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Safest Cities in Vermont

  • Population
    8,501,286
  • Avg Annual Rent
    $15,368
  • Avg Household Income
    $75,041
  • Cost of Living
    21.60%
  • Violent Crime Rate
    10.9
  • Property Crime Rate
    218.7
  • Primary Care Ranking
    24
  • Mental Health Provider
    40

Vermont — the 14th state admitted to the Union — has the second-smallest population in the United States and is the eighth-smallest state in terms of area. The name itself comes from the French "vert mont" or "green mountain." In fact, the Green Mountains cut right through the state.

Did you know Vermont also has an official state flavor? It's maple. After all, Vermont is the nation's leading producer of maple syrup. Many Americans are familiar with another sweet treat that calls Vermont home: the Ben & Jerry's ice cream brand. And even if you've never experienced either of these Vermont products, chances are you carry one around with you every day: the vast majority of cellphones in the entire world use memory chips produced in the IBM (now GlobalFoundries) plant in Burlington. 

Burlington also happens to be the most populous city in the state. But is it the safest? Discover whether your hometown or favorite vacation destination landed on our list of the safest cities in Vermont.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Vermont

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

13 Safest Cities in Vermont

  • No. 1 East Barre

    East Barre a small town located southeast of Barre and Montpelier, tops our list of the safest cities in Vermont thanks primarily to its low cost of living. Residents in East Barre earned the highest average annual income on our list.

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    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    6.499415 (6th)3.899649 (3rd)57.19485 (1st)1.299883 (4th)1.299883 (4th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    12192 (4th)82096 (1st)0.032 (10th)0.048 (10th)0.058 (4th)0 (10th)
  • No. 2 Essex

    Of all the towns on our list, Essex — a northern suburb of Burlington and Vermont’s manufacturing center — boasts the highest population but the lowest hate crime index. Essex also has the highest percentage of households with internet access.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    1.375957 (3rd)4.586525 (4th)136.2198 (5th)0.458652 (1st)0.458652 (1st)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    15300 (2nd)75439 (2nd)0.031 (11th)0.046 (11th)0.022 (11th)0.062 (8th)
  • No. 3 Swanton

    Swanton can trace the history of its land back to the Abenaki people, who were believed to have first resided there in 800 BCE. The Abenaki Tribal Headquarters is still located there today. Notably, it has the highest percentage of unemployed uninsured residents of all the towns on our list.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0 (1st)12.19512 (8th)83.84146 (2nd)1.52439 (8th)1.52439 (8th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9372 (9th)51538 (7th)0.071 (3rd)0.056 (9th)0.051 (5th)0.35 (1st)
  • No. 4 Montpelier

    With a population less than 7,500, Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the U.S. It’s also the only state capital to not have a McDonald’s. According to our data, Montpelier enjoys a relatively low cost of living, low unemployment, and most of its population is insured.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    6.725854 (7th)2.690342 (2nd)216.5725 (9th)1.345171 (5th)1.345171 (5th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    11904 (5th)64405 (4th)0.039 (8th)0.077 (6th)0.018 (13th)0.043 (9th)
  • No. 5 Stowe

    Stowe is the home of the highest peak in the state, Mount Mansfield. Skiing and other recreational activities on the mountain provide a significant boost to its economy and have helped Stowe earn the nickname ”The Ski Capital of the East.” Our data shows it has the highest cost of living of all the towns on our list, and there’s room for improvement in terms of insurance coverage and home internet access. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.449388 (5th)2.224694 (1st)113.4594 (4th)2.224694 (10th)2.224694 (10th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9504 (8th)22690 (13th)0 (13th)0 (13th)0.53 (1st)NA
  • No. 6 Milton

    Milton borders the southern arm of Arrowhead Mountain Lake outside Burlington. It has the second-lowest hate crime index on our list, but a relatively high unemployment rate prevents it from ranking higher.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    8.164006 (8th)6.349782 (5th)94.33962 (3rd)0.907112 (2nd)0.907112 (2nd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    12420 (3rd)60117 (5th)0.099 (2nd)0.063 (7th)0.082 (2nd)0.333 (2nd)
  • No. 7 Bellows Falls

    Notably, Bellows Falls — home of the No Film Film Festival — has one of the lowest unemployment levels on our list. However, 19.3% of the population lives below the poverty line, and it has the lowest percentage of home internet access on our list as well. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    0 (1st)10.02339 (7th)187.1032 (7th)3.341129 (12th)3.341129 (12th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8772 (12th)32576 (12th)0.029 (12th)0.193 (3rd)0.044 (7th)0.2 (6th)
  • No. 8 St. Johnsbury

    The largest town in the northeast corner of Vermont, St. Johnsbury was also named National Geographic’s ”Best Small Town for Adventure” thanks to its year-round recreational opportunities. In terms of financial safety, St. Johnsbury has relatively low annual rent and unemployment, but there’s room for improvement regarding poverty and internet access.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    4.191115 (4th)16.76446 (9th)136.9098 (6th)1.397038 (6th)1.397038 (6th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    9096 (10th)37967 (10th)0.043 (7th)0.133 (5th)0.064 (3rd)0.218 (3rd)
  • No. 9 South Burlington

    Residents of South Burlington live right in Ben & Jerry’s backyard. But if that’s not enough of a conversation starter, South Burlington can also boast about having one of the lowest poverty rates in the state — and for being the fourth safest city in Vermont.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    9.835387 (12th)6.729475 (6th)296.0969 (11th)1.552956 (9th)1.552956 (9th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    16992 (1st)71017 (3rd)0.033 (9th)0.03 (12th)0.019 (12th)0.123 (7th)
  • No. 10 St. Albans

    Home to the annual Vermont Maple Festival, St. Albans is nicknamed ”The Maple Syrup Capital of the World.” According to our data, St. Albans fares about average across all categories in public safety and financial safety.

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    8.853475 (10th)48.69411 (13th)635.9746 (13th)1.475579 (7th)1.475579 (7th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    11064 (6th)53113 (6th)0.06 (5th)0.058 (8th)0.024 (10th)0.205 (5th)
  • No. 11 Lyndonville

    Only 1,157 people live in Lyndonville, making it the smallest town on our list of safest cities in Vermont. Residents in Lyndonville pay the lowest average annual rent, but when the average annual household income is taken into account, the town still experiences a relatively high cost of living. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    8.643042 (9th)25.92913 (11th)198.79 (8th)8.643042 (13th)8.643042 (13th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8484 (13th)32926 (11th)0.059 (6th)0.215 (2nd)0.042 (8th)0 (10th)
  • No. 12 Barre

    Barre is known as the ”Granite Center of the World” thanks to an enormous granite deposit (approximately 4 miles long, 2 miles wide, and 10 miles deep) located in the area. Unfortunately, it has the highest poverty rate on our list at 25%. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    37.18768 (13th)46.4846 (12th)275.4213 (10th)1.162115 (3rd)1.162115 (3rd)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    8832 (11th)39187 (9th)0.063 (4th)0.25 (1st)0.029 (9th)0 (10th)
  • No. 13 Brattleboro

    Situated on the Connecticut River in southeast Vermont, Brattleboro has a thriving arts community and was the second town in the U.S. to become Fairtrade certified. Unfavorable financial statistics — such as a 10% unemployment rate and a 19% poverty rate — place Brattleboro at the bottom of our list of the safest cities in Vermont. 

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    Public Safety

    Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
    9.640666 (11th)25.4163 (10th)400.5259 (12th)2.629273 (11th)2.629273 (11th)0 (1st)

    Financial Safety

    Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
    10788 (7th)40056 (8th)0.1 (1st)0.19 (4th)0.046 (6th)0.21 (4th)

Vermont State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Insurance Journal’s ranking of U.S. states most at risk for damage from natural disasters places Vermont at 45th. In other words, Vermont is the 5th safest state when it comes to natural disaster damage. According to USA.com, thunderstorm winds represent Vermont’s most common weather event, with hail and flooding nearly tying for second place. Only one significant earthquake and 14 tornadoes have been recorded in the state since the 1950s. The Active Times reports that heavy flooding from the aftermath of Hurricane Irene represents the most expensive natural disaster in Vermont to date.

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Health Safety

In terms of health, Vermont earned the No.1 spot in America’s Health Rankings’ 2019 report, making it the healthiest state in the U.S. Residents of Vermont experience extremely low rates of infant mortality and violent crime, and just 4.3% of the population does not have health insurance. According to the Centers for Disease Control. and Prevention, Vermont also has the lowest incidence of premature births in the nation. However, Vermont has concerning rates of pertussis, drug overdose deaths, and cancer deaths.

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Top 13 Safest Cities in Vermont

East Barre7,693211
Essex21,803422
Swanton6,560153
Montpelier7,434734
Stowe4,495375
Milton11,024696
Bellows Falls2,9935117
St. Johnsbury7,158888
South Burlington19,318949
St. Albans6,77713610
Lyndonville1,157101211
Barre8,605121012
Brattleboro11,410111313