Burlington is a medium-sized city located in the state of Vermont. With a population of 42,239 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 88.24% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Burlington is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Burlington who work in office and administrative support (11.56%), sales jobs (11.35%), and food service (9.83%).
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.
Burlington is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Burlington have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Burlington’s economy is one such example of this.
Burlington, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
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.
If knowledge is power, Burlington is a pretty powerful place. 51.27% of the adults in Burlington have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Burlington in 2010 was $26,011, which is low income relative to Vermont, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $104,044 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 Irish, English, German, French, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Burlington is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and African languages.