These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Vermont For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Vermont.

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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 29 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:

So what is the worst small town to call home in Vermont for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Richford is the worst small town to live in Vermont.

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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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 determined the worst small towns to live in Vermont for 2019

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, 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 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 29 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.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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3
/10

Population: 1,587
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $97,800 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (1st worst)
More on Richford:  Data

Johnson, VT

Source: Wikipedia User |
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,462
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $157,700 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (7th worst)
More on Johnson:  Data | Photos

Newport, VT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,372
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $129,800 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (4th worst)
More on Newport:  Data | Photos

Bellows Falls, VT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,013
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $133,900 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (18th worst)
More on Bellows Falls:  Data | Photos

Fair Haven, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,325
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $146,100 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (13th worst)
More on Fair Haven:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,316
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $231,000 (25th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.9% (2nd worst)
More on Arlington:  Data

Springfield, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,864
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $131,300 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (20th worst)
More on Springfield:  Data | Photos

Poultney, VT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,510
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $136,300 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (15th worst)
More on Poultney:  Data | Photos

Hardwick, VT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,450
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $124,100 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 0.0% (30th worst)
More on Hardwick:  Data | Photos

Lyndonville, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,390
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $132,300 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (11th worst)
More on Lyndonville:  Data | Photos

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. Bristol (Pop. 1,839)
  2. Woodstock (Pop. 1,156)
  3. Wilder (Pop. 1,451)

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Vermont

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Richford 1,587 12.0% $97,800
2 Johnson 1,462 7.1% $157,700
3 Newport 4,372 7.6% $129,800
4 Bellows Falls 3,013 4.6% $133,900
5 Fair Haven 2,325 6.3% $146,100
6 Arlington 1,316 10.9% $231,000
7 Springfield 3,864 4.2% $131,300
8 Poultney 1,510 5.6% $136,300
9 Hardwick 1,450 0.0% $124,100
10 Lyndonville 1,390 6.5% $132,300
11 Randolph 2,160 6.8% $180,800
12 Morrisville 2,128 5.4% $177,100
13 West Rutland 2,143 7.6% $151,800
14 Windsor 2,113 4.6% $159,300
15 White River Junction 2,494 7.1% $196,800
16 West Brattleboro 2,555 7.1% $182,900
17 Williamstown 1,195 1.8% $144,900
18 Enosburg Falls 1,306 2.7% $166,500
19 Brandon 1,416 6.4% $165,900
20 Milton 2,202 9.2% $250,700
21 North Bennington 1,685 4.0% $191,200
22 Swanton 2,632 3.0% $179,000
23 South Barre 1,271 1.2% $175,800
24 Manchester Center 2,444 6.1% $279,100
25 Vergennes 2,606 7.0% $217,000
26 Waterbury 1,832 4.7% $246,300
27 Bristol 1,839 1.9% $223,000
28 Woodstock 1,156 2.0% $386,700
29 Wilder 1,451 1.0% $223,100

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