Living in Vermont truly gives us the best of everything – room to move, fresh air to breathe and friendly neighbors all around. However, if you feel the need to scratch an urban itch, you can be in Montreal, Boston or New York in just a few hours. Depending on which part of Vermont you are headed from, the hustle and bustle of the city could be as easy to get to as the Long Trail.
When a small state is made up of tiny cities (and even tinier towns) the result is a place of closeness and community, not to mention some of the most stunning scenery you’ll ever see. While the big city life may be perfect for some people, Vermonters simply appreciate the superb living and all its small towns have to offer. Our lifestyle certainly has its advantages, and here are a few things that we love about living in the 802. Let us know what you think makes Vermont special in the comments below!
1. Low crime rates.
Crime rates are lower in small towns and most polls show Vermont as being the safest state in the country. While this may mainly be due to fewer residents, there is no denying that Vermont is a safe state. Just check out the statistics at
2. The best maple syrup, honey and cheeses are made right in your own backyard.
Some people make these goods as a business, others as a hobby, but one thing is for certain - we have some of the tastiest goods you'll ever try.
3. World famous foliage each fall.
People come from around the world to experience fall foliage in Vermont, but for us it's just a matter of going out our front door.
4. Less pollution.
For the most part, pollution is a big city phenomenon. It takes heavy manufacturing and numerous cars to create the environmental nightmares that take place in big cities. Small town U.S.A. does not have these things, nor the resulting brown air and ozone issues.
Small towns, which are the essence of Vermont, typically include the whole town when organizing an event. It's simply the right and neighborly thing to do. Remember the book "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten?" Living in Vermont is like that: share everything, play fair, etc.
6. Your commute is always stunning.
When your commute is full of mountains, streams and covered bridges, it's hard to sweat the small stuff.
7. Kid's behavior and manners.
If you think chivalry is dead, then you haven’t been to a small town in Vermont. The kids here are respectful, helpful and appreciate hard work. You will also be struck by the maturity of these kids, especially the older teenagers. Many of the high-schoolers hold jobs to do their part to keep it running. A strong work ethic is instilled at a young age and that value stays with them forever.
8. You'll be famous.
Not only do you know your neighbors, but they know you. And your kids. And your spouse. And probably your dog. While this may seem like you're in the spotlight, it also means that there’s usually someone you can call on to help in the event you need it.
9. Love for all generations.
Most community events in Vermont involve families and people of all ages. Children see how we respect and look after each other and subsequently learn from examples. It's a trickle down effect that bridges generations and fosters a love and respect for everyone.
10. Neighbors who care.
Things haven't changed much the the way of looking out for your neighbors, as evidenced by this trio setting on a Vermont porch stoop in the early 1900s. Neighbors here, for the most part, aren't nosy. They simply look out for each other.
11. Town pride.
In Vermont there are activities practically every week that are available to everyone without exclusion, and often free of charge. They range from sporting events to green-up days to town picnics and gatherings to church functions to a million outdoor activities. There is no shortage of fun things to do in our own backyard in the Green Mountain State.
12. Fresh food.
Vermont prides itself on its farm-to-table lifestyle, and there are many places to get your fresh produce. Whether you prefer to shop at farmers markets or grow your own, eating fresh and healthy is always encouraged and accessible.
13. Fresh air everywhere.
Who doesn't love a little wind on their face?
And many open fields to run and play.
14. The stars in Vermont are stellar.
15. And camping out under them is even better
16. You have the mountains...
18. And sometimes both at the same time!
It really doesn't get much better than this.
What do you like best about living in Vermont? Let us know and like this if you love it here!