Middlebury, VT
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Middlebury is a somewhat small town located in the state of Vermont. With a population of 8,557 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Middlebury is the 13th largest community in Vermont.

Unlike some towns, Middlebury isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Middlebury are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Middlebury is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Middlebury who work in teaching (14.81%), office and administrative support (11.84%), and food service (9.72%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.66% 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.

Middlebury is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Middlebury to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Middlebury spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.89 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

Middlebury is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.88% of adults in Middlebury have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Middlebury in 2010 was $27,361, which is middle income relative to Vermont, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,444 for a family of four. However, Middlebury contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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