A person’s wealth shouldn’t only be defined by money, and the term “poorest towns” should never be a defining factor in our lives. Quality of life, love and happiness can make a person the richest in the world, not to mention living in a beautiful surrounding. And, boy, does Vermont have some of the most breathtaking scenery. According to Wikipedia, Vermont falls smack in the middle of the 50 states having the twenty-fifth highest
per capita income in the United States of America, at $20,625 (2000). Its personal per capita income is $30,740 (2003). Based on U.S. Census data, these are the poorest towns (both incorporated and unincorporated) in Vermont.
Sheffield is a town in Caledonia County with a population that was 703 at the 2010 census and a per capita income of $13,277. As a result of the construction of a 40-megawatt, 16-turbine wind farm, the town is expected to receive $520,000 annually for 20 years, which was more than its annual municipal budget in 2011.
Brighton is a town in Essex County with a population of 1,260 at the 2000 census. The per capita income for Brighton was $12,999, with a median income for a household in the town was $26,932, and the median income for a family was $31,316. In 1957, a 67 foot white spruce was chosen from the town for display as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
As of the census of 2000, there were 107 people, 40 households, and 28 families residing in the town. It has raised to 112 by the 2010 census with a per capita income of $12,925.
The population was 1,302 at the 2010 census, and this is the most populous town in Essex County. The per capita income is reported at $12,804. Pictured is the Mount Orne Covered Bridge between Lancaster, New Hampshire and Lunenburg, Vermont.
Lowell is the westernmost town in Orleans County, Vermont, United States. The population was 738 at the 2000 census and the per capita income was $12,404.
Holland, located in Orleans County, had a population of 558 at the 2000 census and a per capita income of $11,936. Holland is the highest town in Orleans County. Perhaps due to its high altitude, Holland has historically had the coolest weather and highest rate of snowfall in Orleans County.
4. Johnson Village
Johnson is a village in the town of Johnson in Lamoille County with a population was 1,420 at the 2000 census. The median income for a household in the village was $23,846, and the median income for a family was $40,089. Males had a median income of $25,104 versus $19,861 for females. The per capita income for the village was $11,651.
Searsburg is a town in Bennington County with a population of 109 at the 2010 census and an average per capita income of $10,472.
The population in Averill was 24 at the 2010 census, triple the population from the previous census in 2000. The per capita income was reported at $9,876.
Ferdinand is a town in Essex County with a per capita income average of $9,138. Although incorporated, the town was never formally organized since it never gained a sufficiently large permanent population. The population was 33 at the 2000 census, having had a high of 213 in 1910.
Despite where any town falls in a national ranking, living in Vermont makes us the richest people in the world.