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Source: 2010 U.S. Census

The majority of Vermont’s villages and towns have fewer than 3000 people. Several towns have over 10,000, but only Burlington exceeds 20,000. Many local populations are substantially augmented by seasonal residents and college students.The state’s population has been flat and seems to be falling. Some communities have been experiencing a long-term population loss, particularly in the number of year-round residents and among younger age groups. The 2020 census will help clarify the precise nature of these changes at the local level.

 

Source: ACS 2014 5 year estimates

Mean travel time for Vermont commuters is 22.3 minutes each way, up from 21.2 minutes in 2005. While still well below the national average (25.7 min.) rising commutes can indicate more people traveling farther to find work or to satisfy housing needs. 85% of Vermont workers commute by car (vs 85.6% nationally) with 1.3% using public transit (5.2% nationally). Another 6% work from home.

Source: IRS and Natl Center for Charitable Statistics.

Vermont has more non-profits per capita than any other state. The number rose 4.8% from 2003 to 2013. In 2015 the asset value of these 5,748 organizations exceeded $11 billion. There has been a shift in Vermont’s non-profit sector: from 2003-2013 the number of public charities grew by over 400, but the number of private foundations dropped by 74. Public charities derive funding primarily from the general public, government, and private foundations. They conduct direct service or other tax-exempt activities. A private foundation, usually has principal funding from a single source (an individual, family, or corporation) and is often a grantmaker.

Source: The Tax Foundation

In share of personal income that goes to state and local taxes Vermonters have the 13th highest burden nationally (2012). Vermont’s income and property tax schemes are ranked among the most progressive in the nation; high income filers pay some of the highest rates, lower income filers some of the lowest.