Worst Small Towns In Vermont For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020? 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.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Vermont For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,620
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $99,600 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.3% (1st worst)
More on Richford:  Data

Johnson, VT

Source: Wikipedia User |
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,532
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $162,800 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (2nd worst)
More on Johnson:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,327
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $162,500 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (13th worst)
More on Castleton:  Data

Newport, VT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,331
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $124,600 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (10th worst)
More on Newport:  Data | Photos

Fair Haven, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,280
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $143,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (15th worst)
More on Fair Haven:  Data | Photos

Poultney, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,552
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $131,300 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (16th worst)
More on Poultney:  Data | Photos

Morrisville, VT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,183
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $169,700 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (12th worst)
More on Morrisville:  Data | Photos

Bellows Falls, VT

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,985
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $130,800 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (25th worst)
More on Bellows Falls:  Data | Photos

Windsor, VT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,157
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $161,400 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (14th worst)
More on Windsor:  Data | Photos

Enosburg Falls, VT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,340
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $168,100 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 2.3% (26th worst)
More on Enosburg Falls:  Data | Photos

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 2020

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 2014-2018 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.

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. Vergennes (Pop. 2,612)
  2. Woodstock (Pop. 1,517)
  3. Wilder (Pop. 1,577)

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Vermont

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Richford 1,620 13.3% $99,600
2 Johnson 1,532 10.1% $162,800
3 Castleton 1,327 5.6% $162,500
4 Newport 4,331 6.4% $124,600
5 Fair Haven 2,280 5.0% $143,500
6 Poultney 1,552 5.0% $131,300
7 Morrisville 2,183 5.7% $169,700
8 Bellows Falls 2,985 2.9% $130,800
9 Windsor 2,157 5.0% $161,400
10 Enosburg Falls 1,340 2.3% $168,100
11 Springfield 4,181 3.1% $137,000
12 West Brattleboro 2,650 8.3% $161,300
13 Lyndonville 1,314 5.9% $128,000
14 Hardwick 1,313 0.0% $86,200
15 Randolph 2,225 7.4% $180,300
16 Arlington 1,358 6.9% $207,300
17 West Rutland 2,151 3.4% $150,400
18 Manchester Center 2,033 7.6% $280,900
19 North Bennington 1,709 3.8% $196,400
20 Swanton 2,371 7.1% $172,900
21 Brandon 1,323 4.4% $170,200
22 Milton 2,217 9.9% $246,100
23 Bristol 1,746 7.5% $233,000
24 White River Junction 2,290 4.7% $205,600
25 Waterbury 1,748 3.7% $234,100
26 South Barre 1,182 0.0% $176,600
27 Vergennes 2,612 4.4% $220,900
28 Woodstock 1,517 2.1% $396,200
29 Wilder 1,577 5.0% $221,400

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