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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 $0.11 & $0.13
  • Road Network Quality 2015
    Infrastructure & Stewardship
    64% Fair/Good
    VTRANS
    68% in 2014
  • Standard & Poor
    Infrastructure & Stewardship
    AA+ Bond Rating
    #1 in New England
    Vermont Treasury
  • Broadband Access
    Infrastructure & Stewardship
    81%
    VT Dept of Public Service
    95% US Average
  • Violent Crime Up (2015-2016)
    Quality of Place
    33.8%
    #1 Safest State;
    highest violent crime growth of any state
    FBI
  • Housing Starts 2015
    Quality of Place
    1,998
    Up 29% from 2014
    United States Census
  • State/Local Tax Burden (2012)
    Quality of Place
    10.3%
    Rank: 13th Highest
    The Tax Foundation
  • Average Commute to Work
    Quality of Place
    22.5 Minutes
    Up from 21.2 in 2005
    United States Census
  • Rental Vacancy Rate
    Quality of Place
    4.9%
    Up from 4.1% in 2013
    United States Census
  • 2,456,677
    Acres of Farm & Forest
    in "Current Use" Program
    VT Dept of Taxes
    Up 23% Since 2005