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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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 88.67% 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 (10.93%), sales jobs (10.88%), and teaching (10.43%).

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Burlington is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Burlington area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Burlington ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Burlington, 49.11% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Burlington in 2010 was $25,234, which is lower middle income relative to Vermont, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,936 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.