These Are The 5 Most Ghetto Cities In Vermont

We looked at years of science and data to determine which places in VT are really ghetto.

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There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But where is the actual ghetto in Vermont?

How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:
“urban; of or relating to (inner) city life” and “poor; of or relating to the poor life.”

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state, and then put out a list.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places in Vermont:

  1. Winooski (Photos)
  2. Barre (Photos)
  3. St. Albans (Photos)
  4. Rutland (Photos)
  5. Montpelier (Photos)

Read on below to see where your home town ranked and why. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in Vermont.


What ghetto criteria did we use for Vermont?

In order to rank the most ghetto places in Vermont, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.

Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime, and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens in the Green Mountain State live.

Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.

We started by making a list of every place in Vermont with more than 5,000 people based on the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. That left us with over 6 places in Vermont.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Place data and FBI crime data in addition to the census, this is the criteria we used:

  • Household income levels
  • % Of adults without a high school diploma
  • Number of convenience stores
  • Number of drug stores
  • Number of discount stores
  • Crime

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a 10 mile radius of a city’s center.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.


1. Winooski

Winooski, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,250
Median Income: $44,828
Drug Stores: 26
Discount Stores: 10

2. Barre

Barre, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,955
Median Income: $40,679
Drug Stores: 8
Discount Stores: 7

3. St. Albans

St. Albans, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,889
Median Income: $44,657
Drug Stores: 3
Discount Stores: 3

4. Rutland

Rutland, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,217
Median Income: $38,558
Drug Stores: 4
Discount Stores: 6

5. Montpelier

Montpelier, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,760
Median Income: $60,676
Drug Stores: 9
Discount Stores: 6

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Vermont where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, and where there are a high number of discounted shopping stores, this is an accurate list.

Additionally, here are the least ghetto places in Vermont:

  1. South Burlington
  2. Montpelier
  3. Rutland

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Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In Vermont

City Rank Population Median Income Drug Stores Discount Stores
Winooski 1 7,250 $44,828 26 10
Barre 2 8,955 $40,679 8 7
St. Albans 3 6,889 $44,657 3 3
Rutland 4 16,217 $38,558 4 6
Montpelier 5 7,760 $60,676 9 6
South Burlington 6 18,378 $67,396 25 7