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Vermont () is a
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in the
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New England
region of the United States. It borders the states of
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Massachusetts
to the south,
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New Hampshire
to the east, and
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to the west, and the
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of
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Quebec
to the north. Vermont is the only state in New England that does not border the Atlantic Ocean. Vermont is the second-least-populated U.S. state after
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and the sixth-smallest by area of the 50 U.S. states with a recorded population of 643,503 according to the 2020 U.S. census. The
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is Montpelier, the least-populous state capital in the United States. The most-populous city, , is the least-populous city to be the most-populous city in a state. For some 12,000 years,
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inhabited this area. The historically competitive tribes of the
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-speaking
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and
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-speaking
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were active in the area at the time of European encounter. During the 17th century, French colonists claimed the territory as part of the
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's colony of
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New France
. After the
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began to settle colonies to the south along the Atlantic coast, the two nations competed in North America in addition to Europe. After being defeated in 1763 in the
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, France ceded its territory east of the
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Mississippi River
to Great Britain. Thereafter, the nearby British
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, especially the provinces of
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and
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, disputed the extent of the area called the
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to the west of the
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Connecticut River
, encompassing present-day Vermont. The provincial government of New York sold land grants to settlers in the region, which conflicted with earlier grants from the government of New Hampshire. The
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militia protected the interests of the established New Hampshire land grant settlers against the newly arrived settlers with land titles granted by New York. Ultimately, a group of settlers with New Hampshire land grant titles established the
Vermont Republic The Vermont Republic (French: ''République du Vermont''), officially known at the time as the State of Vermont (French: ''État du Vermont''), was an independent state in New England New England is a region comprising six states in the ...
in 1777 as an independent state during the
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. The Vermont Republic abolished slavery before any of the other states. Vermont was admitted to the newly established United States as the fourteenth state in 1791. During the mid-19th century, Vermont was a strong source of
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sentiment, although it was also tied to
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King Cotton
through the development of textile mills in the region, which relied on southern cotton. It sent a significant contingent of soldiers to participate in the
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. The geography of the state is marked by the
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Green Mountains
, which run north–south up the middle of the state, separating
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Lake Champlain
and other valley terrain on the west from the
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Connecticut River valley
that defines much of its eastern border. A majority of its terrain is forested with hardwoods and conifers, and a majority of its open land is devoted to agriculture. The state's climate is characterized by warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Vermont's economic activity of $34 billion in 2018 ranked last on the list of U.S. states and territories by GDP but 34th in GDP per capita. In 2000, the state legislature was the first to recognize
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s for same-sex couples.


Etymology

Samuel de Champlain Samuel de Champlain (; c. 13 August 1567 Fichier OrigineFor a detailed analysis of his baptismal record, see RitchThe baptism act does not contain information about the age of Samuel, neither his birth date nor his place of birth. – 25 Decemb ...
claimed the area around what is now
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Lake Champlain
, giving the name ''Vert Mont'' (Green Mountain) to the region he found, on a 1647 map. Evidence suggests that this name came into use among English settlers, before it morphed to "Vermont", ca. 1760. In 1777, Thomas Young introduced the name in writing with a broadside "To the Inhabitants of Vermont, a Free and Independent State".


History


Native American

Between 8500 and 7000
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BCE
, at the time of the
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Champlain Sea
,
Native Americans Native Americans may refer to: Ethnic groups * Indigenous peoples of the Americas, the pre-Columbian peoples of North and South America and their descendants * Native Americans in the United States * Indigenous peoples in Canada, the indigenous p ...
inhabited and hunted in present-day Vermont. During the Archaic period, from the 8th millennium BCE to 1000 BCE, Native Americans migrated year-round. During the
Woodland period In the classification of archaeological cultures of North America, the Woodland period of North America North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere. It can also be d ...
, from 1000 BCE to 1600 CE, they established villages and trade networks, and developed ceramic and
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technology. Their population in 1500 CE was estimated to be around 10,000 people. During colonial times, where encounters and settlement were initiated by French colonists, the territory was occupied mainly by an
Abenaki The Abenaki (Abnaki, Abinaki, ''Alnôbak'') are a Native American Native Americans may refer to: Ethnic groups * Indigenous peoples of the Americas, the pre-Columbian peoples of North and South America and their descendants * Native American ...
tribe known as the
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, or Missisquois. The eastern part of the state may have also been occupied by the Androscoggin and
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peoples. To the west, the Missisquois competed with the Iroquoian
MohawkMohawk may refer to: Related to Native Americans *Mohawk people, an indigenous people of North America (Canada and New York) *Mohawk language, the language spoken by the Mohawk people *Mohawk hairstyle, from a hairstyle once thought to have been tr ...
, based in the Mohawk valley but with a large territory, and the Algonquin
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peoples. Many of the tribes later formed the
Wabanaki Confederacy The Wabanaki Confederacy (''Wabenaki, Wobanaki'', translated to "People of the Dawn" or "Easterner") is a North American First Nations and Native American confederation of four principal Eastern Algonquian nations: the Miꞌkmaq The Miꞌkm ...
during
King Philip's War King Philip's War (sometimes called the First Indian War, Metacom's War, Metacomet's War, Pometacomet's Rebellion, or Metacom's Rebellion) was an armed conflict in 1675–1678 between indigenous inhabitants of New England and New England coloni ...
. The warfare by English colonists defeated and scattered most of the surviving Abenaki tribes.


Colonial

The first European to see Vermont is thought to have been French explorer
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Jacques Cartier
in 1535. On July 30, 1609, French explorer
Samuel de Champlain Samuel de Champlain (; c. 13 August 1567 Fichier OrigineFor a detailed analysis of his baptismal record, see RitchThe baptism act does not contain information about the age of Samuel, neither his birth date nor his place of birth. – 25 Decemb ...
claimed this territory as part of
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New France
. In 1666, French settlers erected Fort Sainte Anne on
Isle La Motte Isle La Motte is an island in Lake Champlain in northwestern Vermont, United States. At 7 mi (11 km) by 2 mi (3 km), it lies close to the place that the lake empties into the Richelieu River. It is incorporated as a New England town in Grand Isle C ...
, the first European settlement in Vermont. The "violent" 1638 New Hampshire earthquake was centered in the St. Lawrence Valley and reported throughout New England. This was the first seismic event noted in Vermont. In 1690, a group of Dutch-British settlers from
Albany Albany, derived from the Gaelic name for Scotland Scotland ( sco, Scotland, gd, Alba Alba (Scottish Gaelic Scottish Gaelic ( gd, Gàidhlig or Scots Gaelic, sometimes referred to simply as Gaelic) is a Goidelic language (in the C ...
established a settlement and trading post at , west of present-day
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. During
Dummer's War The Dummer's War (1722–1725, also known as Father Rale's War, Lovewell's War, Greylock's War, the Three Years War, the 4th Anglo-Abenaki War, or the Wabanaki-New England War of 1722–1725) was a series of battles between New England and the Waba ...
, the first permanent English settlement was established in 1724 with the construction of
Fort Dummer Fort Dummer was built in the winter of 1724 in what is now the Town of Brattleboro in southeastern Vermont Vermont () is a U.S. state, state in the New England region of the United States. It borders the states of Massachusetts to the south, ...
. It was intended to protect the nearby settlements of Dummerston and
Brattleboro Brattleboro (), originally Brattleborough, is a New England town, town in Windham County, Vermont, United States. The most populous municipality abutting Vermont's eastern border with New Hampshire, which is the Connecticut River, Brattleboro is l ...
. From 1731 to 1734, the French constructed Fort St. Frédéric, which gave them control of the New France–Vermont frontier region in the Lake Champlain Valley. With the outbreak of the
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French and Indian War
in 1754, the North American front of the
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between the French and British, the French began construction in 1755 of
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Fort Carillon
at present-day
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. The British failed to take either fort between 1755 and 1758. In 1759 a combined force of 12,000 British regular and provincial troops under Sir
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captured Carillon, after which the French abandoned Fort St. Frédéric. Amherst constructed
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next to the remains of the Fort St. Frédéric, securing British control over the area. Following France's loss in the French and Indian War, through the 1763 Treaty of Paris, it ceded control of land east of the Mississippi River to the British. The Crown attempted to to lands east of the Appalachians, in order to prohibit encroachment on Native American lands. The territory of Vermont was divided nearly in half in a jagged line running from
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in Lake George diagonally north-eastward to
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Lake Memphremagog
. With the end of the war, new settlers arrived in Vermont. Ultimately, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York all claimed this frontier area. On July 20, 1764,
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King George III
established the boundary between
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New Hampshire
and
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along the west bank of the
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Connecticut River
, north of
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Massachusetts
, and south of .
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refused to recognize the land titles known as the
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(towns created by land grants sold by New Hampshire Governor
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) and dissatisfied New Hampshire settlers organized in opposition. In 1770
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, his brothers
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and Levi, and the Allens' cousins
Seth Warner Seth Warner (17 May 1743 – 26 December 1784) was a Revolutionary War officer from Vermont who rose to rank of Continental colonel and was often given the duties of a brigade A brigade is a major tactical military unit, military formati ...
and Remember Baker, recruited an informal militia known as the
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to protect the interests of the original New Hampshire settlers against newcomers from New York. In 1775, after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, the Green Mountain Boys assisted a force from Connecticut, led by Benedict Arnold, in capturing the British fort at Ticonderoga. Thereafter, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia directed the New York colony's revolutionary congress to fund and equip Allen's militia as a ranger regiment of the Continental Army, which it did. Seth Warner was chosen by the men of the regiment to lead, while Ethan Allen later served as a colonel in Schuyler's Army of Northern New York.


Sovereignty

On January 15, 1777, representatives of the New Hampshire Grants declared the independence of
Vermont Vermont () is a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine published by the U.S. Department of State * The State (newspaper), ''The State'' (newspaper), a daily newspaper in ...
. For the first six months of its existence, it was called the Republic of New Connecticut.Esther Munroe Swift, ''Vermont Place-Names: Footprints in History'' Picton Press, 1977 On June 2, 1777, a second convention of 72 delegates met and adopted the name "Vermont." This was on the advice of a friendly Pennsylvanian, Dr. Thomas Young, friend and mentor of
Ethan Allen Ethan Allen (Allen's date of birth is made confusing by calendrical differences caused by the conversion between the Julian calendar, Julian and Gregorian calendars. The first change offsets the date by 11 days. The second is that, at the time ...
. He was advising them on how to achieve admission into the newly independent United States of America as the 14th state. On July 4, they completed the drafting of the
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at the Windsor Tavern, and adopted it on July 8. This was the first written constitution in North America to ban adult
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, saying male slaves become free at the age of 21 and females at 18. It provided for universal adult male suffrage and required support of public schools. It was in effect from 1777 to 1786.


Revolutionary War

The Battle of Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, was a seminal event in the history of the state of Vermont and the United States. A combined American force, under General
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John Stark
's command, attacked the
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column at
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, just across the border from Bennington. It killed or captured virtually the entire Hessian detachment. General never recovered from this loss and eventually surrendered the remainder of his 6,000-man force at
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, on October 17 that year. The battles of Bennington and Saratoga together are recognized as the turning point in the Revolutionary War because they were the first major defeat of a British army. The anniversary of the battle is still celebrated in Vermont as a legal holiday. The
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(July 7, 1777) was the only Revolutionary battle within the present boundaries of Vermont. Although the Continental forces were technically defeated, the British forces were damaged to the point that they did not pursue the Americans (retreating from Fort Ticonderoga) any further.


Admission to the Union

Vermont continued to govern itself as a sovereign entity based in the eastern town of Windsor for 14 years. The independent state of Vermont issued its own coinage from 1785 to 1788 and operated a national postal service. Thomas Chittenden was the Governor in 1778–89 and in 1790–91. Because the state of New York continued to assert a disputed claim that Vermont was a part of New York, Vermont could not be admission to the Union, admitted to the Union under Article IV, Section3 of the Constitution until the legislature of New York consented. On March 6, 1790, the legislature made its consent contingent upon a negotiated agreement on the precise boundary between the two states. When commissioners from New York and Vermont met to decide on the boundary, Vermont's negotiators insisted on also settling the property ownership disputes with New Yorkers, rather than leaving that to be decided later in a federal court. The negotiations were successfully concluded in October 1790 with an agreement that Vermont would pay $30,000 to New York to be distributed among New Yorkers who claimed land in Vermont under New York land patents. In January 1791, a convention in Vermont voted 105–4 to petition Congress to become a state in the federal union. Congress acted on February 18, 1791, to admit Vermont to the Union as the 14th state as of March 4, 1791. Vermont became the first to enter the Union after the original 13 states. The revised constitution of 1786, which established a greater separation of powers, continued in effect until 1793, two years after Vermont's admission to the Union. Under the Act "To Secure Freedom to All Persons Within This State," slavery was officially banned by state law on November 25, 1858, less than three years before the
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. Vermonters provided refuge in several sites for escaped slaves, fleeing to Canada, as part of what was called the Underground Railroad.


Civil War

From the mid-1850s on, some Vermonters became activists opposing
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, which they had previously worked to contain in the South. Abolitionism in the United States, Abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens was born in Vermont and later represented a district in Pennsylvania in Congress. He developed as a national leader and later promoted Radical Republicans, Radical Republican goals after the
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. While the Whig Party shriveled, and the Republican Party (United States), Republican Party emerged, Vermont supported Republican candidates. In 1860 it voted for Abraham Lincoln, giving him the largest margin of victory of any state. During the
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, Vermont sent 33,288 men into United States service. 5,224 Vermonters (more than 15 percent) were killed. The northernmost land action of the war was the St. Albans Raid—the robbery of three St. Albans banks, perpetrated in October 1864 by 21 Confederate agents. A posse pursued the Confederate raiders into Canada and captured several of them. They had to turn their captives over to Canadian officials. Canada reimbursed the banks, released, and later re-arrested some of the perpetrators.


Postbellum era to present


Demographic changes and rise of eugenics in 20th century

As English speakers came to dominate the population in Vermont, they anglicized the names of many ethnic French residents and often discriminated against them. In the mid-20th century, descendants began to reclaim their French names, especially surnames. Beginning in the mid-19th century, Vermont industries attracted numerous Irish Americans, Irish, Scotch-Irish Americans, Scots-Irish and Italian Americans, Italian immigrants, adding to its residents of mostly English Americans, English and some Quebec diaspora#United States, French-Canadian ancestry. Many of the immigrants migrated to Barre (city), Vermont, Barre, where the men worked as stonecutters of granite, for which there was a national market. Vermont granite was used in major public buildings in many states. In this period, many Italian and Scottish women operated boarding houses to support their families. Such facilities also helped absorb new residents and help them learn the new culture; European immigrants peaked in number between 1890 and 1900. Typically immigrants boarded with people of their own language and ethnicity, but sometimes they boarded with others. Gradually the new immigrants were absorbed into the state. Times of tension aroused divisions. In the early 20th century, some people in Vermont became alarmed about what they considered to be a decline in rural areas; people left farming to move to cities and others seemed unable to fit within society. In addition, there was a wave of immigration by French Canadians, and those of Protestant Yankee stock feared being overtaken by the new people, who added to the Catholic population of Irish and Italians. Based on the colonial past, some Yankee residents considered the French Canadians to have intermarried too frequently with Native Americans. In an era influenced by ideas of Social Darwinism, some Vermont leaders promoted eugenics, an idea that the population could be managed and improved by limiting marriage and reproduction by certain members classified as unfit or defective. It passed a marriage law, to limit marriage by people considered unfit. In 1915 the Brandon State School opened, the beginning of a related effort to segregate and control those judged unfit to reproduce. The state followed efforts to improve children's welfare by establishing other institutions to house the mentally ill or disabled. From 1925 to 1928 the Eugenics Survey of Vermont conducted research and recorded the histories of families it determined were degenerate or dependent. It also attempted to educate the public about why restrictive measures, including voluntary sterilization, were desirable. Review by current historians reveals the results were socially prejudiced, as the surveys tended to target the poor and disenfranchised minorities, including French Canadians, Abenaki, and disabled. In 1931 Vermont was the 29th state to pass a eugenics law. Vermont like other states, sterilized some patients in institutions and persons it had identified through surveys as degenerate or unfit. It nominally had permission from the patients or their guardians, but abuses have been documented. Two-thirds of the sterilizations were done on women, and poor, unwed mothers were targeted, among others. The surgery was performed at institutions and hospitals in the state supposedly devoted to care of people in need. There is disagreement about how many sterilizations were performed; most were completed from 1931 to 1941, but such procedures were recorded as late as 1970.


Natural disasters

In addition to the increased intensity and flooding caused by Global warming, climate change, the state has suffered several extreme natural disasters in the 20th and 21st centuries related to hurricanes, and extensive rain and flooding. Large-scale flooding occurred in early November 1927. During this incident, 84 people died, including the Hollister Jackson, state's lieutenant governor. The 1938 New England hurricane in the fall of that year blew down of trees, one-third of the total forest at the time in New England. Three billion board feet were salvaged. Today many of the older trees in Vermont are about 75 years old, dating from after this storm. A major flood occurred in 1973, causing the deaths of two people and millions of dollars in property damage. The state suffered severe flooding in late August 2011 caused by Hurricane Irene (2011)#New England, Tropical Storm Irene. Heavy rains caused flooding in many towns built along narrow river valleys. The governor described it as one of the worst natural disasters of the 20th and 21st centuries, second only to the flood of 1927. The state was classified as a federal disaster area.


Political changes

Vermont approved women's suffrage decades before it became part of the national constitution. Women were first allowed to vote in the elections of December 18, 1880, when women were granted limited suffrage. They were first allowed to vote in town elections, and later in state legislative races. In 1964, the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Supreme Court decision in ''Reynolds v. Sims'' required "one man, one vote" redistricting in all states. It had found that many state legislatures had not redistricted and were unjustly dominated by rural interests, years after the development of densely populated and industrial urban areas. In addition, it found that many states had an upper house based on geographical jurisdictions, such as counties. This gave disproportionate power to rural and lightly populated counties. The court ruled there was no basis for such a structure. Major changes in political apportionment took place in Vermont and other affected states. This ruling required districts to be reassessed after every census and to be based on roughly equal population, rather than geography (such as counties). Under redistricting, residents in urban areas were to gain an equitable share of apportionment in both houses in every state. Vermont and some other northern states had long been dominated by rural districts, as were several Southern states in those years, who had not redistricted since the turn of the century. Until that time, apportionment of upper houses was often based on county jurisdictions, which had given more power to rural counties and failed to acknowledge the increased population in urban areas. This arrangement had meant that urban areas did not have proportionate political power and often suffered from underinvestment in needed infrastructure; other urban issues were also neglected by rural-dominated legislatures. In July 2000, Vermont became the first state to introduce
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s. In 2009, Vermont became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, unforced by court challenge or ruling. Since the late 20th century, Abenaki peoples in Vermont lobbied for recognition. In 2011 the state officially recognized their continued presence in the region by recognizing the Elnu Tribe of the Abenaki and the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation; in 2012 it recognized the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi and the Koasek Traditional Band of the Koos Abenaki Nation. In 2016 the state governor proclaimed Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. On January 22, 2018, Vermont became the first of the United States to legalize cannabis for recreational use by legislative action, and the ninth state in the United States to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. This law was signed by Republican Governor Phil Scott.


Geography

Vermont is located in the
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region of the northeastern United States and comprises , making it the 45th-largest state. It is the only state that List of tallest buildings in Vermont, does not have any buildings taller than . Land comprises and water comprises , making it the 43rd-largest in land area and the 47th in water area. In total area, it is larger than El Salvador and smaller than Haiti. It is the only landlocked state in New England, and it is the easternmost and the smallest in area of all landlocked states. The
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in Vermont form a north–south spine running most of the length of the state, slightly west of its center. In the southwest portion of the state are located the Taconic Mountains. In the northwest, near
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, is the fertile Champlain Valley. In the south of the valley is Bomoseen Lake, Lake Bomoseen. The west bank of the
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marks the state's eastern border with New Hampshire, though much of the river flows within New Hampshire's territory. 41% of Vermont's land area is part of the Connecticut River's watershed.
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, the sixth-largest body of fresh water in the United States, separates Vermont from New York in the northwest portion of the state. From north to south, Vermont is long. Its greatest width, from east to west, is at the Canada–U.S. border; the narrowest width is near the Massachusetts border. The width averages . The state's Centroid, geographic center is approximately three miles (5 km) east of Roxbury, Vermont, Roxbury, in Washington County, Vermont, Washington County. There are List of Canada–United States border crossings, fifteen U.S. federal border crossings between Vermont and Canada. Several mountains have timberlines with delicate year-round alpine ecosystems, including Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in the state; Killington Peak, the second-highest; Camel's Hump (Vermont), Camel's Hump, the state's third-highest; and Mount Abraham (Vermont), Mount Abraham, the fifth-highest peak. Areas in Vermont administered by the National Park Service include the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (in Woodstock, Vermont, Woodstock) and the Appalachian Trail by state#Vermont, Appalachian National Scenic Trail.


Cities

Vermont has nine incorporated cities. The most populous city in Vermont is . Its metropolitan area is also the most populous in the state, with an estimate of 225,562 as of 2020.


Largest towns

Although these New England town, towns are large enough to be considered cities, they are not incorporated as such.


Climate

The annual mean temperature for the state is . Vermont has a humid continental climate, with mud season, muddy springs, in general a mild early summer, hot Augusts; it has autumn in New England, colorful autumns: Vermont's hills reveal red, orange, and (on sugar maples) gold foliage as cold weather approaches. Winters are colder at higher elevations. It has a Köppen climate classification of Dfb, a temperate continental climate. The rural northeastern section known as the "Northeast Kingdom" often averages colder than the southern areas of the state during winter. The annual snowfall averages between depending on elevation. Vermont is the seventh coldest state in the country. The highest recorded temperature was , at Vernon, Vermont, Vernon, on July 4, 1911. The lowest recorded temperature was , at Bloomfield, Vermont, Bloomfield, on December 30, 1933; this is the lowest temperature recorded in New England alongside Big Black River (Saint John River tributary), Big Black River, which recorded a verified in 2009. The agricultural growing season ranges from 120 to 180 days. The United States Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones for the state range between zone 3b, no colder than , in the Northeast Kingdom and northern part of the state and zone 5b, no colder than , in the southern part of the state. The state receives between 2,200 and 2,400 hours of sunshine annually. New England as a whole receives a range of less than 2,000 hours of sunshine in part of New Hampshire to as much as 2,600 hours of sunshine per year in Connecticut and Rhode Island.


Climate change

Climate change in Vermont encompasses the effects of climate change, attributed to man-made increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide, in the U.S. state of Vermont. The state is already seeing effects of climate change that affect its ecosystems, economy and public health. According to the Vermont state government, rainfall has significantly increased in the last 50 years, storms and flooding have increased, and winters have become warmer and shorter. These changes have led to significant impacts on both the winter tourism industry, and a decline in critical agricultural and woodland industries like maple sugaring. The state openly acknowledges and is developing programs that respond to global warming. Vermont was one of the first states in the United States to adopt greenhouse gas emissions goals in 2006.


Geology

There are five distinct physiographic regions of Vermont. Categorized by geological and physical attributes, they are the Northeastern Highlands, the Green Mountains, the Taconic Mountains, the Champlain Lowlands, and the Vermont Piedmont. About 500 million years ago, Vermont was part of Laurentia and located in the tropics. The central and southern Green Mountain range include the oldest rocks in Vermont, formed about one billion years ago during the first mountain building period (or orogeny). Subsequently, about years ago, the second mountain building period created Green Mountain peaks that were tall, three to four times their current height and comparable to the Himalayas. The geological pressures that created those peaks remain evident as the Champlain Thrust, running north–south to the west of the mountains (now the eastern shore of Lake Champlain). It is an example of geological fault thrusting where bedrock is pushed over the newer rock formation. As a result of tectonic formation, Vermont east of the Green Mountains tends to be formed from rocks produced in the Silurian and Devonian periods, and western Vermont mainly from the older Pre-Cambrian and Cambrian material. Several large deposits within the state contain granite. The remains of the Chazy Formation can be observed in Isle La Motte, Vermont, Isle La Motte. It was one of the first tropical reefs. It is the site of the limestone Fisk Quarry, which contains a collection of ancient marine fossils, such as Stromatoporoidea, stromatoporoids, that date to years ago. At one point, Vermont is believed to have been connected to Africa (Pangaea); the fossils found and the rock formations found on the coasts in both Africa and America are evidence affirming the Pangaea theory. In the past four centuries, Vermont has experienced a few earthquakes, rarely centered under the state. The highest ranked, in 1952, had a Richter magnitude scale 6.0 and was based in Canada.


Fauna

The state contains 41 species of reptiles and amphibians, 89 species of fish, of which 12 are non native; 193 species of breeding birds, 58 species of mammals, more than 15,000 insect species, and 2,000 higher plant species, plus fungi, algae, and 75 different types of natural communities. Vermont contains one species of venomous snake, the timber rattlesnake, which is confined to a few acres in western Rutland County, Vermont, Rutland County. Wildlife has suffered because of human development of the state. By the mid-19th century, wild turkeys were exterminated in the state through overhunting and destruction of habitat. Sixteen were re-introduced in 1969, and had grown to a flock estimated to number 45,000 in 2009. In 2013, hunters killed 6,968 of these. Since 1970, reduction of farmland has resulted in reduced environment for, and resulted in a decline in numbers of various shrubland birds, including the American woodcock, brown thrasher, eastern towhee, willow flycatcher, golden-winged warbler, blue-winged warbler, field sparrow, and Baltimore oriole. The use of DDT for insect control resulted in ospreys laying eggs that were too thin to support the development of young. This species disappeared from the state. It began to reappear in 1998, when ospreys were observed again locally. As of 2010, they were no longer endangered in the state. From 2008 to 2010, White-nose syndrome killed an estimated two-thirds of all cave-wintering bats in the state. The New England cottontail disappeared from the state in the early 1970s, out-competed by the eastern cottontail rabbit, imported in the 1800s for hunting. It is better able to detect and avoid predators. Out of a total of 33 species of bumblebee, by 2013 the number declined to 19 or 20 species in the state. ''Bombus terricola'' (the yellow-banded bumblebee), although once common in Vermont, has not been seen in most of its range since 1999 and is now absent from the state. For honey bees, colony collapse disorder has affected bee population in the state, as elsewhere. Invasive species included the Asian Drosophila suzukii, spotted-wing drosophila, which started damaging berry crops in 2012. Vermont was the initial point of invasion in New England. Since 2010, the Vermont Department of Health has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct blood serum surveys of the state's deer and moose populations. Tests for eastern equine encephalitis virus antibodies were positive in moose or deer in each of Vermont's counties. In 2012, 12% of deer and 2.4% of moose tested positive.


Flora

Vermont is in the temperate broadleaf and mixed forests biome. Much of the state, in particular the Green Mountains, is covered by the conifers and northern hardwood forest, northern hardwoods of the New England-Acadian forests. The western border with New York and the area around Lake Champlain lies within the Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests. The southwest corner of the state and parts of the Connecticut River are covered by northeastern coastal forests of mixed Quercus, oak. Invasive Lonicera japonica, wild honeysuckle has been deemed a threat to the state's forests, native species of plants, and wildlife. Many of Vermont's rivers, including the Winooski River, have been subjected to man-made barriers to prevent flooding. Climate change appears to be affecting the maple sugar industry. Sugar maples have been subject to stress by acid rain, asian longhorn beetles, and Thripidae, pear thrips. In 2011 the deer herd had grown too large for habitat, and many resorted to eating bark to survive the winter, destroying trees in the process. In addition, the sugar maples need a certain period of cold to produce sap for maple syrup. The time to tap these trees has shrunk to one week in some years. The tree may be replaced by the more aggressive Norway maples, in effect forcing the sugar maples to "migrate" north to Canada.


Demographics


Population

According to the United States Census Bureau, the state of Vermont had a population of 643,503 in the 2020 U.S. census. At the of July 1, 2019 Population Estimates Program, Vermont had an estimated population of 623,989. This included a natural increase of 3,178 (31,716 births minus 28,538 deaths) and a decrease due to net migration of 2,432 people out of the state. In 2006 it had the second lowest birthrate in the nation, 42/1000 women. The center of population of Vermont is located in Washington County, Vermont, Washington County, in the town of Warren, Vermont, Warren. As of 2014, 51.3% of Vermont's population was born in the state (compared with 58.7% for the United States). The changing demographics between those with multi-generational ties to the state and those who are newcomers, bringing different values with them, has resulted in a degree of tension between the two perspectives. This tension is expressed in the terms, "Woodchuck", being applied to those established in the state, and "Flatlander", applied to the newcomers. Vermont is the least populous New England state. As of 2012, Vermont was one of only two states in the U.S. with fewer people than the District of Columbia (
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was the other). From 2010 to 2013, 16 out of Vermont's 251 towns experienced an increase in population. All towns in Chittenden increased with the exception of Burlington. More than 180 towns experienced a decrease, which had not happened since the mid-19th century.


Birth data

''Note: Births in table do not add up, because Hispanics are counted both by their ethnicity and by their race, giving a higher overall number.'' * Since 2016, data for births of White Hispanic and Latino Americans, White Hispanic origin are not collected, but included in one ''Hispanic'' group; persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Of the population, 94.3% of the state identified as Non-Hispanic whites, white not of Hispanic or Latino origin in a 2013 U.S. census estimate. As of the 2010 census, Vermont was the second-whitest state in the U.S. after Maine. It has the List of U.S. states by Hispanic and Latino population, smallest number of Hispanics of any state in the country but not the lowest percentage of Hispanics, which is found in West Virginia. In 2009, 12.6% of people over 15 were divorced. This was the fifth highest percentage in the nation. As of 2008, the median age of Vermonters was 40.6 and that of the work force was 43.7, compared with the national average of 41.1 years. Vermont leads U.S. states with the highest rates of LGBT identification, at 5.3%. Its LGBT population density is second in the U.S. only to the District of Columbia. Following national trends for opioid use, people seeking treatment for opioid addiction in Vermont increased from 650 in 2011 to 7,500 in 2016.


Dialect

Linguists have identified speech patterns found among Vermonters as belonging to Western New England English, a dialect of New England English, which features Rhoticity in English, full pronunciation of all ''r'' sounds, horse–hoarse merger, pronouncing ''horse'' and ''hoarse'' the same, and father–bother merger, pronouncing vowels in ''father'' and ''bother'' the same, none of which are features traditionally shared in neighboring Eastern New England English. Some rural speakers realize the ''t'' as a glottal stop (''mitten'' sounds like "mi'in" and ''Vermont'' like "Vermon' "). A dwindling segment of the Vermont population, generally both rural and male, pronounces certain vowels in a distinctive manner (e.g. ''cows'' with a raised vowel as and ''ride'' with a backed, somewhat rounded vowel as ). Eastern New England English—also found in New Hampshire, Maine and eastern Massachusetts—was common in eastern Vermont in the mid-twentieth century and before, but has become rare.Stanford, James N.; Leddy-Cecere, Thomas A.; Baclawski Jr., Kenneth P. "Farewell To The Founders: Major Dialect Changes Along The East–West New England Border." ''American Speech'' 87.2 (2012): pp. 126–169. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. November 2, 2015. This accent rhoticity in English, drops the ''r'' sound in words ending in ''r'' (''farmer'' sounds like "farm-uh") and Linking and intrusive R#Intrusive R, adds an ''r'' sound to some words ending in a vowel (''idea'' sounds like "idee-er") was common. Those characteristics in eastern Vermont appear to have been inherited from West Country and Ulster Scots people, Scots-Irish ancestors.


Religion

According to the Pew Research Center in 2014, 37% reported no religion, the highest rate of irreligion of all U.S. states. The Pew Research Center also determined the largest religion was Christianity; Catholic Church, Catholics made 22% of the population and Protestantism, Protestants were 30%. In contrast with Southern United States, Southern U.S. trends, the majority of Protestants are Mainline Protestant dominated by Methodism. The United Methodist Church was the largest Mainline Protestant denomination in Vermont, followed by the American Baptist Churches USA and United Church of Christ. Evangelical Protestants were dominated by Independent Baptist, independent Baptist churches. Major non-Christian religions were Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other faiths. The largest non-Christian religious group outside of irreligion were Unitarianism, Unitarians. An estimated 3.1% of the irreligious were Atheism, atheist.


Economy

In 2016, Vermont had a total employment of 262,705, and the total employer establishments were 21,174. In 2019, VermontBiz reported a WalletHub ranking of Vermont 43rd as place to ''start'' a business, citing Vermont as 49th in average growth of small businesses and 50th in the availability of human capital. CNBC ranked Vermont 32nd as a place to ''do'' business in 2018, citing access to capital as the largest impediment. While U.S. News ranked Vermont 37th for "business environment", it ranked it 18th for employment in 2019.''Forbes'' magazine as the 42nd best state in which to do business in 2015, 32nd in 2007, and 30th in 2006. As of 2017, Vermont's gross state product, gross regional domestic product (GDP) was , making it the second smallest among the 50 states. Its per capita GDP was $51,600, ranking it 34th among the states. Components of GSP were: * Government $3 billion (13.4%) * Real estate, rental, and leasing $2.6 billion (11.6%) * Durable goods manufacturing $2.2 billion (9.6%) * Health care and social assistance $2.1 billion (9.4%) * Retail trade $1.9 billion (8.4%) * Financial sector, Finance and insurance $1.3 billion (5.9%) * Construction $1.2 billion (5.5%) * Professional and technical services $1.2 billion (5.5%) * Wholesale trade $1.1 billion (5.1%) * Accommodations and food services $1 billion (4.5%) * Information $958 million (4.2%) * Non-durable goods manufacturing $711 million (3.1%) * Other services $563 million (2.4%) * Utilities $553 million (2.4%) * Educational services $478 million (2.1%) * Transportation and warehousing $484 million (2.1%) * Administrative and waste services $436 million (1.9%) * Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting $375 million (1.6%) * Arts, entertainment, and recreation $194 million (.8%) * Mining $100 million (.4%) * Management of companies $35 million (.2%) Canada was Vermont's largest foreign trade partner in 2007. The state's second-largest foreign trade partner was Taiwan. The state had worth of commerce with Quebec. One measure of economic activity in Vermont is retail sales. The state had in 2007. In 2008, 8,631 new businesses were registered in Vermont, a decline of 500 from 2007.


Personal income

In 2019, the state had a median household income of $61,973. Approximately 10.2% of the population lived at or below the poverty line. The median household income from 2002 to 2004 was $45,692. This was 15th nationally. The median wage in the state in 2008 was $15.31 hourly or $31,845 annually. In 2007 about 80% of the 68,000 Vermonters who qualify for food stamps received them. 40% of seniors 75 years or older live on annual incomes of $21,660 or less. In 2011, 15.2% of Vermonters received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, food stamps. This compares to 14.8% nationally. In 2011, 91,000 seniors received an annual average of $14,000 from Social Security (United States), Social Security. This was 59% of the average senior's income. This contributed $1.7 billion to the state's economy.


Agriculture

Agriculture contributed 2.2% of the state's domestic product in 2000. In 2000 about 3% of the state's working population engaged in agriculture. As of 2014, the Pew Research Center estimated that farms in the state employed fewer than 5,000 Illegal immigration, illegal immigrants. In 2017, Vermont Governor Phil Scott announce that the state was "exploring a legal challenge" to the executive order signed by President Donald Trump for Vermont law enforcement authorities to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and "perform the functions of immigration officers in relation to the investigation, apprehension, or detention of aliens".


Dairy farming

Dairy farming is the primary source of agricultural income. In the second half of the 20th century, developers had plans to build Condominium (housing), condos and houses on what was relatively inexpensive, open land. Vermont's government responded with a series of laws Growth management, controlling development and with some pioneering initiatives to prevent the loss of Vermont's dairy industry. Still, the number of Vermont dairy farms has declined more than 85% from the 11,206 dairy farms operating in 1947. In 2003 there were fewer than 1,500 dairy farms in the state; in 2006 there were 1,138; in 2019 there were 658. The number of dairy farms has been diminishing by 10% annually. 80% of open land is controlled by dairy farms. The number of cattle in Vermont had declined by 40%; however, milk production has doubled in the same period due to tripling the production per cow. While milk production rose, Vermont's market share declined. Within a group of states supplying the Greater Boston, Boston and New York metropolitan area, New York City markets (called "Federal order Class I"), Vermont was third in market share, with 10.6%; New York has 44.9% and Pennsylvania has 32.9%. In 2007 dairy farmers received a record $23.60 for (11.63 gallons at $2.03/gallon) of milk. This dropped in 2008 to $17 ($1.46/gallon). The average dairy farm produced pounds of milk annually in 2008. The dairy barn remains an iconic image of Vermont, but the 87% decrease in active dairy farms between 1947 and 2003 means that preservation of the dairy barns has increasingly become dependent upon a commitment to maintaining a legacy rather than basic need in the agricultural economy. The Vermont Barn Census, organized by a collaboration of educational and nonprofit state and local historic preservation programs, has developed educational and administrative systems for recording the number, condition, and features of barns throughout Vermont. In 2009, there were 543 organic farming, organic farms. Twenty percent of the dairy farms were organic and 23% (128) vegetable farms were organic. Organic farming increased in 2006–07, but leveled off in 2008–09. A significant amount of milk is shipped into the Boston market. Therefore the Commonwealth of
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certifies that Vermont farms meet Massachusetts sanitary standards. Without this certification, a farmer may not sell milk for distribution into the bulk market. In 2019, two-thirds of all milk in New England was produced by Vermont dairies.


Forestry

Forest products have always been a staple to the economy, comprising 1% of the total gross state output and 9% of total manufacturing as of 2013. In 2007, Windham County, Vermont, Windham County contained the largest concentration of kilns for drying lumber east of the
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. The decline of farms has resulted in a regrowth of Vermont's forests due to ecological succession. Today, most of Vermont's forests are Secondary forest, secondary. The state and non-profit organizations are actively encouraging regrowth and careful forest management. Over 78% of the land area of the state is forested compared to only 37% in the 1880s, when sheep farming was at its peak and large amounts of acreage were cleared for grazing. Over 85% of that area is non-industrial, private forestland owned by individuals or families. In 2013, of wood was harvested in Vermont. A large amount of Vermont forest products are exports with being shipped overseas plus an additional to Canada. Most of it was processed within the state. In this century the manufacture of wood products has fallen by almost half. The annual net growth has been estimated at . The United States Department of Agriculture, USDA estimates that remain in the state. Forest products also add to carbon sequestration since lumber and timber used in houses and furniture hold carbon for long periods of time while the trees that were removed are replaced overtime with new growing stock. In 2017, the price of wood products had either plummeted or remained the same when compared to previous decades, which meant there was cause for concern with jobs in the industry. For example, in 1994, the price of a thousand board feet was $300, the same as it was in 2017. The price of wood chips has halved in the same time frame. In 1980, the price for a cord of wood was $50; in 2017, $25. For lack of demand, Vermont's forests are growing twice as fast as they are being cut.


Other

An important and growing part of Vermont's economy is the manufacture and sale of artisan foods, fancy foods, and novelty items trading in part upon the Vermont "brand," which the state manages and defends. Examples of these specialty exports include Cabot Cheese, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Fine Paints of Europe, Vermont Butter and Cheese Company, several Brewing in Vermont, microbreweries, ginseng growers, Burton Snowboards, King Arthur Flour, and Ben & Jerry's, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. As of 2019, Vermont was the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States. There were about 2,000 maple products producers in 2010. Production rose to in 2009. The state's share of the nation's production rose to 42% in 2013. It had the second lowest price at $33.40/gallon. The Vermont wine, wine industry in Vermont started in 1985. As of 2007, there were 14 wineries.


Manufacturing

As of 2015, GlobalFoundries was the largest private employer in the state and provides jobs to 3,000 employees at its plant in the village of Essex Junction, Vermont, Essex Junction within Chittenden County, Vermont, Chittenden County. A 2010 University of Connecticut study reported that Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire tied as the most costly states in the U.S. for manufacturers.


Energy

Vermont has no fossil-fuel reserves, however its forest products industry provides fuel for electricity generation and home heating. Electricity consumption per capita ranks it among the lowest 20% of states, and total electricity consumption was the lowest in the United States. Vermont consumed three times more electricity than it generated in-state in 2019, and imported its largest share of electricity from Canada. Vermont's 99.9% share of in-state electricity generation from renewable sources was the highest among all 50 states.


Health

An increasingly aging population is expected to improve the position of aging services and health care in the state economy. The University of Vermont Medical Center, with approximately 6,400 employees, is the largest employer in the state. In 2010, all of Vermont's hospitals billed patients $3.76 billion, and collected $2 billion. 92,000 people are enrolled in Medicare. In 2011, Medicare spent $740 million on health care in the state.


Housing

In 2007, Vermont was the 17th highest state in the nation for mortgage affordability. However, in 41 other states, inhabitants contributed within plus or minus 4% of Vermont's 18.4% of household income to a mortgage. Because housing prices did not rise much during the early 2000s, the collapse in real estate values was not that precipitous either. While foreclosure rose significantly in 2007, the state stood 50th—the most favorable—in ratio of foreclosure filings to households. While housing sales dropped annually from 2004 to 2008, prices continued to rise. In 2007, Vermont was best in the country for construction of new energy efficient homes as evaluated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under the Energy Star program. However, about 60% of Vermont homes were heated with oil in 2008. In August 2008, the cost in Vermont of various heating sources per BTU ranged from $14.39 for cord wood to $43.50 for kerosene. While the number of houses sold in the state has dropped from 8,318 in 2004 to 8,120 in 2005, 6,919 in 2006, and 5,820 in 2007, the average price has continued to rise to $202,500 in 2008 ($200,000 in 2007). In 2009, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment was $920 per month. Rental vacancy was 5.4%, the lowest in the nation. 2,800 people were counted as homeless in January 2010, 22% more than in 2008. In 2011, Vermont was fifth among the states with the greatest backlog of foreclosures needing court processing, taking an estimated 18 years. The national average was eight years.


Labor

In 2009, the state attained a high of 361,290 workers. As of 2006, there were 305,000 workers in Vermont. Eleven percent of these are unionized. Out of a workforce of 299,200 workers, 52,000 were government jobs, federal, state, and local. A modern high unemployment rate of 9% was reached in June 1976. A modern low of 2.4% was measured in February 2000. As of October 2019, the unemployment rate was 2.2%. Employment grew 7.5% from 2000 to 2006. From 1980 to 2000, employment grew by 3.4%; nationally it was up 4.6%. Real wages were $33,385 in 2006 constant dollars and remained there in 2010; the nation, $36,871.


Insurance

Captive insurance plays an increasingly large role in Vermont's economy. With this form of alternative insurance, large corporations or industry associations form standalone insurance companies to insure their own risks, thereby substantially reducing their insurance premiums and gaining a significant measure of control over types of risks to be covered. There are also significant tax advantages to be gained from the formation and operation of captive insurance companies. According to the Insurance Information Institute, Vermont in 2009 was the world's third-largest domicile for captive insurance companies, following Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. In 2009, there were 560 such companies. In 2010, the state had 900 such companies.


Tourism

Summer camps such as Camp Abenaki, Camp Billings, Camp Dudley, YMCA, Camp Dudley, and Camp Hochelaga contribute to Vermont's tourist economy. In 2005, visitors made an estimated trips to the state, spending . In 2012, fall accounted for $460 million of income, about one-quarter of all tourism. In 2011, the state government earned $274 million in taxes and fees from tourism. 89% of the money came from out-of-state visitors. Tourism supported over 26,000 jobs, 7.2% of total employment. According to the 2000 Census, almost 15% of all housing units in Vermont were vacant and classified "for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use". This was the second highest percentage nationwide, after Maine. In some Vermont cities, vacation homes owned by wealthy residents of
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and New York constitute the bulk of all housing stock. According to one estimate, as of 2009, 84% of all houses in Ludlow (town), Vermont, Ludlow were owned by out-of-state residents. Other notable vacation-home resorts include Manchester and Stowe.


Autumn

Hunting is controlled for American black bear, black bear, wild turkeys, deer, and moose. There are 5,500 bears in the state. The goal is to keep the numbers between 4,500 and 6,000. In 2010, there were about 141,000 deer in the state, which is in range of government goals. However, these are distributed unevenly and when in excess of , negatively impact timber growth. In 2012, hunting of migratory birds was limited to October 13 to December 16. Waterfowl hunting is also controlled by federal law.


Winter

Some of the List of New England ski areas by vertical drop, largest ski areas in New England are located in Vermont. Skiers and snowboarders visit Burke Mountain Ski Area, Bolton Valley, Smugglers' Notch, Killington Ski Resort, Mad River Glen, Stowe Mountain Resort, Cochrans Ski Area, Sugarbush Resort, Sugarbush, Stratton, Vermont, Stratton, Jay Peak Resort, Jay Peak, Okemo Mountain, Okemo, Suicide Six, Mount Snow, Bromley Mountain, Bromley, and Magic Mountain Ski Area. Summer visitors tour resort towns like Stowe, Vermont, Stowe, Manchester, Vermont, Manchester, Quechee, Vermont, Quechee, Wilmington, Vermont, Wilmington and Woodstock, Vermont, Woodstock. The effects of global warming have been predicted to shorten the length of the ski season across Vermont, which would continue the contraction and consolidation of the Ski Resorts in Vermont, ski industry in Vermont and threaten individual ski businesses and communities that rely on ski tourism. In winter, Nordic and backcountry skiers visit to travel the length of the state on the Catamount Trail. Several horse shows are annual events. Vermont's state parks, historic sites, museums, golf courses, and new boutique hotels with spas were designed to attract tourists. In 2000–01, there were 4,579,719 skier and snowboarder visits to the state. There were 4,125,082 visits in 2009–2010, a rise from recent years. In 2008, there were 35,000 members of 138 snowmobiling clubs in Vermont. The combined association of clubs maintains of trail often over private lands. The industry is said to generate "hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business."


Quarrying

The towns of Rutland (town), Vermont, Rutland and Barre (town), Vermont, Barre are the traditional centers of marble and granite quarrying and carving in the U.S. For many years Vermont was also the headquarters of the smallest union in the U.S., the Stonecutters Association, of about 500 members. The first marble quarry in America was on Mount Aeolus (Vermont), Mount Aeolus overlooking East Dorset, Vermont, East Dorset. The granite industry attracted numerous skilled stonecutters in the late 19th century from Italy, Scotland, and Ireland. Barre is the location of the Rock of Ages Corporation, Rock of Ages quarry, the largest dimension stone granite quarry in the United States. Vermont is the largest producer of slate in the country. The highest quarrying revenues result from the production of dimension stone. The Rock of Ages quarry in Barre (town), Vermont, Barre is one of the leading exporters of granite in the country. The work of the sculptors of this corporation can be seen down the road at the Hope Cemetery, where there are gravestones and mausoleums.


Non-profits and volunteerism

There were 2,682 non-profit organizations in Vermont in 2008, with in revenue. The state ranked ninth in the country for volunteerism for the period 2005–08. 35.6% of the population volunteered during this period. The national average was 26.4%.


Education

Vermont was named the nation's smartest state in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, there was a gap between state testing standards and national, which is biased in favor of the state standards by 30%, on average. This puts Vermont 11th-best in the nation. Most states have a higher bias. However, when allowance for race is considered, a 2007 U.S. Government list of test scores shows Vermont white fourth graders performed 25th in the nation for reading (229) and 26th for math (247). White eighth graders scored 18th for math (292) and 12th for reading (273). The first three scores were not considered statistically different from average. White eighth graders scored significantly above average in reading. Statistics for black students were not reliable because of their small representation in the testing. In 2017, spending $1.6 billion on education for 76,000 public school children, represents more than $21,000 per student. ''Education Week'' ranked the state second in high school graduation rates for 2007. In 2011, 91% of the population had graduated from high school compared with 85% nationally. Almost 34% have at least an undergraduate degree compared with 28% nationally. In 2013, the ratio of pupils to teachers was the lowest in the country.


Higher education

Experimentation at the University of Vermont by George Perkins Marsh, and later the influence of Vermont-born philosopher and educator John Dewey brought about the concepts of electives and learning by doing. Vermont has five colleges within the Vermont State Colleges system, University of Vermont, University of Vermont (UVM), and thirteen other private, degree-granting colleges, including Bennington College, Champlain College, Goddard College, Marlboro College, Middlebury College, Saint Michael's College, the Vermont Law School, and Norwich University.


Transportation

Vermont's main mode of travel is by automobile. 5.7% of Vermont households did not own a car in 2008. In 2012, there were 605,000 motor vehicles registered, nearly one car for every person in the state. This is similar to average car ownership nationwide. In 2012, about half the carbon emissions in the state resulted from vehicles. In 2007, Vermont was ranked the third safest state for highway fatalities. One third of these fatal crashes involved a drunken driver. On average, 20–25 people die each year from drunk driving incidents, and 70–80 people are in fatal car crashes in the state. In northern Vermont particularly, moose are not uncommon, including in urban areas. They constitute a traffic threat since they are unaware of vehicles. There are several deaths each year from automobiles striking moose. In 2009, 93% of Vermont motorists were insured, tying the state with Pennsylvania for the highest percentage. In 2008, Vermont was the fifth best state for fewest uninsured motorists—6%. In 2010, Vermont owned of highway. This was the third smallest quantity among the 50 states. 2.5% of the highways were listed as "congested," the 5th lowest in the country. The highway fatality rate was one per , tenth lowest in the nation. The highways cost to maintain, the 17th highest in the states. 34.4% of its bridges were rated deficient or obsolete, the 8th worst in the nation. Individual communities and counties have public transit, but their breadth of coverage is frequently limited. Greyhound Lines services a number of small towns. Two Amtrak trains serve Vermont, the Vermonter (train), ''Vermonter'' and the ''Ethan Allen Express''. In early 2011, Amtrak evaluated the track used by the ''Ethan Allen Express'' between Rutland and Whitehall as the worst in the nation, but subsequent improvements to the track later in 2011 vastly improved its performance going forward. Trucks weighing less than can use Vermont's interstate highways. The limit for state roads is . This means that vehicles too heavy for the interstates can legally use only secondary roads. In 1968, Vermont outlawed the use of billboards for advertisement along its roads. It is one of four states in the U.S. to have done this, along with Hawaii, Maine, and Alaska.


Major routes

The state has of highways under its control. Three Interstate highways and five U.S. highways enter Vermont, in addition to its own state highway network.


North–south routes

* Interstate 89 runs a northwest–southeast path through Vermont, beginning in White River Junction, Vermont, White River Junction and heading northwest to serve the cities of Montpelier, , and St. Albans (city), Vermont, St. Albans en route to the Canada–U.S. border. I-89 intersects I-91 in White River Junction and has a short spur route, Interstate 189, just outside of Burlington. * Interstate 91 runs a north–south path from the Massachusetts state line to the Canada–U.S. border, connecting the towns of Brattleboro, Vermont, Brattleboro, White River Junction, Vermont, White River Junction, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, St. Johnsbury, and the city of Newport (city), Vermont, Newport. I-91 intersects I-89 in White River Junction, and I-93 in St. Johnsbury. * Interstate 93 runs a short, distance from the New Hampshire state line to its northern terminus in St. Johnsbury, where it intersects I-91. I-93 connects the Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont with the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, and points south. * U.S. Route 5 runs a north–south path in eastern Vermont from the Massachusetts state line to the Canada-U.S. border. U.S. Route5 is a surface road that runs parallel to I-91 for its entire length in the state, and serves nearly all the same towns. The two routes also parallel the New Hampshire state line between Brattleboro and St. Johnsbury. * U.S. Route 7 runs a north–south path in western Vermont from the Massachusetts state line to the Canada-U.S. border. U.S. Route7 connects the cities and towns of Bennington, Vermont, Bennington, Rutland (city), Vermont, Rutland, Middlebury, Vermont, Middlebury, , and St. Albans (city), Vermont, St. Albans. Between Bennington and Dorset, U.S. Route7 runs as a two-lane expressway, Super2 freeway. It also parallels I-89 between Burlington and the Canada–U.S. border. * Vermont Route 100 runs a north–south path directly through the center of the state, along the length of the Green Mountains. VT Route 100 generally parallels both U.S. Route5 (which runs to its east) and U.S. Route7 (which runs to its west). Many of the state's major ski areas are located either directly on, or very close to, VT Route 100. The largest town by population along VT Route 100 is Morristown, Vermont, Morristown. * Vermont Route 30 is a 111.870-mile-long north–south road that runs from Brattleboro, Vermont, Brattleboro to Middlebury, Vermont, Middlebury. Vermont Route 30 runs through the state's historic West River Valley, where it passes through the colonial towns of Newfane, Townshend, West Townshend, East Jamaica, Jamaica, Rawsonville and Bondville.


East–west routes

* U.S. Route 2 runs a generally east–west path across central and northern Vermont, from Alburgh, Vermont, Alburgh (on the New York state line) to Guildhall, Vermont, Guildhall (on the New Hampshire state line). U.S. Route2 connects the Lake Champlain Islands and the Northeast Kingdom to the population centers of Burlington, Montpelier, and St. Johnsbury. U.S. Route2 runs parallel to I-89 between Colchester, Vermont, Colchester and Montpelier. Although the portion of the road from Alburgh to Burlington follows a north–south orientation, U.S. Route2 in Vermont is entirely signed as east–west. * U.S. Route 4 runs east–west across south-central Vermont from Fair Haven, Vermont, Fair Haven (on the New York state line) to White River Junction (on the New Hampshire state line). U.S. Route4 also connects the city of Rutland and the towns of Killington, Vermont, Killington and Woodstock, Vermont, Woodstock. Between Fair Haven and Rutland, U.S. Route4 runs as a four-lane freeway that is mostly up to Interstate design standards. * U.S. Route 302 runs an east–west path from its western terminus in Montpelier to the village of Wells River, Vermont, Wells River, where it intersects both I-91 and U.S. Route 5, and then crosses into New Hampshire. U.S. Route 302 is one of the main roads connecting Montpelier and Barre (city), Vermont, Barre in central Vermont. * Vermont Route 9 runs an east–west path across the southern part of the state. VT Route9 connects the towns of Bennington, Wilmington, Vermont, Wilmington, and Brattleboro. * Vermont Route 105 runs a generally east–west path across the northernmost parts of Vermont (sometimes within a few miles of the Canada–U.S. border) from St. Albans to Bloomfield, Vermont, Bloomfield (on the New Hampshire state line). VT Route 105 ultimately connects the cities of St. Albans and Newport. A 2005–06 study ranked Vermont 37th out of the states for "cost-effective road maintenance", a decline of thirteen places since 2004–05. Federal data indicates that 16% of Vermont's 2,691 bridges had been rated structurally deficient by the state in 2006. In 2007 Vermont had the sixth worst percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the country.


Rail

The state is served by Amtrak's ''Vermonter (train), Vermonter'' and ''Ethan Allen Express'', the New England Central Railroad, the Vermont Railway, and the Green Mountain Railroad. The ''Ethan Allen Express'' serves Castleton station (Vermont), Castleton and Rutland station, Rutland, while the ''Vermonter'' serves St. Albans station (Vermont), St. Albans, Essex Junction station, Essex Junction, Waterbury station (Vermont), Waterbury, Montpelier station (Vermont), Montpelier, Randolph station, Randolph, White River Junction station, White River Junction, Windsor-Mt. Ascutney station, Windsor, Bellows Falls station, Bellows Falls, and Union Station (Brattleboro, Vermont), Brattleboro.


Bus

None as of now


Intercity

Greyhound Lines stops at Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, and White River Junction. Megabus (North America), Megabus, as of November 2014, stops in Burlington and Montpelier. Vermont Translines, an intercity bus company started by Premier Coach in 2013 partnering with Greyhound and starting service on June 9, 2014, serves Milton, Colchester, Burlington, Middlebury, Brandon, Rutland, Wallingford, Manchester and Bennington on its Burlington to
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Local

Other transportation includes: * Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) services Addison County, Vermont, Addison County, including the college town of Middlebury, Vermont, Middlebury, Bristol, Vermont, Bristol, and Vergennes, Vermont, Vergennes. * Bennington County, Vermont, Bennington County has the Green Mountain Community Network (GMCN) out of Bennington, Vermont, Bennington. * Brattleboro, Vermont, Brattleboro in Windham County, Vermont, Windham County is served by the BeeLine (Brattleboro Town Bus), which is part of Connecticut River Transit ("the Current"). Southern Windham County, Vermont, Windham County and southern Bennington County is served, out of West Dover, by the Deerfield Valley Transit Association, MOOver (Southeast Vermont Transit or SEVT, formerly the Deerfield Valley Transit Association or DVTA). * Burlington has Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) and CATS (University of Vermont Campus Area Transportation System). * Colchester in Chittenden County is serviced by the SSTA (Special Services Transportation Agency). * Rutland County has "the Bus" (Marble Valley Regional Transit District, MVRTD) out of Rutland. * Windsor County: ** Ludlow (in Windsor County) is served by the LMTS (Ludlow Municipal Transit System). ** Connecticut River Transit, The Current (CRT) division of Southeast Vermont Transit (SEVT), out of Rockingham, Vermont, Rockingham, serves parts of Windham and Windsor County. ** In parts of Windsor County, Vermont, Windsor County, including Norwich, Vermont, Norwich and Hartford, Vermont, Hartford, as well as in White River Junction, Vermont, White River Junction and in parts of New Hampshire there is a free public transportation service called Advance Transit. It has routes and many different lines all throughout the Upper Valley (Connecticut River), Upper Valley region. * Stowe, Vermont, Stowe in Lamoille County, Vermont, Lamoille County is serviced by STS (Stowe Trolley System, Village Mountain Shuttle, Morrisville Shuttle). * Stagecoach Transportation Services (STS) out of Randolph, Vermont, Randolph in Orange County, Vermont, Orange County also serves parts of Windsor County. * In Washington County, Vermont, Washington County, the Green Mountain Transit Authority (GMTA) runs out of the capital city, Montpelier. * The Network (Northwest Vermont Public Transit Network, NVPT) running out of Saint Albans, Vermont, Saint Albans services Franklin County, Vermont, Franklin and Grand Isle County, Vermont, Grand Isle counties. * Rural Community Transportation (RCT) runs out of Saint Johnsbury and services Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille and Orleans Counties. There is a shuttle bus linking the various local networks.


Ferry

There is a year-round ferry service to and from New York State across Lake Champlain from Burlington, Charlotte, Grand Isle, Vermont, Grand Isle, and Shoreham, Vermont, Shoreham. All but the Shoreham ferry are operated by the LCTC (Lake Champlain Transportation Company).


Airports

* Burlington International Airport is the largest in the state, with regular flights to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare, Chicago, Denver International Airport, Denver, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Detroit, Washington Dulles Airport, Washington Dulles, JFK Airport, JFK, LaGuardia Airport, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, Orlando Sanford International Airport, Orlando, and Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia. Airlines serving the airport include: American Airlines, American, Delta Air Lines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Frontier, JetBlue, and United Airlines, United. This is also the airport where the 134th fighter squadron of the 158th fighter wing is located. Known as the "
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Media


Newspapers of record

Vermont statute requires the Vermont Secretary of State to designate newspapers that provide general coverage across the state as the "Newspapers of Record." This is the list, as of 2019: * ''Addison County Independent, Addison Independent'' * ''Bennington Banner'' * ''Brattleboro Reformer'' * ''Burlington Free Press'' * ''Caledonian Record'' * ''The Chronicle (Barton, Vermont), The Chronicle'' * ''Islander'' * ''Newport Daily Express'' * ''News & Citizen'' / ''The Transcript'' * ''Rutland Herald'' * ''Seven Days (newspaper), Seven Days'' * ''St. Albans Messenger'' * ''Barre Montpelier Times Argus, Times Argus'' * ''Valley News'' * ''Vermont Lawyer'' * ''White River Valley Herald'' (a.k.a. ''Herald of Randolph'')


Broadcast media

Vermont hosts 93 radio broadcast stations. The top categories are talk/information (11), country (9) and classic rock (9). The top owner of radio broadcast stations is Vermont Public Radio (11 broadcast frequencies and 13 low-power, local transmitters). Other companies had five or fewer stations. The state has 15 online radio stations. Vermont hosts 10 high-power television broadcast stations, three of which are satellites of a primary station. Represented are the following networks and number of high-power transmitters, American Broadcasting Company, ABC (1), CBS (1), Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox (1), NBC (2), Public Broadcasting Service, PBS (4), and Retro Television Network, RTV (1). In addition, it has 17 low-power television broadcast stations, which in several cases are satellites of the high-power stations.


Utilities


Electricity

2008 peak demand in the state was 1,100 megawatts (MW). In May 2009, Vermont created the first state-wide renewable energy Feed-in tariff, feed-in law. In 2010, there were about 150 methane digesters in the nation, Vermont led the nation with six online. While Vermont paid the lowest rates in New England for power in 2007, it is still ranked among the highest eleven states in the nation; that is, about 16% higher than the national average. In 2009, the state paid the highest rates for energy (including heating) in the U.S. and had the worst affordability gap nationwide. In 2009, the state received one-third (400 MW) of its power from Hydro-Québec and one-third from Vermont Yankee. In total, the state got half its power from Canada and other states. It received 75% of the power it generated in the state from Vermont Yankee. The state is part of the Northeast Power Coordinating Council for the distribution of electricity. The state's largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power Corporation, serves 80% of Vermont households. The state has 78 hydropower dams. They generate 143 MW, about 12% of the state's total requirement. Vermont experts estimate that the state has the capacity to ultimately generate from 134 to 175 megawatts of electricity from hydro power. In 2006, the total summer generating capacity of Vermont was 1,117 megawatts. In 2005, the inhabitants of the state used an average of of electricity per capita. Another source says that each household consumed annually in 2008. Until the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant was shut down in 2014, Vermont had the highest rate of nuclear-generated power in the nation, 73.7%. Vermont is one of two states with no coal-fired power plants. All Vermont utilities get their power from lines run by ISO New England. Each utility pays a share of transmitting power over these lines. Vermont's share is about 4.5%.


Communication

A 2013 survey found that of of roads surveyed, all but 3,118 mi had cellular coverage by at least one carrier. The roads surveyed are concentrated in the more heavily populated areas. A June 2013 survey found that of nearly 249,976 addresses surveyed, 84.7% had fixed (as opposed to mobile) broadband available. It was projected that all but 29 addresses would have fixed broadband available by the end of 2013.


Public health

In 2010, Vermont was the sixth highest ranked state for Well-Being in a study by Gallup and Healthways. In 2010, the state stood third in physical well-being of children. In 2010, Vermont was ranked the highest in the country for health outcomes. In 2000, the state implemented the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program to improve preventive services and management of chronic conditions. In 2011, the state ranked third in the nation in child health system performance. In 2011, the March of Dimes gave Vermont an "A," ranking it number one in the country on its Prematurity Report Card. In 2008, Vermont was ranked number one in the nation as the healthiest place to live for the seventh time in eight years. Criteria included low teenage birth rate, strong health coverage, the lowest AIDS rate in the country, and 18 other factors. The state scored well in cessation of smoking, obesity, fewer occupational fatalities, prevalence of health insurance, and low infant mortality. A problem area was a high prevalence of binge drinking. While ranking sixth from best for adults in obesity in 2009, the state still had 22% obese with a rate of 27% for children 10–17. The ranking for children was ninth best in the nation. In 1993, the obesity rate for adults was 12%. Vermonters spend annually in medical costs related to obesity. The combined figures for overweight and obese adults rose from 40.7% in 1990 to 58.4% in 2010. This is better than most other states. In 2011, Vermont led the nation in the rate of young people who had consumed alcohol in the past month; one-third of people aged 11 through 20. One-fifth of that group had binged during that time. The state was second for the use of marijuana by young people; 30% of adults 18 to 25 in the past month. In 2009, Vermont was ranked second in the nation for safety. Crime statistics on violence were used for the criteria. In 2007, Vermont was ranked among the best five states in the country for preventing "premature death" in people under 75 years of age. The rate of survival was twice that of the five lowest performing states. Parts of the state have been declared federal disaster areas on 28 occasions from 1963 to 2008. In 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency cited Chittenden and Bennington as counties with 70 parts per billion of smog which is undesirable. In 2008, about 100,000 Vermonters got their health care through the federal government, Medicare (United States), Medicare, TRICARE, Tri-Care, and the Veteran's Administration. An additional 10,000 Vermonters work for employers who provide insurance under federal law under ERISA#Health benefit plans, ERISA. About 20% of Vermonters receive health care outside of Vermont; 20% of the care provided within the state is to non-Vermonters. In 2008, the state had an estimated 7.6% with no medical insurance, down from 9.8% in 2005. In 2008, the Vermont Health Access Program for low-income, uninsured adults cost from $7 to $49 per month. A "Catamount Health" premium assistance program was available for Vermonters who do not qualify for other programs. Total monthly premiums ranged from $60 to $393 for an individual. There was a $250 deductible. Insured paid $10 toward each generic prescription. 16.9% of residents 18 to 35 were uninsured, the highest group. Health care spending increased from in 2000 to in 2009. In 2009, adult day care services cost more in Vermont than any other state—$150 daily. The state started air drops of rabies vaccine, rabies bait for raccoons in 1997. Known rabies cases in raccoons peaked in 2007 at 165. The program is in cooperation with neighboring states and Canada.


Law and government

Vermont is federally represented in the United States Congress by two senators and one representative. The state is governed by a Vermont Constitution, constitution which divides governmental duties into legislative, executive and judicial branches: the Vermont General Assembly, the governor of Vermont and the Vermont Supreme Court. The governorship and the General Assembly serve two-year terms including the governor and 30 senators. There are no term limits in the United States, term limits for any office. The state capital is in Montpelier. There are three types of incorporated municipalities in Vermont: towns, cities, and villages. Like most of New England, there is slight provision for autonomous county government. Counties and county seats are merely convenient repositories for various government services such as state courts, with several elected officers such as a state's Attorney and sheriff. All county services are directly funded by the state of Vermont. The next effective governmental level below state government are municipalities. Most of these are towns.


Finances and taxation

Vermont is the only state in the union not to have a balanced-budget requirement, yet it has had a balanced budget every year since 1991. In 2007 Moody's Investors Service, Moody's gave its top bond credit rating (Aaa) to the state. The state uses enterprise funds for operations that are similar to private business enterprises. The Vermont Lottery Commission, the Liquor Control Fund, and the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, are the largest of the State's enterprise funds. In 2007, Vermont was the 14th highest out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for state and local taxation, with a per capita load of $3,681. The national average was $3,447. However, CNNMoney ranked Vermont highest in the nation based on the percentage of per capita income. The rankings showed Vermont had a per capita tax load of $5,387, 14.1% of the per capita income of $38,306. Vermont collects a State income tax, state personal income tax in a Progressive tax, progressive structure of five different income brackets, with marginal tax rates ranging from 3.6% to 9.5%. In 2008, the top 1% of Vermont residents provided 30% of the income tax revenue; around 2,000 people had sufficient income to be taxed at the highest marginal rate of 9.5%. Vermont's general Sales taxes in the United States, state sales tax rate is 6%, which is imposed on sales of tangible personal property, amusement charges, fabrication charges, some public utility charges and some service contracts. Some towns and cities impose an additional 1% Local Option Tax. There are 46 Tax exemption, exemptions from the sales tax, including exemptions for food, medical items, manufacturing machinery, equipment and fuel, residential fuel and electricity, clothing, and shoes. A use tax is imposed on the buyer at the same rate as the sales tax. The buyer pays the use tax when the seller fails to collect the sales tax or the items are purchased from a source where no tax is collected. The use tax applies to items taxable under the sales tax. Vermont does not collect inheritance taxes, but does impose a Estate tax in the United States, state estate tax; a Vermont estate Tax return (United States), tax return must be filed if the Estate (law), estate must file a federal estate tax return (the requirement for which depends on federal law).Major Vermont Taxes
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Property taxes are based on appraisal of the fair market value of real property. Rates vary from 0.97% on homesteaded property in Ferdinand, Essex County, to 2.72% on nonresidents' property in Barre City. Statewide, towns average 1.77% to 1.82% tax rate. In 2007, Vermont counties were among the highest in the country for property taxes. Chittenden ($3,809 median), Windham ($3,412), Addison ($3,352), and Windsor ($3,327) ranked in the top 100, out of 1,817 counties in the nation with populations greater than 20,000. Twelve of the state's 14 counties stood in the top 20%. Median annual property taxes as a percentage of median homeowners income, 5.4%, was rated as the third highest in the nation in 2011. To equitably support education, some towns are required by Act 60 (Vermont law), Act 60 to send some of their collected taxes to be redistributed to school districts lacking adequate support.


Politics

Vermont is one of four states that were once Republic of Vermont, independent nations (Texas, California, and Hawaii are the others). Notably, Vermont is the only state to have voted for a presidential candidate from the Anti-Masonic Party, and Vermont was one of only two states to vote against Franklin D. Roosevelt in all four of his presidential campaigns (the other was Maine). Vermont's history of independent political thought has led to movements for the establishment of the Second Vermont Republic and other plans advocating secession. Vermont is the only state in the United States that requires voters to be sworn in, having established the voter's oath or affirmation in 1777.


State politics

Republican Party (United States), Republicans dominated local Vermont politics from the party's founding in 1854 until the mid-1970s. Before the 1960s, rural interests dominated the legislature. As a result, cities, particularly the older sections of Burlington and Winooski, were neglected and fell into decay, and people began to move out to newer suburbs. Vermont was for many years a stronghold of the Republican Party. Ethno-political culture of the last century has seen a dramatic shift in voter turnout in the Green Mountain State. Since 1992, Vermont has voted for the Democratic Party (United States), Democrat in every Presidential election. Before 1992, Vermont voted for the Republican in every single Presidential election, with the exception of 1964. A series of one man, one vote decisions made by the United States Supreme Court in the 1960s required states to redraw their legislative districts to accurately reflect population. As a result, urban areas in Vermont gained political power. The legislature was redistricted under one-person, one-vote in the 1960s. It passed the Land Use and Development Law (Act 250 (Vermont law), Act 250) in 1970, to discourage suburban sprawl and to limit major growth to already developed areas. The law, the first of its kind in the nation, created nine District Environmental Commissions appointed by the Governor, who judged land development and subdivision plans that would have a significant impact on the state's environment and many small communities. As a result of Act 250, Vermont was the last state to get a Wal-Mart (there are now six Wal-Marts in the state, as of November 2017, but only three — in Williston, St. Albans, and Derby — were newly built from the ground up). Because of the successful attempts to dilute what is perceived as the original intent of Act 250, and other development pressures, Vermont has been designated one of America's most "endangered historic places" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1995, the state banned the spreading of manure from December 15 to April 1, to prevent run-off and protect the water. Therefore, farms must have environmentally approved facilities to store manure during this time frame. While the state voted largely Democratic, Republican Governor Douglas won all counties but Windham in the 2006 election. A controversy dating from 1999 has been over the adoption of
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s, an institution which grants same-sex couples nearly all the rights and privileges of marriage at the state, but not federal, level. In ''Baker v. Vermont'' (1999), the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that, under the Constitution of Vermont, the state must either allow same-sex marriage or provide a "separate but equal, separate, but equal" status for them. The state legislature chose the second option, by creating the institution of
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; the bill was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Howard Dean. In April 2009, the state legislature overrode governor Jim Douglas's veto to allow same-sex marriage, becoming the first state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage through legislation. In September 2009, Vermont became the fourth state in which same-sex couples could marry. The previous three were Same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Same-sex marriage in Connecticut, Connecticut, and Same-sex marriage in Iowa, Iowa. In 2007, the state's House of Representatives rejected a measure which would have legalized Assisted suicide in the United States, assisted suicide for the terminally ill, by a vote of 82–63. With the governor's signature on May 20, 2013, Vermont became the fourth state to pass a "death with dignity" law — the first to be passed through legislation, rather than by ballot initiative. Minor parties and independents flourish. Rules which eliminate smaller parties from the ballot in most states do not exist in Vermont. As a result, voters often have extensive choices for general elections. Among others, this more open policy enabled independents like Bernie Sanders to win election as mayor of Burlington, as a U.S. Congressman, and as a U.S. Senator. A political issue has been Act 60 (Vermont law), Act 60, which balances taxation for education funding. This has resulted in the town of Killington, Vermont secession movement, Killington trying to secede from Vermont and join
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, due to what the locals say is an unfair tax burden. The Vermont constitution and the courts supports the right of a person to walk (fish and hunt) on any unposted, unfenced land. That is, trespass must be proven by the owner; it is not automatically assumed. Vermont has some of the Gun laws in Vermont, least restrictive gun control laws in the country. A permit or license is not required for purchasing or carrying firearms. Concealed carry in the United States, Concealed carry and Open carry in the United States, open carry of a firearm is legal over the age of 16, with those below 16 requiring parental permission. Vermont has a pro-sanctuary city law. The state is an alcoholic beverage control state. In 2007, through the Vermont Department of Liquor Control, it took in over $14 million from the sale and distribution of liquor. In 2013, Vermont became the 17th state to decriminalize marijuana. The statute makes possession of less than an ounce of the drug punishable by a small fine, rather than arrest and possible jail time. In 2014, Vermont became the first state to call for a Second Constitutional Convention of the United States, constitutional convention to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in ''Citizens United v. FEC''. In 2014, Vermont became the first state to mandate labeling of genetically modified organisms in the retail food supply. In January 2018, Governor Phil Scott opted to sign H.511, the Vermont marijuana legalization bill, which allows adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to two mature plants starting July 1, 2018.


Federal politics

Historically, Vermont was considered one of the most reliably Republican Party (United States), Republican states in the country in terms of national elections. From 1856 United States presidential election in Vermont, 1856 to 1988 United States presidential election in Vermont, 1988, Vermont voted Democratic Party (United States), Democratic only once, in Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 United States presidential election in Vermont, landslide victory of 1964 against Barry M. Goldwater. It was also one of only two states—As Maine goes, so goes Vermont, Maine is the other—where Franklin D. Roosevelt was completely shut out in all four of his presidential bids. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Republican presidential candidates frequently won the state with over 70% of the vote. In the 1980s and 1990s, many people moved in from out of state. Much of this immigration included the arrival of more liberal political influences of the urban areas of New York and the rest of New England in Vermont. The brand of Republicanism in Vermont has historically been a moderate one, and combined with the newcomers from out of state, this made Vermont friendlier to Democrats as the national GOP moved to the right. As evidence of this, in 1990 Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, was elected to Vermont's Vermont's At-large congressional district, lone seat in the House as an independent. Sanders became the state's junior Senator in 2007. However, for his entire career in the House and Senate, Sanders has caucused with the Democrats and is counted as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments and voting for party leadership. After narrowly supporting George H. W. Bush in 1988 United States presidential election in Vermont, 1988, it gave Democrat Bill Clinton a 16-point margin in 1992 United States presidential election in Vermont, 1992—the first time the state had gone Democratic since 1964. Vermont has voted Democratic in every presidential election since. Since 2004 United States presidential election in Vermont, 2004, Vermont has been one of the Democrats' most loyal states. It gave John Kerry his fourth-largest margin of victory in the presidential campaign against George W. Bush; he won the state's popular vote by 20 percentage points, taking almost 59% of the vote. (Kerry, from neighboring
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, also became the first Northern Democrat ever to carry Vermont; Johnson was from Texas, Clinton from Arkansas and Al Gore, triumphant in the Green Mountain State in 2000, from Tennessee.) Essex County, Vermont, Essex County in the state's northeastern section was the only county to vote for Bush. Vermont is the only state that did not receive a visit from George W. Bush during his tenure as President of the United States. Indeed, George W. Bush and Donald Trump are the only Republicans to win the White House without carrying Vermont. In United States presidential election in Vermont, 2008, 2008, Vermont gave Barack Obama his third-largest margin of victory (37 percentage points) and third-largest vote share in the nation by his winning the state 68% to 31%. Only Obama's birth state of Hawaii and Washington, D.C. were stronger Democratic victories. The same held true in United States presidential election in Vermont, 2012, 2012, when Obama carried Vermont 67% of the vote to 31% for Mitt Romney, Romney, and in United States presidential election in Vermont, 2016, 2016, when Hillary Clinton won with 57% of the vote to 30% for Donald Trump. Vermont's two Senators are Democrat Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving member of the Senate, and independent Bernie Sanders. The state is represented by an at-large member of the House, Democrat Peter Welch, who succeeded Sanders in 2007.


Culture

Vermont festivals include the Vermont Maple Festival, Festival on the Green, The Vermont Dairy Festival in Enosburg Falls, the Apple Festival (held each Columbus Day Weekend), the Marlboro Music School and Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Vermont Brewers Festival. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is supported by the state and performs throughout the area. Since 1973 the Sage City Symphony, formed by composer Louis Calabro, has performed in the Bennington area. In 1988 a number of Vermont-based composers including Gwyneth Walker formed the Vermont Composers Consortium, which was recognized by the governor proclaiming 2011 as ''The Year of the Composer''. Burlington, Vermont's largest city, hosts the annual Vermont International Film Festival, which presents ten days in October of independent films. The Brattleboro, Vermont, Brattleboro-based Vermont Theatre Company presents an annual summer Shakespeare festival. Brattleboro also hosts the summertime Strolling of the Heifers parade which celebrates Vermont's dairy culture. The annual Green Mountain Film Festival is held in Montpelier. In the Northeast Kingdom, the Bread and Puppet Theatre holds weekly shows in Glover in a natural outdoor amphitheater. One of Vermont's best known musical acts is the rock band Phish, whose members met while attending school in Vermont and spent much of their early years playing at venues across the state. The Vermont-based House of LeMay performs several shows a year, hosts the annual "Winter is a Drag Ball," and performs for fundraisers. Amber LeMay, founder of the House of LeMay, hosts the Vermont based drag queen comedy talk show, Amber Live!. Examples of folk art found in Vermont include the Vermontasaurus in Thetford, Vermont, Post Mills, a community in Thetford. The rate of volunteerism in Vermont was eighth in the nation with 37% in 2007. The state stood first in New England. In 2011 Vermont residents were ranked as the healthiest in the country. Also in 2011, Vermont was ranked as the fourth most peaceful state in the United States. In 2011 Vermont residents were ranked as the sixth most fit/leanest in the country. Vermonters were the second most active citizens of state with 55.9% meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's physical activity requirements. Vermont was ranked as the 12th happiest state in the country.


Sports


Winter sports

Winter sports are popular in New England, and Vermont's winter sports attractions are a big part of Vermont tourism. Some well known attractions include Burke Mountain (Vermont), Burke Mountain ski area, Jay Peak Resort, Killington Ski Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, the Quechee Club Ski Area, and Smugglers' Notch Resort. Vermont natives in the snowboarding profession include Kevin Pearce (snowboarder), Kevin Pearce, Ross Powers, Hannah Teter, and Kelly Clark. Others learned snowboarding in the state, such as Louie Vito and Ellery Hollingsworth (snowboarder), Ellery Hollingsworth. Vermont Olympic gold medalists include Barbara Cochran, Hannah Kearney, Kelly Clark, Ross Powers, and Hannah Teter.


Baseball

The largest professional franchise is the Vermont Lake Monsters of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, based in . They were named the Vermont Expos before 2006. Up until the 2011 season, they were the affiliate of the Washington Nationals (formerly the Montreal Expos). Up until 2020 in baseball, 2020, they played in the New York-Penn League of Single-A and were the Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics


Basketball

Currently the highest-ranked teams in basketball representing Vermont are the NCAA's Vermont Catamounts—male and female. The Vermont Frost Heaves, the 2007 and 2008 American Basketball Association national champions, were a franchise of the Premier Basketball League, and were based in Barre (city), Vermont, Barre and from the fall of 2006 through the winter of 2011.


Football

The Vermont Bucks, an Indoor American football, indoor football team, were based in and began play in 2017 as the founding team in the Can-Am Indoor Football League. For 2018, the Bucks joined the American Arena League, but folded prior to playing in the new league.


Hockey

Vermont is home to the University of Vermont Vermont Catamounts men's ice hockey, Men's and Vermont Catamounts women's ice hockey, Women's hockey teams. Vermont's only professional hockey team was the Vermont Wild who played in the Federal Hockey League during the 2011–12 season, but the team folded before the season ended.


Soccer

The Vermont Voltage were a USL Premier Development League soccer club that played in St. Albans (city), Vermont, St. Albans. Annually since 2002, high school statewide all stars compete against New Hampshire in ten sports during "Twin State" playoffs.


Motorsport

Vermont also has a few auto racing venues. The most popular of them is Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre (town), Vermont, Barre, Vermont. It is well known for its tight racing and has become well known in short track stock car racing. Other racing circuits include the United States Auto Club, USC sanctioned Bear Ridge Speedway, and the NASCAR sanctioned Devil's Bowl Speedway. Some NASCAR Cup drivers have come to Vermont circuits to compete against local weekly drivers such as Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Kenny Wallace, Ken Schrader, and Christopher Bell (racing driver), Christopher Bell. Kevin Lepage from Shelburne, Vermont is one of a few professional drivers from Vermont. Racing series in Vermont include NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, American Canadian Tour, and Vermont's own Tiger Sportsman Series.


Residents

The following were either born in Vermont or resided there for a substantial period during their lives and whose names are widely known. * Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States * Pearl S. Buck, author * Jake Burton Carpenter, inventor of the snowboard *Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States * John Deere (inventor), John Deere, founder of Deere & Company * George Dewey, the only Admiral of the Navy (United States), Admiral of the Navy in U.S. history * John Dewey, philosopher, psychologist, and educator * Stephen Douglas, 19th-century politician * Carlton Fisk, Baseball Hall of Fame catcher * James Fisk (financier), James Fisk, financier * Robert Frost, poet * Richard Morris Hunt, architect * Rudyard Kipling, author * Bill McKibben, environmentalist * Samuel Morey, inventor of the steam-powered paddle wheel boat * Norman Rockwell, painter, author, and illustrator * Bernie Sanders, politician and legislator * Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement * Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian author and Soviet dissident * Rudy Vallée, singer and actor * Brigham Young, prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


In fiction

* Vermont was also the home of Dick Loudon, Bob Newhart's character on the 1980s sitcom ''Newhart''. All action supposedly took place in Vermont. * Vermont was the home of Pollyanna and her Aunt Polly in the novel ''Pollyanna'', later made into the 1960 Walt Disney, Disney Pollyanna (1960 film), film starring Hayley Mills and Jane Wyman.Book Review
Retrieved September 12, 2008.
* In H. P. Lovecraft's ''The Whisperer in Darkness'', Vermont is the home of folklorist Henry Akeley (and the uninhabited hills of Vermont serve as one of the earth bases of the extraterrestrial Mi-Go). * Donna Tartt, Donna Tartt's novel ''The Secret History'' is a story set mostly in a fictitious town of Hampden, Vermont, and college of the same name, where several students conspire to murder a classmate. * Sinclair Lewis' 1935 anti-fascist novel ''It Can't Happen Here'' is largely set in Vermont, as local newspaper editor Doremus Jessup opposes a newly elected dictatorial government. * Annie Baker's ''Circle Mirror Transformation'', ''Body Awareness'', and ''The Aliens'' all take place in the fictional town of Shirley, Vermont.


See also

* Outline of Vermont * Index of Vermont-related articles * French language in the United States * ''''


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Energy Data and Statistics for Vermont

Vermont Agriculture

Vermont League of Cities and Towns

USDA Vermont State Facts

Roads compared to other states


Geology


Rodinia to Pangea: The Lithotectonic Record of the Appalachian Region

Laurentia-Gondwana connections before Pangea

Bedrock Geologic Map of Vermont
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Maps and demographics


Earthquake History of Vermont

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Tourism and recreation


Vermont Living Magazine

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Business


Vermont Chamber of Commerce


Culture and history


Vermont Native American Museum & Cultural Center

Central Vermont: Explore History in the Heart of the Green Mountains, a National Park Service ''Discover Our Shared Heritage'' Travel Itinerary

Vermont Arts Council

Vermont Historical Society

Center for Digital Initiatives, University of Vermont Libraries

Vermont International Film Foundation
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