Living and Working in Vermont
From the sophistication of its largest city to the natural beauty found around every bend in the road, from its family-friendly atmosphere to its unlimited recreational opportunities, Vermont offers a quality of life that is second to none.
You can choose to live in a bustling family neighborhood, a 200-year-old farmhouse on a quiet hillside or an urban loft that's just steps from the action of downtown. Whatever you decide, your commute to work is likely to be less than it would be almost anywhere else.
If you enjoy being active and outside, you'll love living in Vermont. As the seasons evolve throughout the year, a tremendous variety of activities presents itself and contributes to Vermont's healthy lifestyle. There's always something new here to experience - you just need to get out there and give it a try. Each season brings new possibilities:
- Winter: Vermonters have access to some of the best alpine skiing and snowboarding in the world. Many areas offer special season pass deals for students and residents and within roughly an hour, you can find yourself on the slopes of famous resorts like Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Jay Peak, to name just a few. Cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing and riding, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice fishing and snowmobiling are all popular activities and are easily accessible from Burlington.
- Spring and summer: In the warmer months, Vermont offers some of the nicest weather you'll find anywhere. Down on Burlington's waterfront, Lake Champlain is America's largest lake outside of the Great Lakes and is a great spot to fish, sail, kayak and swim. Burlington offers a Community Sailing Center, where you can rent a variety of boats, and the city's bike path stretches along the shore for miles. In fact, Vermont is considered a cyclist's paradise for road and mountain bikers alike. Burlington also hosts a large annual marathon, and several triathlons are held in the area. And, of course, the Green Mountains offer countless hikes across the higher elevations of Vermont.
- Fall: Vermont's spectacular foliage arrives as the hills come alive with color. Vermont's color season lasts a long time, changing first in the northern parts of the state and near the mountains, and last in the south and by the lake. There are many fall activities throughout the state, including craft and antique shows and apple festivals.
When you live in Vermont, you experience the feeling of community and the high regard for quality of life. Don't take our word for it…others have been saying just that:
- #2 in United Health Foundation's "America's Health Rankings" 2013
- #3 in the list of best states to raise fit kids, Child magazine (via NBC's "Today")
- Vermont named the nation's smartest state, Morgan Quitmo State and City Ranking