Best & Worst States: What is Vermont No. 1 at?

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Vermont is a state known for its independence. For years, Vermont has had an attitude that has been part of the culture for those who live there. For example, you can see the story of the French explorer Samuel de Champlain, who had initially claimed the area. In 1609, he decided that the best way to impress his allies from the Abenaki tribe was to kill a chief from the Iroquois tribe.

The Abenaki were already enemies with the Iroquois. In addition, Champlain's actions reduced the long-term wrath of the tribe against the French as well. The 1763 French and Indian War would culminate in the loss of France's developed ownership in the New World due to the consequences of this incident above.

The British began settling in 1724, which led to occasional clashes between them and the French. A treaty signed in Paris in 1763 gave the British control of Vermont ultimately. After that, a dividing line was drawn between Fort William Henry and Lake George, reserving land for tribes and settlers.

In that spirit of independence, the state continued to rule itself as a sovereign entity until 1791. It even established its postal services, connecting Albany to numerous other communities. Vermont would eventually agree to become the 14th state, which was the first state after the original colonies, partly in response to Kentucky's entry the following year as a slave state.

Are you thinking of paying a visit or moving to any cities in Vermont? Let us take you to some of the best and worst parts of this state:

Best: Jaw-dropping coastlines

Vermont might be a landlocked state, but it offers natural surroundings that mimic the sea if you live near Lake Champlain. Moving to Burlington is a good choice if you're used to living in coastal locations. Several other small towns dot the coast.

In this state, you will have a wide variety of outdoor activities to engage in. Thanks to its extensive agricultural sector, state forests, and nationally protected landscapes, Vermont encourages an active lifestyle. A couple of parks, two waterfalls, and several campgrounds are available for your enjoyment. Bring hiking shoes because you'll want to go hiking every weekend during the summer.

Best: Laidback life

When driving around Vermont's highways, you'll eventually notice something's missing. Several farms are stacked up one after the other in rows along the roadside. That is because the people here prefer living a simple life. New Englanders take pride in preserving the charm that is associated with the traditional way of life. The state legislature enacted a law banning these ads from ensuring that things do not change anytime soon.

There are also general stores throughout the state instead of the malls and outlet complexes you can find elsewhere. So if you need a Walmart, you can still find one, but there won't be as many to visit.

Now, let us look at the ugly side of Vermont and see what its worst are:

Worst: Affordable housing, but expensive rentals

Since the apartment and condo supply is low in Vermont, but the demand levels are high due to some excellent educational institutions, the rental market there can be rather expensive. The average annual rent in Vermont is approximately 30% higher than it is nationwide, and the rate is even worse if you need to move to Burlington. One-bedroom apartments in the city are readily available for $1,200 – if not more – per month.

You may find Montpelier to be the best option for the cost. Although only 7,500 people live there, it is the state capital. Almost anywhere in the area can be rented for under $600.

Worst: No cultural diversity

If you decide to move to Vermont, there are few opportunities to experience the international culture. Most youths leave the state to pursue opportunities elsewhere, even though they can be found around educational institutions. So you need to go somewhere else if you want a decent meal at a Japanese or Mexican restaurant. Nightlife isn't great either, but there's always the neighborhood bar for a drink and some laughter.

Fun facts about Vermont:

  1. Vermont was the first state admitted to the Union after the ratification of the Constitution.
  2. With fewer than nine thousand people, Montpelier, Vermont, is the smallest state capital in the U.S.
  3. Montpelier, Vermont, is the only U.S. state capital without a Mcdonald's.
  4. In a ratio of cows to people, Vermont has the most significant number of dairy cows in the country.
  5. Montpelier, Is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S.
  6. Vermont's largest employer isn't Ben and Jerry's; it's IBM.
  7. Until recently, the only way a Vermonter could get a driver's license with their photo on it was to drive to Montpelier.
  8. Vermont was, at various times, claimed by both New Hampshire and New York.
  9. Until 1996, Vermont was the only state without a Wal-Mart.
  10. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream company gives their ice cream waste to the local Vermont farmers who use it to feed their hogs. The hogs seem to like all of the flavors except Mint Oreo.

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