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:
- Island Pond
- Beecher Falls
- Greensboro Bend
- North Springfield
- North Troy
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.
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.
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
Population: 290 Median Income: $25,417
Median Home Value: $118,800
Population: 303 Median Income: $35,469
Median Home Value: $96,400
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
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.
- Best: Norwich
- 2nd Best: Old Bennington
- 3rd Best: Dorset
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Vermont