Dorset is a very small town located in the state of Vermont. With a population of 1,996 people and just one neighborhood, Dorset is the 76th largest community in Vermont.
Real Estate Prices
Dorset home prices are not only among the most expensive in Vermont, but Dorset real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Dorset is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.66% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Dorset is a town of sales and office workers, professionals and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dorset who work in sales jobs (18.46%), management occupations (16.65%) and office and administrative support (10.79%).
Of important note, Dorset is also a town of artists. Dorset has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Dorset’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.66% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Dorset is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Dorset’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Because of many things, Dorset is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Dorset a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Dorset has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Dorset’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Dorset has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Dorset a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
As is often the case in a small town, Dorset doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.