Relocating to Vermont
Vermont Ranked Among the Happiest States in the Country
- Ranked #2 on Kiplinger's Top 10 Greatest Places to Live.
- Named the next Gig City by US Ignite.
- Rated America's #2 "Top State for Quality of Life" by CNBC
- Named "An Ideal College," in an article in The Atlantic.
- Named "One of the 10 Great Places for Campus Culture" by USA Today Travel Guide.
A Home Away from Home
Vermont is home to not only the Green Mountains and maple syrup but there is a booming economy revolving around local businesses and agriculture.
According to an article by CNBC, "The Green Mountain State takes its name from the verdant range that defines this state, but Vermont is more than just mountains. It's more than maple syrup, too, though Vermonters will proudly tell you the state accounts for 39 percent of the nation's total production. Vermont is one of America's healthiest states by many measures, from infectious disease rates to the percentage of residents without health insurance. The crime rate and pollution are among the nation's lowest."
Burlington is such a distinctive city, it shows up in the top of many "best" lists. In fact, the city ranks eight on Kiplinger's list of the Best Cities for the Next Decade. For a city ahead of the trend on the green movement, it's no wonder that the Burlington community is environmental and community oriented, and for being home to 22 LEED-certified buildings.
In a community where strangers say 'hi' on the streets, it's no wonder why you'll feel right at home in Burlington, Vermont.
- Burlington is compact enough that activities are easy to get to. Church Street, a four-block, cobblestoned, outdoor marketplace cordoned off exclusively for pedestrians; lakeside trails; bike paths and North Beach are only minutes from campus.
- Local residents and students mingle in many of downtown's great restaurants, laid-back cafes and funky shops.
- From campus, it's only 90 minutes to Montréal, three and a half hours to Boston, and five to New York City — great destinations for weekend getaways.
- Our creative majors are involved in the larger Burlington community, displaying their designs at the South End Art Hop, exhibiting their videos in the International Film Festival and performing their written words as part of the Burlington Book Festival.
- Join the Dragonheart Vermont community and compete on Champlain's dragonboat team Making Waves in the annual Dragonboat Races.
Burlington is known for its diverse restaurants that source their ingredients from local farms. Not only is the Vermont Fresh Network, but Vermont has a strong following in the Slow Foods Movement; CSA's; farmer's markets; natural food stores, including City Market and Healthy Living Market; and many farms surrounding the area. Not only is Burlington on the healthy living lifestyle but it is also the home to nationally recognized chefs, locally grown food, and 13 different types of international cuisine. Take a look at some of the restaurants the city has to offer.
Activities and Recreation
Winter Sports: Snowmobile tours, skating, snowshoeing, ice climbing, dog sledding, and, of course, skiing and snowboarding.
Watersports: Kayak tours, standup paddle boarding, kayak, canoe, sailboats and powerboat rentals, sport fisheries, shipwreck tours on dry land, sailing charters and The Spirit of Ethan Allen III.
Hiking: We have hundreds of hiking trails around Vermont. Enjoy the high peaks or a relaxing walk on any of our public trails (including Burlington's own 12 mile pedestrian path). Visit Vermont Outdoor Guide Association's Hiking page for more information.
Biking: Vermont hosts a wide array of mountain biking and bike touring opportunities. Visit Vermont Outdoor Guide Association's Biking page to get started.
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