Burlington Named #2 on Kiplinger’s “Great Places to Live” List

Burlington, Vermont cityscape

Burlington is the second-best "Great Place to Live" according to editors at Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.

The list in the September 2013 edition of the magazine and available online here describes the Queen City as:

"On the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, Burlington boasts a cozy feel and stunning beauty, plus a vibrant and varied economy. Eds and meds are big — the city is home to the University of Vermont and regional health care provider Fletcher Allen. IBM is nearby and other tech companies are growing, too. Champlain College's programs in digital technology have led to start-ups, and Dealer.com, which provides software for auto dealers, plans to add 200 jobs annually for the next three years. Result? Plentiful jobs. Unemployment is just 3.5%."

Not only does the Burlington community benefit from Champlain College's digital technology majors, but from students studying business, education, creative media and more. Champlain College alums have started, and worked for, various big name businesses in the area, including MyWebGrocer, Dealer.com, Burton and more.

The honor joins a long list of accolades for the Queen City ranging from one of America's best Downtown's, chosen by Forbes Magazine, to being the #1 healthiest state according to the United Health Foundation. Burlington has also been listed as one of the top 10 cities for outdoor recreation by Outside Magazine and Vermont is listed as the second most peaceful place to live, according to the United States Peace Index.

Kiplinger's also notes Burlington's focus on energy efficiency in the community, the ability to creatively solve problems, the business of the Church Street Marketplace, and the plentiful ski slopes close by. The data for Kiplinger's report was compiled and ranked by Kevin Stolarick, of the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think tank that studies economic prosperity. The magazine considered metro areas with a population of 1 million or less and culled the list to ten (Columbia, S.C., is the largest, with a population of 768,821). Criteria included economic growth (jobs and wages), education (the percentage of the population with a bachelor's degree or higher), housing affordability (cost and regional income levels), doctors per capita, school quality (student-teacher ratio), and cultural and natural amenities. Diversity and the "creative class" (such as writers, educators and engineers), were also factored in, a product of Stolarick's work with Richard Florida, author of "The Rise of the Creative Class."

Read the full article here.

Burlington Facts:

Population: 211,261 (metro area)

Unemployment rate: 3.5%

Cost-of-living index: 122.5

Median household income: $60,552

Median home value: $265,500

What the locals love: Farm-to-table food at spots such as the Farmhouse Tap & Grill and Skinny Pancake creperie, and easy access to ski slopes.

Kiplinger's 10 Great Places to Live:

1. Little Rock, AK

2. Burlington, VT

3. Bryan-College Station, Texas

4. Santa Fe, New Mexico

5. Columbia, South Carolina

6. Billings, Montana

7. Morgantown, West Virginia

8. Ithaca, New York

9. Anchorage, Alaska

10. Dubuque, Iowa


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.