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Culture & Recreation

Source: Consortium of Colleges

Over 43,000 college students attend 24 public and private institutions across the state, with more colleges per capita than any other state.

Source: Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing

An estimated 12.8 million visitors (20 times the state’s population) spent $1.9 billion in 2015 (vs. $1.46 billion in 2003). An important source of revenue for businesses, non-profits, and state taxes, seasonal variations in visitor traffic are affected by everything from market and demographic trends, snowfall and water quality.

Source: VTrans & Federal Highway Administration

Vehicle Miles Traveled is used as an indicator of general economic activity, with an assumption that a quarter of miles are work-related. This data broadly indicates trends in spending behaviors and recreational activity levels. The 2015 VMT data represents the highest level reported since 2010.

Source: Vermont Department of Taxes

Vermont has seen a steady rise in revenues based on taxes from meals, rooms and alcohol purchases in the state. This represents both visitor and resident spending.