Vermont remains the safest state in the nation. Yet, in 2016, Vermont saw a significant rise in violent crime, increasing by just under 33% compared to 2015. This rate of increase was one of the highest growth rates in the nation. Vermont’s violent crime rate per 100,000 residents is 158.3 compared to the national average of 397.1 incidents per 100,000 people. Much of Vermont’s local increase is due to drug-related activity associated with the national opioid crisis and to property-related crimes. Vermont’s property crime rate per 100,000 residents was 1,697 for 2016, compared to 1,448 for 2015. These changes are challenging long-held perceptions about our quality of life and require us to address for the benefit of Vermont’s future.
Source: VT Agency of Natural Resources
Locations without a private drinking water supply rely on public “Community” systems. These shared infrastructure support higher-density uses like villages and neighborhoods, commercial districts and production facilities, resorts or hospitals. Most Vermont systems serve 25-500 people. The chart provides an overview of public drinking water capacity in 2011. The Vermont ANR database in 2016 lists 1,744 total water systems. 481 are Community systems for residential areas. 955 are [Transient] Non-Community systems (hospitality establishments – restaurants, motels, campgrounds). Another 308 are Non Transient Non Community systems, providing drinking water for schools and workplaces. $400,000 in state matching fund grants were made in 2016 to assist 26 systems with maintenance, upgrade or expansion.