT.jpg|thumb|Amtrak station in White River Junction ]]The state is served by Amtrak's Vermonter and Ethan Allen Express, the New England Central Railroad, the Vermont Railway, and the Green Mountain Railroad.The Ethan Allen Express serves Castleton and Rutland, while the Vermonter serves St. Albans, Essex Junction, Waterbury, Montpelier, Randolph, White River Junction, Windsor, Bellows Falls, and Brattleboro.



Greyhound Lines stops at Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, and White River Junction.WEB,weblink Locations: Vermont,, July 31, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 16, 2010, mdy-all, Megabus, as of November 2014, stops in Burlington and Montpelier.Bus Stops, Megabus. Retrieved November 4, 2014. Vermont Translines, an intercity bus company started by Premier Coach in 2013 partnering with Greyhound and starting service on June 9, 2014, serves Milton, Colchester, Burlington, Middlebury, Brandon, Rutland, Wallingford, Manchester and Bennington on its Burlington to Albany line, and Rutland, Killington, Bridgewater, Woodstock, Queechee and White River Junction along the US Route 4 corridor.VT NY NH Bus Service, Vermont Translines. Retrieved November 4, 2014. The town of Bennington also has the weekday-operating Albany-Bennington Shuttle, an intercity bus operated by Yankee Trails World Travel.Bennington, VT Bus Service {{webarchive|url= |date=November 23, 2015 }}, Yankee Trails World Travel. Retrieved November 11, 2015.


Other transportation includes:Local Bus Providers, Vermont Agency of Transportation. Retrieved November 4, 2014.


There is a year-round ferry service to and from New York State across Lake Champlain from Burlington, Charlotte, Grand Isle, and Shoreham. All but the Shoreham ferry are operated by the LCTC (Lake Champlain Transportation Company).


Vermont is served by two commercial airports:


Newspapers of record

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Broadcast media

Vermont hosts 93 radio broadcast stations. The top categories are talk/information (11), country (9) and classic rock (9). The top owner of radio broadcast stations is Vermont Public Radio (11 broadcast frequencies and 13 low-power, local transmitters).WEB,weblink Radio: Frequencies, Stations, Find a Station, Coverage Map,, January 25, 2012, Other companies had five or fewer stations. The state has 15 online radio stations.WEB,weblink USA – Vermont Radio Stations Live Internet Radio Feeds – Instantly Listen to USA – Vermont Radio Online,, January 25, 2012, Vermont hosts 10 high-power television broadcast stations, three of which are satellites of a primary station. Represented are the following networks and number of high-power transmitters, ABC (1), CBS (1), Fox (1), NBC (2), PBS (4), and RTV (1). In addition, it has 17 low-power television broadcast stations, which in several cases are satellites of the high-power stations.



File:Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.jpg|thumb|right|The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, in Vernon ]]2008 peak demand in the state was 1,100 megawatts (MW).NEWS, Joel Banner, Baird, Vermont Dam Dilemma, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1D, August 9, 2009, In May 2009, Vermont created the first state-wide renewable energy feed-in law.WEB, Austin, Anna,weblink Vermont first state to pass renewable energy feed-in law,, July 31, 2010, In 2010, there were about 150 methane digesters in the nation, Vermont led the nation with six online.NEWS, Bethany M., Dunbar, Dairy farmers are making more than milk these days, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 1, February 10, 2010, While Vermont paid the lowest rates in New England for power in 2007, it is still ranked among the highest eleven states in the nation; that is, about 16% higher than the national average.BOOK, Handelsman, Richard, My Turn:Truths, half-truths about energy, Burlington Free Press, December 1, 2008, In 2009, the state paid the highest rates for energy (including heating) in the U.S. and had the worst affordability gap nationwide.In 2009, the state received one-third (400 MW) of its power from Hydro-Québec and one-third from Vermont Yankee.BOOK, Dunbar, Bethany M., Ten candidates talk business, the Chronicle, October 22, 2008, In total, the state got half its power from Canada and other states. It received 75% of the power it generated in the state from Vermont Yankee.NEWS, Dennis, McMahon, My Turn:Getting real on electricity challenges, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 7B, September 20, 2009, The state is part of the Northeast Power Coordinating Council for the distribution of electricity.The state's largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power Corporation, serves 80% of Vermont households.The state has 78 hydropower dams. They generate 143 MW, about 12% of the state's total requirement. Vermont experts estimate that the state has the capacity to ultimately generate from 134 to 175 megawatts of electricity from hydro power.BOOK, Gresser, Joseph, Panel considers small hydro power potential, the Chronicle, August 20, 2008, In 2006, the total summer generating capacity of Vermont was 1,117 megawatts.WEB,weblink State Electric Profiles,, July 31, 2010, In 2005, the inhabitants of the state used an average of {{convert|5883|kWh}} of electricity per capita.WEB, U.S. Per Capita Electricity Use By State In 2005,weblink Data – Swivel,, July 31, 2010, Another source says that each household consumed {{convert|7100|kWh}} annually in 2008.WEB,weblink June 28, 2013, What's the Greenest Place in America? Hint: It Has 8 Million People, Bill Morris, December 4, 2009, yes,weblink" title="">weblink mdy-all, Until the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant was shut down in 2014, Vermont had the highest rate of nuclear-generated power in the nation, 73.7%.BOOK, Hemingway, Sam, Nukes by the numbers, Burlington Free Press, July 20, 2008, Vermont is one of two states with no coal-fired power plants.BOOK, Handelsman, Richard, My Turn: Truths, half-truths about energy, Burlington Free Press, December 1, 2008, All Vermont utilities get their power from lines run by ISO New England. Each utility pays a share of transmitting power over these lines. Vermont's share is about 4.5%.BOOK, Gresser, Joseph, VEC seeks a 9.2 percent rate hike, the Chronicle, November 5, 2008,


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Law and government

File:VtSupremeCourt03.JPG|right|thumb|The Vermont Supreme Court's building in Montpelier ]]Vermont is federally represented in the United States Congress by two senators and one representative.The state is governed by a constitution which divides governmental duties into legislative, executive and judicial branches: the Vermont General Assembly, the Governor of Vermont and the Vermont Supreme Court. The governorship and the General Assembly serve two-year terms including the governor and 30 senators. There are no term limits for any office. The state capital is in Montpelier.There are three types of incorporated municipalities in Vermont: towns, cities, and villages. Like most of New England, there is slight provision for autonomous county government. Counties and county seats are merely convenient repositories for various government services such as state courts, with several elected officers such as a state's Attorney and sheriff. All county services are directly funded by the state of Vermont. The next effective governmental level below state government are municipalities. Most of these are towns.WEB,weblink'swho.html, town offices,, July 31, 2010,weblink" title="">weblink'swho.html, November 25, 2010, yes, mdy-all,

Finances and taxation

Vermont is the only state in the union not to have a balanced budget requirement, yet Vermont has had a balanced budget every year since 1991.WEB, Ron Snell,weblink State Balanced Budget Requirements: Provisions and Practice,, March 4, 2004, July 31, 2010, yes,, July 28, 2010, mdy-all, In 2007 Moody's gave its top bond credit rating (Aaa) to the state.NEWS, Burlington Free Press, February 6, 2007, 7A, Moody's gives highest bond rating to Vermont,, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 4, 2016, mdy-all, The state uses enterprise funds for operations that are similar to private business enterprises. The Vermont Lottery Commission, the Liquor Control Fund, and the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, are the largest of the State's enterprise funds.WEB,weblink State Auditor: Lottery is a highly visible government activity, March 8, 2009, unfit,weblink" title="">weblink August 4, 2008, August 3, 2007, by Tom Salmon, CPA, Vermont State Auditor. Retrieved March 8, 2009.In 2007, Vermont was the 14th highest out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for state and local taxation, with a per capita load of $3,681. The national average was $3,447.DatabankUSA,AARP Bulletin, April 2007, compiled from figures from the USCensus However, CNNMoney ranked Vermont highest in the nation based on the percentage of per capita income. The rankings showed Vermont had a per capita tax load of $5,387, 14.1% of the per capita income of $38,306.NEWS,weblink CNN, Where does your state rank?, David, Ellis, May 27, 2010, Vermont collects a state personal income tax in a progressive structure of five different income brackets, with marginal tax rates ranging from 3.6% to 9.5%. In 2008, the top 1% of Vermont residents provided 30% of the income tax revenue; around 2,000 people had sufficient income to be taxed at the highest marginal rate of 9.5%.Win Smith, My Turn: Taxes put sustainability at risk, Burlington Free Press (June 16, 2009), 6A.Vermont's general state sales tax rate is 6%, which is imposed on sales of tangible personal property, amusement charges, fabrication charges, some public utility charges and some service contracts. Some towns and cities impose an additional 1% Local Option Tax. There are 46 exemptions from the sales tax, including exemptions for food, medical items, manufacturing machinery, equipment and fuel, residential fuel and electricity, clothing, and shoes. A use tax is imposed on the buyer at the same rate as the sales tax. The buyer pays the use tax when the seller fails to collect the sales tax or the items are purchased from a source where no tax is collected. The use tax applies to items taxable under the sales tax.Vermont does not collect inheritance taxes, but does impose a state estate tax; a Vermont estate tax return must be filed if the estate must file a federal estate tax return (the requirement for which depends on federal law).Major Vermont Taxes, Vermont Department of Taxes.Vermont does not collect a state gift tax.Property taxes are levied by municipalities for the support of education and municipal services. Vermont does not assess tax on personal property.Property Valuation and Review, Vermont Department of Taxes. Retrieved March 10, 2009. Property taxes are based on appraisal of the fair market value of real property. Rates vary from 0.97% on homesteaded property in Ferdinand, Essex County, to 2.72% on nonresidents' property in Barre City.WEB,weblink Archived copy, March 4, 2007, yes,weblink" title="">weblink December 31, 2006,  {{small|(111 KB)}} Statewide, towns average 1.77% to 1.82% tax rate. In 2007, Vermont counties were among the highest in the country for property taxes. Chittenden ($3,809 median), Windham ($3,412), Addison ($3,352), and Windsor ($3,327) ranked in the top 100, out of 1,817 counties in the nation with populations greater than 20,000. Twelve of the state's 14 counties stood in the top 20%.BOOK, McLean, Dan, Property tax bills among highest, Burlington Free Press, December 17, 2008, Median annual property taxes as a percentage of median homeowners income, 5.4%, was rated as the third highest in the nation in 2011.WEB,weblink The Ten States With The Worst Property Taxesauthor=Michael B. Sauter author2=Douglas A. McIntyre website= pages= quote=, Average Property Taxes as % of Median Income: 5.4% (3rd Most in nation). Average Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $4,618 (3rd Most in nation); Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (5th lowest in the country); Average Median Income for Home Owners: $77,161 (7th Highest in the US)To equitably support education, some towns are required by Act 60 to send some of their collected taxes to be redistributed to school districts lacking adequate support.WEB,weblink Laws & Regulations: Act 60 Links & Resources,, July 29, 2004, July 31, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink May 10, 2013, mdy-all,


{{See also|Political party strength in Vermont|United States Congressional Delegations from Vermont}}Vermont is one of four states that were once independent nations (the others being Texas, California, and Hawaii). Notably, Vermont is the only state to have voted for a presidential candidate from the Anti-Masonic Party, and Vermont was one of only two states to vote against Franklin D. Roosevelt in all four of his presidential campaigns (the other was Maine).Vermont's history of independent political thought has led to movements for the establishment of the Second Vermont Republic and other plans advocating secession.Vermont is the only state in the United States that requires voters to be sworn in,WEB,weblink A Comprehensive Guide on 'How to Vote in Every State', having established the voter's oath or affirmation in 1777.

State politics

File:Meeting house marlboro vermont 20040911.jpg|thumb|Vermont towns hold a March town meeting for voters to approve the town's budget and decide other matters. Marlboro voters meet in this building.]]Republicans dominated local Vermont politics from the party's founding in 1854 until the mid-1970s. Before the 1960s, rural interests dominated the legislature. As a result, cities, particularly the older sections of Burlington and Winooski, were neglected and fell into decay. People began to move out to newer suburbs.Vermont was for many years a stronghold of the Republican Party. Ethno-political culture of the last century has seen a dramatic shift in voter turnout in the Green Mountain State. Since 1992, Vermont has voted for the Democrat in every Presidential election. Before 1992, Vermont voted for the Republican in every single Presidential election with the exception of 1964.Changing Patterns of Voting in the Northern United States: Electoral Realignment, 1952–1996 page 45 "historian Charles Morrissey has noted that Canadian support for the democratic party..." "Table 3.5 Frenchest towns were most Democrat voting towns" Page 50, table 3.6 also shows towns with highest portion of French ancestry have highest portion of Democrat voters, highest portion of English ancestry corresponds with highest portion of Republican votersThe Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. (Two volume set) edited by Michael Kazin, Rebecca Edwards, Adam Rothman page 535Franco-Americans of New England: Dreams and Realities By Yves Roby page 239Real Democracy: The New England Town Meeting and How It Works By Frank M. Bryan page 264A series of one man, one vote decisions made by the United States Supreme Court in the 1960s required states to redraw their legislative districts to accurately reflect population. As a result, urban areas in Vermont gained political power.The legislature was redistricted under one-person, one-vote in the 1960s. It passed the Land Use and Development Law (Act 250) in 1970 to discourage suburban sprawl and to limit major growth to already developed areas. The law, the first of its kind in the nation, created nine District Environmental Commissions appointed by the Governor, who judged land development and subdivision plans that would have a significant impact on the state's environment and many small communities. As a result of Act 250, Vermont was the last state to get a Wal-Mart (there are now six Wal-Marts in the state, as of November 2017, but only three – in Williston, St. Albans, and Derby – were newly built from the ground up). Because of the successful attempts to dilute what is perceived as the original intent of Act 250,JOURNAL
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and other development pressures, Vermont has been designated one of America's most "endangered historic places" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.BOOK, Rimer, Sara, Vermont Debates Value of Saving a Rural Image, The New York Times, July 4, 1993,
In 1995, the state banned the spreading of manure from December 15 to April 1, to prevent runoff and protect the water. Therefore farms must have environmentally approved facilities to store manure during this time frame.NEWS, Winter manure spreading ban in effect, the chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 21, December 19, 2012, While the state voted largely Democratic, Republican Governor Douglas won all counties but Windham in the 2006 election.A controversy dating from 1999 has been over the adoption of civil unions, an institution which grants same-sex couples nearly all the rights and privileges of marriage at the state, but not federal, level. In Baker v. Vermont (1999), the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that, under the Constitution of Vermont, the state must either allow same-sex marriage or provide a separate but equal status for them. The state legislature chose the second option by creating the institution of civil union; the bill was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Howard Dean. In April 2009, the state legislature overrode governor Jim Douglas's veto to allow same-sex marriage, becoming the first state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage through legislation.WEB,weblink Vermont lawmakers legalize gay marriage – Life –, MSNBC, July 31, 2010, In September 2009, Vermont became the fourth state in which same-sex couples could marry.The previous three were Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa. The same-sex marriage law in Maine was repealed by voters in November 2009 while Washington, D.C., now allows it.In 2007, the state's House of Representatives rejected a measure which would have legalized assisted suicide for the terminally ill, by a vote of 82–63. With the governor's signature on May 20, 2013, Vermont became the fourth state to pass a "death with dignity" law—the first to be passed through legislation rather than by ballot initiative.WEB
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Minor parties and Independents flourish. Rules which eliminate smaller parties from the ballot in most states do not exist in Vermont. As a result, voters often have extensive choices for general elections. Among others, this more open policy enabled independents like Bernie Sanders to win election as mayor of Burlington, U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator.A political issue has been Act 60, which balances taxation for education funding. This has resulted in the town of Killington trying to secede from Vermont and join New Hampshire due to what the locals say is an unfair tax burden.WEB,weblink Killington Secession Not Too Popular in VT New Hampshire Public Radio,, March 16, 2005, July 31, 2010, – Killington residents vote to secede from Vermont – March 4, 2004 {{webarchive |url= |date=April 7, 2008 }}The Vermont constitution and the courts supports the right of a person to walk (fish and hunt) on any unposted, unfenced land. That is, trespass must be proven by the owner; it is not automatically assumed.Vermont Constitution. Retrieved May 29, 2008.The state is an alcoholic beverage control state. In 2007, through the Vermont Department of Liquor Control, it took in over {{Nowrap|$14 million}} from the sale and distribution of liquor.WEB,weblink 2007 Annual Report of the Department of Liquor Control, PDF, July 31, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink June 17, 2010, In 2013, Vermont became the 17th state to decriminalize marijuana. The statute makes possession of less than an ounce of the drug punishable by a small fine rather than arrest and possible jail time.WEB, Vermont becomes 17th state to decriminalize marijuana, making possession of less than an ounce of pot punishable by fine,weblink NY Daily News, June 6, 2013, In 2014, Vermont became the first state to call for a constitutional convention to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC.MORGAN TRUE, March 5, 2014, Brattleboro Reformer, Vermont first state to call for constitutional convention to get money out of politics, Accessed May 5, 2014, "...Vermont became the first state to call for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision ... Monetta is the organizing director for Wolf PAC...In 2014, Vermont became the first state to mandate labeling of genetically modified organisms in the retail food supply.In January 2018, Governor Phil Scott opted to sign H.511, the Vermont marijuana legalization bill, which allows adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to two mature plants starting July 1, 2018.WEB, Ledbetter, Stewart, Vermont governor will sign marijuana legalization bill privately,weblink 18 January 2018,

Federal politics

{{See also|United States presidential elections in Vermont}}File:March Visits Throughout Vermont 07.jpg|thumb|Senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy and Rep. alt=Three older men on a stage next to an American flag.Historically, Vermont was considered one of the most reliably Republican states in the country in terms of national elections. From 1856 to 1988, Vermont voted Democratic only once, in Lyndon B. Johnson's landslide victory of 1964 against Barry M. Goldwater. It was also one of only two states—the other being Maine—where Franklin D. Roosevelt was completely shut out in all four of his presidential bids. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Republican presidential candidates frequently won the state with over 70% of the vote.In the 1980s and 1990s, many people moved in from out of state.NEWS, Cohen, Micah, 'New' Vermont Is Liberal, but 'Old' Vermont Is Still There,weblink February 23, 2015, The New York Times, October 1, 2014, WEB, Capen, David, A Planning Tool for Conservationists: Spatial Modeling of Past and Future Land Use in Vermont Towns,weblink University of Vermont, December 5, 2012, Much of this immigration included the arrival of more liberal political influences of the urban areas of New York and the rest of New England in Vermont. The brand of Republicanism in Vermont has historically been a moderate one, and combined with the newcomers from out of state, this made Vermont friendlier to Democrats as the national GOP moved to the right. As evidence of this, in 1990 Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, was elected to Vermont's lone seat in the House as an independent. Sanders became the state's junior Senator in 2007. However, for his entire career in the House and Senate, Sanders has caucused with the Democrats and is counted as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments and voting for party leadership.Powell, Michael.weblink Exceedingly Social, But Doesn't Like Parties. The Washington Post November 5, 2006.After narrowly supporting George H. W. Bush in 1988, it gave Democrat Bill Clinton a 16-point margin in 1992—the first time the state had gone Democratic since 1964. Vermont has voted Democratic in every presidential election since.Since 2004, Vermont has been one of the Democrats' most loyal states. It gave John Kerry his fourth-largest margin of victory in the presidential campaign against George W. Bush; he won the state's popular vote by 20 percentage points, taking almost 59% of the vote. (Kerry, from neighboring Massachusetts, also became the first Northern Democrat ever to carry Vermont; Johnson was from Texas, Clinton from Arkansas and Al Gore, triumphant in the Green Mountain State in 2000, from Tennessee.) Essex County in the state's northeastern section was the only county to vote for Bush. Vermont is the only state that did not receive a visit from George W. Bush during his tenure as President of the United States.WEB, Hallenbeck, Terri, President Obama tells Vermont crowd there's 'more work to do',weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, January 18, 2013, The Burlington Free Press, Gannett Company, December 12, 2012, March 31, 2012, Indeed, George W. Bush and Donald Trump are the only Republicans to win the White House without carrying Vermont. In 2008, Vermont gave Barack Obama his third-largest margin of victory (37 percentage points) and third-largest vote share in the nation by his winning the state 68% to 31%. Only Obama's birth state of Hawaii and Washington, D.C. were stronger Democratic victories. The same held true in 2012, when Obama carried Vermont 67% of the vote to 31% for Romney, and in 2016, when Hillary Clinton won with 57% of the vote to 30% for Donald Trump.Vermont's two Senators are Democrat Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving member of the Senate, and independent Bernie Sanders. The state is represented by an at-large member of the House, Democrat Peter Welch, who succeeded Sanders in 2007.

Public health

In 2010, Vermont was the sixth highest ranked state for Well-Being in a study by Gallup and Healthways.WEB,weblink Vermont Ranked #6 for Well-Being –,, February 15, 2010, July 31, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink May 13, 2011, mdy-all, In 2010, the state stood third in physical well-being of children.NEWS, Study ranks Vermont third in well-being of children, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1B, July 28, 2010, In 2010, Vermont was ranked the highest in the country for health outcomes.NEWS, County Health Rankings: National Comparisons,weblink Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin, 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink February 20, 2010, mdy-all, In 2000, the state implemented the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program to improve preventive services and management of chronic conditions. In 2011, the state ranked third in the nation in child health system performance.WEB, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,weblink State Partnership Supports Quality Improvement in Pediatric Practices, Leading to More Evidence-Based Care, Better Care Coordination, and High Satisfaction in Participating Practices, October 2, 2013, October 21, 2013, In 2011, the March of Dimes gave Vermont an "A," ranking it number one in the country on its Prematurity Report Card.WEB, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,weblink State Partnership Supports Quality Improvement in Pediatric Practices, Leading to More Evidence-Based Care, Better Care Coordination, and High Satisfaction in Participating Practices, June 5, 2013, June 6, 2013, In 2008, Vermont was ranked number one in the nation as the healthiest place to live for the seventh time in eight years. Criteria included low teenage birth rate, strong health coverage, the lowest AIDS rate in the country, and 18 other factors.WEB,weblink Healthiest States 2007 – AOL Money & Finance,, July 31, 2010, The state scored well in cessation of smoking, obesity, fewer occupational fatalities, prevalence of health insurance, and low infant mortality. A problem area was a high prevalence of binge drinking.BOOK, Remsen, Nancy, Vermont tops healthy list again, Burlington Free Press, December 4, 2008, While ranking sixth from best for adults in obesity in 2009, the state still had 22% obese with a rate of 27% for children 10–17. The ranking for children was ninth best in the nation.NEWS, Staff, Fairly fit Vermont still gaining with U.S., Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1A, July 2, 2009, In 1993, the obesity rate for adults was 12%. Vermonters spend {{Nowrap|$141 million}} annually in medical costs related to obesity.NEWS, Joel Banner, Baird, Study:Vermont among least obsese states, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1A, June 30, 2010, The combined figures for overweight and obese adults rose from 40.7% in 1990 to 58.4% in 2010. This is better than most other states.NEWS, Nancy, Remsen, Vermont is getting fatter,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, January 18, 2013, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1A, July 8, 2011, In 2011, Vermont led the nation in the rate of young people who had consumed alcohol in the past month; one-third of people aged 11 through 20. One-fifth of that group had binged during that time. The state was second for the use of marijuana by young people; 30% of adults 18 to 25 in the past month.NEWS, Study:Alcohol, pot use high among Vt. youths, Associated Press, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1C, August 4, 2011, In 2009, Vermont was ranked second in the nation for safety. Crime statistics on violence were used for the criteria.WEB,weblink Morgan Quitno Press,, July 31, 2010, Vermont has some of the least restrictive gun control laws in the country. A permit or license is not required for purchasing or carrying firearms. Concealed carry and open carry of a firearm is legal over the age of 16, with those below 16 requiring parental permission.WEB,weblink Vermont Attorney General Gun Laws, July 2, 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink July 4, 2012, mdy-all, WEB,weblink Brady Campaign Gun Laws, June 2, 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink January 2, 2013, mdy-all, WEB,weblink NRA ILA Gun Laws, July 2, 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink June 15, 2012, mdy-all, WEB,weblink Law Center to prevent Gun Violence, July 2, 2012, In 2007, Vermont was ranked among the best five states in the country for preventing "premature death" in people under 75 years of age. The rate of survival was twice that of the five lowest performing states.WEB,weblink South Lags In Report Card on Health Care – AOL Body,, November 30, 2009, July 31, 2010, In 2007, Vermont was ranked the third safest state for highway fatalities.weblink" title="">Vermont information Times Daily. Retrieved October 14, 2007. In 2007, a third of fatal crashes involved a drunken driver.BOOK, Sutkowski, Matt, Mixed drinks, mixed feelings, Burlington Free Press, December 7, 2008, In 2008, Vermont was the fifth best state for fewest uninsured motorists – 6%.BOOK, staff, wire reports, Vt. has few uninsured motorists, Burlington Free Press, January 23, 2009, Parts of the state have been declared federal disaster areas on 28 occasions from 1963 to 2008.BOOK, Sutkowski, Matt, Disaster declarations in Vermont, Burlington Free Press, August 16, 2008, In 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency cited Chittenden and Bennington as counties with 70 parts per billion of smog which is undesirable.Overberg, Paul, Hundreds of counties would fail smog standards, USA Today, June 22, 2007In northern Vermont particularly, moose are not uncommon, including in urban areas.Burlington Free Press{{Dead link|date=October 2009}}. Retrieved June 30, 2008. They constitute a traffic threat since they are unaware of vehicles. There are several deaths each year from automobiles striking moose.In 2008, about 100,000 Vermonters got their health care through the federal government, Medicare, Tri-Care, and the Veteran's Administration. An additional 10,000 Vermonters work for employers who provide insurance under federal law under ERISA. About 20% of Vermonters receive health care outside of Vermont; 20% of the care provided within the state is to non-Vermonters.BOOK, Moore, Mark, Letter to the editor:Question credibility of single-payer plans, Burlington Free Press, October 31, 2008, In 2008, the state had an estimated 7.6% with no medical insurance, down from 9.8% in 2005.BOOK, Hallenbeck, Terri, Vermont uninsured rate falls to 7.6%, survey shows, Burlington Free Press, December 23, 2008, In 2008, the Vermont Health Access Program for low-income, uninsured adults cost from $7 to $49 per month.Green Mountain Care Programs|Green Mountain Care {{webarchive |url= |date=May 14, 2010 }} A "Catamount Health" premium assistance program was available for Vermonters who do not qualify for other programs. Total monthly premiums ranged from $60 to $393 for an individual. There was a $250 deductible. Insured paid $10 toward each generic prescription. 16.9% of residents 18 to 35 were uninsured, the highest group.BOOK, Remsen, Nancy, HEALTH: Changes are among budget's most controversial, Burlington Free Press, January 24, 2009, Health care spending increased from {{Nowrap|$2.3 billion}} in 2000 to {{Nowrap|$4.8 billion}} in 2009.NEWS, Nancy, Remsen, Health reform criticized, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 6A, August 10, 2009, In 2009, adult day care services cost more in Vermont than any other state – $150 daily.NEWS, Long term care costs rise across the board from 2008 to 2009,weblink, October 27, 2009, March 21, 2013,weblink" title="">weblink January 13, 2013, yes, mdy-all, The state started air drops of rabies bait for raccoons in 1997. Known rabies cases in raccoons peaked in 2007 at 165. The program is in cooperation with neighboring states and Canada.NEWS, Vermont Department of Health, Aircraft to drop rabies vaccines, the Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 25, September 2, 2009,


File:Lyndon Institute.jpg|thumb|The Lyndon Institute, a high school in Lyndon, VermontLyndon, VermontVermont was named the nation's smartest state in 2005 and 2006.BOOK, Walsh, Molly, Vermont doing better than most, Burlington Free Press, June 8, 2007, In 2006, there was a gap between state testing standards and national, which is biased in favor of the state standards by 30%, on average. This puts Vermont 11th-best in the nation. Most states have a higher bias.BOOK, King, Ledyard, State tests put image ahead of performance, Burlington Free Press, June 8, 2007, However, when allowance for race is considered, a 2007 US Government list of test scores shows Vermont white fourth graders performed 25th in the nation for reading (229), 26th for math (247).US Department of Education. Retrieved July 6, 2008. White eighth graders scored 18th for math (292) and 12th for reading (273). The first three scores were not considered statistically different from average. White eighth graders scored significantly above average in reading. Statistics for black students were not reliable because of their small representation in the testing.In 2017, spending $1.6 billion on education for 76,000 public school children, represents more than $21,000 per student.WEB,weblink Lawmaker's education tax overhaul aims to slow spending - VTDigger, January 9, 2018,, January 14, 2018, Education Week ranked the state secondBehind New Jersey in high school graduation rates for 2007.NEWS, Vermont is No. 2 in grad rates, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, Vermont, 1A, June 19, 2010, In 2011, 91% of the population had graduated from high school compared with 85% nationally. Almost 34% have at least an undergraduate degree compared with 28% nationally.NEWS, Tina, Starr, Historically, rural areas have lost population, The Chronicle (Barton, Vermont), The Chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 11, June 15, 2013, In 2013, the ratio of pupils to teachers was the lowest in the country.NEWS, Paul, Lefebvre, Vermont has lowest student-to-teacher ratio in U.S., the chronicle, Barton, Vermont, 14, March 13, 2013,

Higher education

File:UVM Old Mill building 20040101.jpg|thumb|The University of VermontUniversity of VermontExperimentation at the University of Vermont by George Perkins Marsh, and later the influence of Vermont-born philosopher and educator John Dewey brought about the concepts of electives and learning by doing.Vermont has five colleges within the Vermont State Colleges system, University of Vermont (UVM), and thirteen other private, degree-granting colleges, including Bennington College Champlain College, Goddard College, Marlboro College, Middlebury College, Saint Michael's College, the Vermont Law School, and Norwich University.In 2016, the University of Vermont charged the second highest tuition in the nation for four years, $61,000 for in-state students, to $147,000 for out-of-state students. This compares with an average of 34,800 nationally for in-state students.NEWS,weblink Higher education in Britain is still good value compared with America, March 2, 2017, March 2, 2017, Economist,


File:Vermontasaurus-2010-07-07.jpg|thumb|VermontasaurusVermontasaurusVermont festivals include the Vermont Maple Festival, Festival on the Green,WEB,weblink Middlebury Festival on the Green, July 31, 2010, The Vermont Dairy Festival in Enosburg Falls,WEB,weblink The Official Home of the Vermont Dairy Festival, June 6, 2010, July 31, 2010, the Apple Festival (held each Columbus Day Weekend), the Marlboro Music Festival, and the Vermont Brewers Festival.WEB,weblink Welcome to Vermont Brewers Festival, July 31, 2010, The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is supported by the state and performs throughout the area.Since 1973 the Sage City Symphony, formed by composer Louis Calabro, has performed in the Bennington area. In 1988 a number of Vermont-based composers including Gwyneth Walker formed the Vermont Composers Consortium,WEB, Bathory-Kitsz, Dennis, Article on Composers Consortium,weblink New Music Box, October 4, 2011, WEB, Vermont Composers Consortium, List of members, July 1997,weblink October 4, 2011, which was recognized by the governor proclaiming 2011 as The Year of the Composer.WEB, Shumlin, Gov Peter, Proclamation for Year of the Composer,weblink Governor's Proclamation, The government of Vermont, October 4, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink February 23, 2012, mdy-all, Burlington, Vermont's largest city, hosts the annual Vermont International Film Festival in October, that presents 10 days of independent film from the US and around the world.WEB
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, The Brattleboro-based Vermont Theatre Company presents an annual summer Shakespeare festival. Brattleboro also hosts the summertime Strolling of the Heifers parade which celebrates Vermont's dairy culture. The annual Green Mountain Film Festival is held in Montpelier.
In the Northeast Kingdom, the Bread and Puppet Theatre holds weekly shows in Glover in a natural outdoor amphitheater.One of Vermont's best known musical acts is the rock band Phish, whose members met while attending school in Vermont and spent much of their early years playing at venues across the state.The Vermont-based House of LeMayWEB,weblink The Babes of Beaver Pond, Cathy Resmer, Seven Days, February 7, 2006,, July 31, 2010, performs several shows a year, hosts the annual "Winter is a Drag Ball,"WEB,weblink Slideshow: Winter is a Drag Ball 2009, Seven Days, February 16, 2009,, February 14, 2009, July 31, 2010, and performs for fundraisers.Examples of folk art found in Vermont include the Vermontasaurus in Post Mills, a community in Thetford.The rate of volunteerism in Vermont was eighth in the nation with 37% in 2007. The state stood first in New England.NEWS, State-by-state volunteer rates, Burlington Free Press, July 27, 2008, In 2011 Vermont residents were ranked as the healthiest in the country.NEWS,weblink The Huffington Post, And The Healthiest State Is, December 7, 2011, Also in 2011, Vermont was ranked as the fourth most peaceful state in the United States.NEWS,weblink The Huffington Post, Harry, Bradford, The 10 Most Peaceful States, April 20, 2011, In 2011 Vermont residents were ranked as the sixth most fit/leanest in the country.WEB,weblink Mississippi is the fattest state for 6th straight year, Colorado still leanest, Rhode Island getting fatter, Alaska slimmer, CalorieLab, June 30, 2011, May 9, 2013, Vermonters were the second most active citizens of state with 55.9% meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's physical activity requirements.WEB,weblink The Most Active States in America, Fit sugar, May 9, 2013, Vermont was ranked as the 12th happiest state in the country.WEB,weblink Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, List of Happiest US States, LiveScience, February 27, 2012, February 23, 2015, There are a number of museums in the state.


Winter sports

Winter sports are popular in New England, and Vermont's winter sports attractions are a big part of Vermont tourism. Some well known attractions include Burke Mountain ski area, Jay Peak Resort, Killington Ski Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, the Quechee Club Ski Area, and Smugglers' Notch Resort.Vermont natives in the snowboarding profession include Kevin Pearce, Ross Powers, Hannah Teter, and Kelly Clark. Others learned snowboarding in the state, such as Louie Vito and Ellery Hollingsworth.Vermont Olympic gold medalists include Barbara Cochran,JOURNAL
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The largest professional franchise is the Vermont Lake Monsters, a single-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, based in Burlington. They were named the Vermont Expos before 2006.WEB,weblink Lake Monsters website,, January 11, 2011, Up until the 2011 season, they were the affiliate of the Washington Nationals (formerly the Montreal Expos).


Currently the highest-ranked teams in basketball representing Vermont are the NCAA's Vermont Catamounts – male and female.2013–14 Basketball Season Tickets. Retrieved July 12, 2013.The Vermont Frost Heaves, the 2007 and 2008 American Basketball Association national champions, were a franchise of the Premier Basketball League, and were based in Barre and Burlington from the fall of 2006 through the winter of 2011.


The Vermont Bucks, an indoor football team, were based in Burlington and began play in 2017 as the founding team in the Can-Am Indoor Football League.WEB,weblink Vermont Bucks land with new indoor football league, The Burlington Free Press, August 16, 2016, For 2018, the Bucks joined the American Arena League, but folded prior to playing in the new league.WEB,weblink WEEKLY SPORTS LEAGUE & FRANCHISE REPORT, OurSports Central, April 17, 2017, April 17, 2017,


Vermont is home to the University of Vermont Men's and Women's hockey teams. Vermont's only professional hockey team was the Vermont Wild who played in the Federal Hockey League during the 2011-12 season, but the team folded before the season ended.


The Vermont Voltage were a USL Premier Development League soccer club that played in St. Albans.Annually since 2002, high school statewide all stars compete against New Hampshire in ten sports during "Twin State" playoffs.BOOK, Fantino, John A., Vermont breaks through, Burlington Free Press, July 20, 2008,


Vermont also has a few auto racing venues. The most popular of them is Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont. It is well known for its tight racing and has become well known in short track stock car racing. Other racing circuits include the USC sanctioned Bear Ridge Speedway, and the NASCAR sanctioned Devil's Bowl Speedway. Some NASCAR Cup drivers have come to Vermont circuits to compete against local weekly drivers such as Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Kenny Wallace, and Joe Nemechek. Kevin Lepage from Shelburne, Vermont is one of a few professional drivers from Vermont. Racing series in Vermont include NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, American Canadian Tour, and Vermont's own Tiger Sportsman Series.

State symbols

File:Hermitthrush63.jpg|thumb|The hermit thrush is Vermont's state bird.]]State symbols include:

Notable Vermonters

File:Coolidge at National Portrait Gallery IMG 4494.JPG|thumb|Vermont native Calvin Coolidge as he appears at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.Washington, D.C. Vermont is the birthplace of former U.S. Presidents Chester A. Arthur and Calvin Coolidge.


The following were either born in Vermont or resided there for a substantial period during their lives and whose names are widely known.

In fiction


Vermont sights

File:Vermont State House Montpelier VT 2014 10 18 09.JPG|State House in Montpelier—Vermont's capital cityFile:Mount mansfield 20040926.jpg|Mount Mansfield—Vermont's highest mountainFile:Burlington, Vermont.jpg|Church Street in Burlington—Vermont's largest cityFile:Burke from Lyndonville.jpg|Burke Mountain from Lyndonville—in the state's "Northeast Kingdom"

See also








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