Best Places to Live

Burlington, VT

Population: 43,936

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They say there must be something in the water, but in Burlington, VT, it's in the beer. The most famous of the Burlington breweries is arguably Magic Hat Brewing Company, which began out of an old brick building in downtown Burlington and has steadily gained fame around the country. After a brew tour, downtown's Church Street is the understood center of culture and students in this college town, and the cute and quaint neighborhood provides plenty of shops and restaurants. Another perk is the bike and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere brought on by the citywide effort to stay green.

The Scene: Beer Lovers Beholden

Fresh food is a plus here, too. Read more to see Burlington, VT, on our Top 10 Farmers Markets list.