Life in Burlington, Vermont

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to Burlington, Vermont? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in Burlington?
Janine F. reports in this review:
WeatherHow much crime?What are the neighborhoods like?What are the people like?
Burlington offers a taste of all four seasons (five if you include the New England-specific "mud season") with breathtaking scenic views year-round. Winters can be especially cold with winds coming off of Lake Champlain, and flooding is sometimes a threat in spring when heavy snows finally melt. The lake winds are terrific in spring and summer, cutting through the humidity with a refreshing breeze.There has been a lot of talk recently about hard drugs in the Burlington area - college kids getting publicly drunk and stoned isn't that uncommon with a major university in town, but lately the issue of heroin has been in the news more frequently. There is occasional gun violence reported and car break-ins are not uncommon in certain parts of town. Most businesses besides bars close early, so the streets can be somewhat barren late at night - it's wise to stay with friends when out on the town.The North End area has a somewhat dodgy reputation, possibly due to the number of low-income residents and immigrant communities; however, it has developed more in recent years and has attracted more stable residents, as opposed to transient college kids and section 8 tenants. Isham Street is known for being the "college ghetto" for it's rambunctious residents and late-night noise.

The waterfront is home to pricey condominiums and attracts the more well-to-do crowd and retirees, and there are a number of beautiful homes in the Five Sisters neighborhood near the South End of Burlington. This is a desirable neighborhood as it is just outside of the main downtown area, and away from student housing.
Burlington attracts a number of "types" from gutter punk hippie teenagers to affluent retirees. It's scenic but small, with a slower paced way of life than most other cities (in truth, "city" is a very generous description of Burlington). It would not hold much appeal for someone looking for the thrill of a large metropolis, nor someone that bores easily. There is a strong "localvore" food movement which is great for foodies, and a number of boutique shops catering to ethical consumerism and fair trade. Burlington is a great place for those with an interest in social justice and politics.
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The Church Street Marketplace is a beautiful outdoor shopping area with several blocks of boutique stores, an indoor shopping mall and various eateries, including the original Ben and Jerry's scoop shop. Whether shopping for clothes, sporting gear, books or jewelry, the downtown shopping area has something for everyone.There is no shortage of restaurants to choose from. The Farmhouse Tap & Grill, the Vermont Pub and Brewery, Penny Cluse Cafe, Trattoria Delia and the Daily Planet are just a few reputable dining options in town.The public schools have a positive local reputation, and are said to have a high graduation rateBurlington is the place to be if you're single in Vermont. There are plenty of date spots from bars and restaurants to the waterfront, parks and theaters.
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The University of Vermont, Memorial Auditorium and sometimes concerts and events held on the waterfront.Burlington is much more quaint than neighboring South Burlington, which many locals complain has been overdeveloped by shopping malls and chain stores. It is also less sprawling than Colchester, though many parts of Colchester are more affordable. Burlington is walkable, bikeable and has a decent bus system for those who rely on public transit. If you want to be in the swing of things and have more convenient access to dining and retail, you'd be better off in Burlington.Fletcher Allen Health Care is the local hospital. It seems clean and the staff are generally polite, but often there are too many chefs spoiling the pot, which can lead to miscommunications and frustration. Be prepared to advocate for yourself!Church Street and the waterfront are the must-sees for any visitor. Get an eye-full of the Adirondack mountains while lounging on the green by the lake, or take a ferry ride for more site-seeing opportunities.
General comments   
Burlington is a small but lively community with residents showing passion for arts, social justice, sustainability and creative expression. It can feel small when you're used to living in a larger, more densely populated area, but can also be exciting for those coming from more rural areas nearby. The locals are generally friendly and inviting and the pace is laid-back and relaxing.   
Burlington, Vermont population: 42417

How many black people live in Burlington? How many white people?
Number of White People37727Percentage of White people88.9%
Number of Black People2033Percentage of Black people4.8%
Number of Hispanic People1334Percentage of Hispanic people3.1%
Number of Asian People1963Percentage of Asian people4.6%
Number of American Indian People483Percentage of American Indian people1.1%

Note: Numbers may add up to >100% because some people are more than one race.

Burlington, Vermont

Percent college grads: 42.8%
Percent grad school grads: 16.2%
Unemployment rate: 8
Median house value: 253300
Median income: 39185

How many singles in Burlington?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
615062960.98men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
10259341.1men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
93410370.9men for each woman

Weather History for Burlington, Vermont

Burlington, Vermont Basic Temperatue and Weather (30 year averages)
MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year00496045465076400
How many days and how much precipitation and snow for Burlington, Vermont?

Number of days of rain
(.1 inch or greater)
total rainfallNumber of days of snow
(.5 inch or greater)
Total snowfall
Average year81363681
Realistic temperatures, taking into account precipitation, amount of sunlight during the day, winds during the day, and humidity during hot days.

MonthNumber of Days below zero (degrees)Number of Days 0-20's (degrees)Number of Days 20's (degrees)Number of Days 30's (degrees)Number of Days 40's (degrees)Number of Days 50's (degrees)Number of Days 60's (degrees)Number of Days 70's (degrees)Number of Days 80's (degrees)Number of Days 90's+ (degrees)
Average year093472343372536610

How many hot humid days a year does Burlington, Vermont have?
How many cloudy days a year does Burlington, Vermont have?
How many sunny days a year does Burlington, Vermont have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does Burlington, Vermont have? How windy is it?
See below for the answers!
MonthNumber of hot, humid daysNumber of very windy daysNumber of windy daysNumber of somewhat windy daysNumber of calm daysNumber of clear daysNumber of moderately cloudly daysNumber of somewhat cloudy daysNumber of very cloudy days
Average year0582931401013883137

(Note: Humidity, wind, and cloudcover information is based on (a) 30 year averages and in many cases (b) a large nearby weather station. If you're in an area with a lot of "micro climates" actual conditions may vary.)

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Sources of information: Census, FBI Crime Statistics, NOAA
Disclaimer: The information presented here are for the general population, assume the same rate of crime in the future, and an evenly distributed amount of crime throughout the city in question. They are not meant to accurately predict whether one person in particular will be a victim of crime. Percentages are based on the population of the city/town in question, except for burglaries, which are based on the number of households.