The Green Mountain state offers its residents many things that create a high quality of life: a thriving arts scene, innovative cuisine, year-round outdoor activities, an unemployment rate lower than the national average, and a scenic landscape that attracts visitors from around the world. However, these benefits come at a price: Vermont has a higher cost of living than many other states.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t find affordable living here, though. Although housing and utility costs might be higher than in other regions of the United States, when you factor in the convenience of small-town life that many of Vermont’s cities offer as well as the strong school systems, access to high quality medical care, and relatively short commutes, it’s easy to see why so many people want to make a home here. Here are four places that make the cost of living there worth it.
Located just nine miles north of the resort town of Stowe, Morrisville provides all the benefits of living in a tourist mecca but at a much lower cost. With a population of 2,400, residents enjoy small-town life with big-city amenities, including the top-notch Copley Hospital, several highly rated restaurants and microbreweries, and numerous recreational facilities, including the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.
Though the median household income is only $38,684, the median home price is $174,800, which is five percent lower than the national average. The public schools in Morrisville have an extraordinarily low student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1, and the schools spend nearly $15,000 per student, compared to the national average of $12,383. Many residents are employed in the local area, with nearly 12 percent walking to work.
There’s no need to travel to the big city for a night out in Morrisville. The Bijou Cineplex movie theater and several highly rated restaurants and music venues can be found right downtown.