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Quality of Place

Healthy places – Vermont’s heritage of natural landscape and community life – are as essential to Vermont’s economic future as to its history.

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Quality of Place
Infrastructure & Investment
  • Commercial / Residential Electricity Rates
    Infrastructure & Stewardship
    $0.15 / $0.18 kWh
    Energy Information Administration
    US Average of $0.07 & $0.13
  • Road Network Quality
    Infrastructure & Stewardship
    71% Fair/Good
    VTRANS
    Up from 64% 2014
  • Standard & Poor
    Infrastructure & Stewardship
    AA+ Bond Rating
    #1 in New England
    Vermont Treasury
  • Broadband Access
    Infrastructure & Stewardship
    81.4%
    VT Dept of Public Service
    83.5% US Average
  • Violent Crime Up (2015-2016)
    Quality of Place
    32.4%
    #1 Safest State in U.S.
    FBI
  • Housing Starts
    Quality of Place
    1,749
    Down by 40% since 2005
    United States Census
  • State/Local Tax Burden
    Quality of Place
    10.3%
    Rank: 11th Highest
    The Tax Foundation
  • Average Commute to Work
    Quality of Place
    22.3 Minutes
    U.S. Average 25.7 min.
    United States Census
  • Rental Vacancy Rate 2017
    Quality of Place
    4.1%
    Down from 4.2% in 2016
    United States Census
  • 2,479,871
    Acres of Farm & Forest
    in "Current Use" Program
    VT Dept of Taxes
    Up 24% Since 2005