These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Vermont For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in Vermont are the pits.

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Most Americans have never been to Vermont. However, as the people who live there know, Vermont is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Vermont has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Green Mountain State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 67 of Vermont’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Vermont where you’d never want to live:

  1. Glover
  2. Island Pond
  3. Beecher Falls
  4. Greensboro Bend
  5. Readsboro
  6. Canaan
  7. Barton
  8. North Springfield
  9. North Troy
  10. Lowell

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Vermont has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Vermont or the worst places to live in Vermont.

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How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Vermont, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 67 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

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1. Glover


Population: 290
Median Income: $42,031
Median Home Value: $117,400

2. Island Pond


Population: 656
Median Income: $28,667
Median Home Value: $88,100

3. Beecher Falls


Population: 225
Median Income: $31,875
Median Home Value: $105,600

4. Greensboro Bend


Population: 208
Median Income: $43,000
Median Home Value: $72,800

5. Readsboro


Population: 290
Median Income: $25,417
Median Home Value: $118,800

6. Canaan


Population: 303
Median Income: $35,469
Median Home Value: $96,400

7. Barton


Population: 504
Median Income: $25,000
Median Home Value: $87,800

8. North Springfield


Population: 635
Median Income: $14,849
Median Home Value: $128,200

9. North Troy


Population: 649
Median Income: $36,500
Median Home Value: $105,400

10. Lowell


Population: 157
Median Income: $58,571
Median Home Value: $114,700

There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Vermont

If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Green Mountain State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Vermont, according to science.

  1. Best: Norwich
  2. 2nd Best: Old Bennington
  3. 3rd Best: Dorset

For more reading, check out:

  • 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Vermont
  • 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Vermont
  • 10 Worst Places To Live In Vermont
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Vermont

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Glover 1 290 $117,400
    Island Pond 2 656 $88,100
    Beecher Falls 3 225 $105,600
    Greensboro Bend 4 208 $72,800
    Readsboro 5 290 $118,800
    Canaan 6 303 $96,400
    Barton 7 504 $87,800
    North Springfield 8 635 $128,200
    North Troy 9 649 $105,400
    Lowell 10 157 $114,700
    Derby Center 11 564 $146,000
    Bradford 12 808 $178,000
    West Burke 13 326 $127,500
    Benson 14 308 $156,800
    Wells River 15 342 $156,900
    Groton 16 423 $118,800
    Alburgh 17 525 $135,900
    Cabot 18 207 $162,500
    Chelsea 19 321 $160,000
    Ludlow 20 881 $174,600
    Orleans 21 917 $110,700
    Albany 22 164 $128,600
    Proctorsville 23 451 $152,900
    Chester 24 583 $199,300
    Cavendish 25 199 $154,200
    Saxtons River 26 522 $207,100
    Putney 27 424 $213,800
    Concord 28 289 $98,200
    Newbury 29 312 $170,500
    Bethel 30 741 $151,200
    South Shaftsbury 31 501 $120,000
    Jacksonville 32 240 $201,800
    Hartland 33 383 $233,600
    Graniteville 34 737 $121,600
    Marshfield 35 283 $124,000
    Manchester 36 731 $371,000
    Wilmington 37 349 $184,400
    Newport Center 38 323 $111,100
    South Royalton 39 738 $136,800
    Plainfield 40 373 $169,600
    Irasburg 41 164 $154,200
    Derby Line 42 765 $139,900
    Stowe 43 348 $422,700
    Rochester 44 286 $178,400
    Cambridge 45 189 $181,900
    Wells 46 381 $162,100
    Jeffersonville 47 904 $212,500
    Pittsford 48 495 $163,900
    Quechee 49 599 $272,800
    Barnet 50 141 $175,000
    Westminster 51 307 $187,500
    Richmond 52 498 $259,400
    Wallingford 53 852 $205,900
    East Barre 54 912 $169,400
    Hyde Park 55 557 $210,000
    Fairlee 56 336 $197,200
    Waitsfield 57 163 $244,600
    Hinesburg 58 867 $170,700
    Danville 59 331 $185,700
    Perkinsville 60 164 $161,400
    Greensboro 61 108 $287,500
    Shelburne 62 564 $260,400
    East Middlebury 63 255 $204,700
    East Burke 64 104 $212,500
    Dorset 65 255 $393,300
    Old Bennington 66 187 $362,500
    Norwich 67 917 $466,700

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