Life in Richmond, Vermont

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Are you thinking of moving or relocating to Richmond, Vermont? Would you like to know what the quality of life is like living in Richmond?
Janine F. reports in this review:
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Richmond sits in the western foothills of the Green Mountains, making for lush, arid summers, foliage-rich autumns, cold snowy winters, and brief, muddy springs. End of winter thawing can sometimes cause excess mud and flooding. Winter storms can hit hard, and it is not uncommon to see several feet of snowfall throughout the season.Thefts and burglaries are the most commonly reported crimes in Richmond, typically car break-ins and some some home robberies. There is rumored to be a bit of a drug trade and a lot of talk lately about meth labs increasing in the area in general.Richmond spans the socioeconomic gamut, from areas of low-income trailer parks to developments of mansion-like homes. A number of the aforementioned developments are located off of Route 2 as you come into the West Main Street area of "downtown" Richmond. The town becomes more rural as you drive towards neighboring Bolton or Huntington with more older homes (Victorians, A-Frames, some more well-maintained than others) and trailer homes vs. the pre-fab development models. Richmond is predominantly white and is home to mostly families and retirees.Richmond is a small town that would appeal to nature lovers, hippies, aging liberals and families looking for a small town with a strong community, or anyone who wants to enjoy the "small town" feel over the more suburban pace of neighboring towns like Williston and Essex. It would not appeal to anyone who craves the fast-pace and conveniences of city living, and the harsh winters make it rough on anyone that doesn't enjoy the cold.
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West Main is a very short strip, which is why I usually put "downtown" in quotes. Those looking for a real shopping experience would be better served going to Downtown Burlington and visiting the many locally-owned boutiques, or hitting up the big box retailers in Williston.Bridge Street Cafe is a basic sandwich and pizza place that's been an area staple for years. On The Rise Bakery has healthy options for breakfast and lunch. The main fine dining option is the Kitchen Table Bistro, a high-quality (read: expensive but worth it) restaurant located by the entrance to the Interstate.Richmond is home to Camel's Hump Middle School and Richmond Elementary. The nearest high school is Mt. Mansfield Union in Jericho. Both the elementary school and middle school are well-respected by community members.There are a few cute date spots and activities, though in terms of meeting a date to begin with you may be better off in Burlington where there is more of a night life.
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Traffic from nearby I-89 and Rt 2 may cause audible noise, and you may pick up the occasional plane, but the area is otherwise rather quiet.Richmond is adjacent to Jericho, another typical New England small town albeit without a traditional "Main Street", and Huntington, which is an underpopulated rural area. Richmond offers a bit of an edge with West Main Street as well as easy access to Interstate-89 and a number of local mountains for hiking and winter sports.

Richmond is also close to Williston and Essex, two of the more suburban-like towns in the area, with Essex Junction offering a feel that falls somewhere between traditional small town and suburb. They are home to shopping outlets, major groceries, pharmacies and box stores.
The nearest hospital is Fletcher Allen Health Center in Burlington. It is a teaching hospital associated with the University of Vermont, which can mean uninvited med students in your visits. It is a clean hospital with a friendly staff, though the size of the operation can sometimes cause redundant work amongst the staff and cause miscommunication and confusion for patients.The local park is beautiful, and a great place to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July. The Round Barn is a historic landmark that finds it's way into most local photography portfolios. Huntington is home to the local Audubon Center which is a lovely place to spend time outdoors.
General comments   
The "downtown" area off of West Main Street (Rte 2) is home to a number of locally owned businesses and eateries, a main gas station/convenience store and a public park. The nearby Round Barn is a historic landmark and popular location for weddings, and there are regular holiday parades down West Main. Richmond is very classic small town New England with a proud community and residents that have lived there for generations.   
Richmond, Vermont population: 723

How many black people live in Richmond? How many white people?
Number of White People697Percentage of White people96.4%
Number of Black People6Percentage of Black people0.8%
Number of Hispanic People13Percentage of Hispanic people1.8%
Number of Asian People4Percentage of Asian people0.6%
Number of American Indian People14Percentage of American Indian people1.9%

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

Richmond, Vermont

Percent college grads: 40.6%
Percent grad school grads: 13%
Unemployment rate: 0
Median house value: 212500
Median income: 41103

How many singles in Richmond?

Single men ages 20-34Single women ages 20-34Ratio of single men to women age
104138men for each woman
Single men ages 35-44Single women ages 35-44Ratio of single men to women age
40351.14men for each woman
Single men ages 45-54Single women ages 45-54Ratio of single men to women age
-999910-999.9men for each woman

Crimes in Richmond, Vermont
CrimesAbsolute numbersAverage percentage chance of being a victim in
by typeof crimesOne YearFive Years
Aggr. Assault30%0%
Auto Theft20%0%

Weather History for Richmond, Vermont

Richmond, 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 Richmond, 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 Richmond, Vermont have?
How many cloudy days a year does Richmond, Vermont have?
How many sunny days a year does Richmond, Vermont have? How sunny is it?
How many windy days a year does Richmond, 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.