Burlington, VT
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Burlington is a medium-sized city located in the state of Vermont. With a population of 42,452 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Burlington is the largest community in Vermont. Burlington has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Burlington home prices are not only among the most expensive in Vermont, but Burlington real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Burlington is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.20% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Burlington is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Burlington who work in office and administrative support (11.05%), sales jobs (10.92%), and food service (10.56%).

Of important note, Burlington is also a city of artists. Burlington has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Burlington’s character.

Also of interest is that Burlington has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because Burlington has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Burlington lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Burlington is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Burlington people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Burlington is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Burlington, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Burlington. 50.51% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Burlington in 2010 was $24,706, which is lower middle income relative to Vermont, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,824 for a family of four. However, Burlington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Burlington is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Burlington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Burlington residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Burlington include German, English, French , and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Burlington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Indic languages and Spanish.