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Vermont
State of Vermont Admission to Union Governor Lieutenant Governor U.S. Senators U.S. House delegation Time zone Flag of Vermont Great Seal of Vermont Nickname(s): The Green Mountain State Motto(s): Freedom and Unity before statehood, known as the Vermont Republic Abbreviations Website March 4, 1791 (14th) Jim Douglas (R) Brian Dubie (R) Patrick Leahy (D) Bernie Sanders (I) Peter Welch (D) (list) Eastern: UTC-5/-4 (DST) VT US-VT www.vermont.gov

Official language(s) Demonym Capital Largest city Area - Total Width Length % water Latitude Longitude

None Vermonter Montpelier Burlington Ranked 45th in the US 9,620 sq mi (24,923 km²) 80 miles (130 km) 160 miles (260 km) 3.8 42° 44′ N to 45° 1′ N 71° 28′ W to 73° 26′ W Ranked 49th in the US 621,270 (2008 est.)[1] 67.2/sq mi (25.93/ km²) Ranked 30th in the US $48,508 (19th) Mount Mansfield[2] 4,393 ft (1,340 m) 1,000 ft (300 m) Lake Champlain[2] 95 ft (29 m)

Much of the business of local government in Vermont towns takes place each March at a town meeting held at a meetinghouse, such as this one in Marlboro, Vermont. Vermont ( /vərˈmɒnt/ ) is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. The state ranks 43rd by land area, 9,250 square miles 2), and 45th by total area. It has a (24,000 km population of 608,827, making it the second least-populated state (surpassing only Wyoming). The only New England state with no coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, Vermont is notable for Lake Champlain (which makes up 50% of Vermont’s western border) and the Green Mountains, which run north to south. It is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Originally inhabited by Native American tribes (Abenaki and Iroquois), the territory

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that is now Vermont was claimed by France but became a British possession after France’s defeat in the French and Indian War. For many years, the surrounding colonies disputed control of the area, especially New Hampshire and New York. Settlers who held land titles granted by these colonies were opposed by the Green Mountain Boys militia, which eventually prevailed in creating an independent state, the Vermont Republic, founded during the Revolutionary War and lasting for 14 years; Vermont is thus one of three U.S. states (along with Texas and Hawaii) to have at one point existed as its own sovereign nation. In 1791, Vermont joined the United States as the fourteenth state, and the first outside the original Thirteen Colonies. The state is noted for its scenery and dairy products. It is the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States.[3] The state capital is Montpelier, and the largest city and metropolitan area is Burlington. No other state has a largest city as small as Burlington[4], or a capital city as small as Montpelier.[5]

Vermont

Map of Vermont, showing cities, roads, and rivers. The origin of the name Green Mountains (French: Les verts monts) is uncertain. Some authorities say that they are so named because they have much more forestation than the higher White Mountains of New Hampshire and Adirondacks of New York; others say that the predominance of mica-quartz-chlorite schist, a green-hued metamorphosed shale, is the reason. The Green Mountain range forms a north-south spine running most of the length of the state, slightly west of its center. In the southwest portion of the state are the Taconic Mountains; the Granitic Mountains are in the northeast.[7] In the northwest, near Lake Champlain, is the fertile Champlain Valley. In the south of the valley is Lake Bomoseen. Several mountains have timberlines with delicate year-round alpine ecosystems. These include Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in the state; Killington Peak, the secondhighest; Camel’s Hump, the state’s thirdhighest; and Mount Abraham, the fifthhighest peak. About 77% of the state is covered by forest; the rest is covered in meadow, uplands, lakes, ponds, and swampy wetlands. Areas in Vermont administered by the National Park Service include the MarshBillings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (in Woodstock) and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.[8]

Geography
See also: List of counties in Vermont, List of Vermont county seats, List of towns in Vermont, and List of mountains in Vermont Vermont is located in the New England region in the eastern United States and comprises 9,614 square miles (24,902 km²), making it the 45th-largest state. Of this, land makes up 9,250 square miles (23,955 km²) and water comprises 365 square miles (948 km²), making it the 43rd-largest in land area and the 47th in water area. In total area, it is larger than El Salvador and smaller than Haiti. The west bank of the Connecticut River marks the eastern (New Hampshire) border of the state (the river itself is part of New Hampshire).[6] Lake Champlain, the major lake in Vermont, is the sixth-largest body of fresh water in the United States and separates Vermont from New York in the northwest portion of the state. From north to south, Vermont is 159 miles (256 km) long. Its greatest width, from east to west, is 89 miles (143 km) at the Canadian border; the narrowest width is 37 miles (60 km) at the Massachusetts line. The state’s geographic center is Washington, three miles (5 km) east of Roxbury.

Cities
Cities (2003 estimated population): • Burlington — 39,148 • Rutland — 17,103 • South Burlington — 16,285

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Burlington, Vermont’s largest city.

Rutland

Vermont has 14 counties. Only two—Lamoille and Washington—are entirely surrounded by Vermont territory.

Barre

Largest towns
Montpelier, capital of Vermont. • • • • • • Barre — 9,166 Montpelier — 7,945 St. Albans — 7,565 Winooski — 6,561 Newport — 5,092 Vergennes — 2,789 Although these towns are large enough to be considered cities, they are not incorporated as such. Largest towns (2003 estimated population): • Essex — 18,933 • Colchester — 17,175 • Bennington — 15,637 • Brattleboro — 11,996 • Hartford — 10,625

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Monthly normal and record high and low temperatures Month Rec High °F(°C) Norm High °F(°C) Norm Low °F(°C) Jan 59 (15) 25 (-4) Feb 63 (17) Mar Apr 84 (29) 91 (33) May Jun Jul Aug 98 (36.5) 78 (25.5) 57 (14) 38 (3) Sep 95 (35) 71 (22) 50 (10) 21 (-6) Oct Nov

Vermont

Dec

94 96 101 (34.5) (35.5) (38) 76 81 (24.5) (27) 55 (13) 60 (15.5) 41 (5)

87 69 62 (30.5) (20.5) (17) 54 (12) 33 (0.5) 36 (2) 28 (-2)

31 43 (-0.5) (6)

51 64 (10.5) (18) 43 (6)

4 10 22 30 (-15.5) (-12) (-5.5) (-1) -35 -18 9 (-37) (-28) (-13)

15 7 (-9.5) (-14) -32 (-35.5) 0.62 (16)

Rec Low -38 (-39) °F(°C) Precip in(mm)

24 36 (-4.5) (2)

4 -16 (-15.5) (-27) 0.66 (17)

0.61 0.63 0.68 1.99 4.01 4.06 4.07 4.00 3.95 2.48 (15.5) (16) (17) (50.5) (102) (103) (103.5) (101.5) (100) (63)

Source: USTravelWeather.com [12] • Milton — 9,925 • Springfield — 9,078 1933. This is the lowest temperature recorded in New England.[12][13] The agricultural growing season ranges from 120–180 days.[14]

Climate
Vermont has a continental moist climate, with warm, humid summers and cold winters that are colder at higher elevations.[9] It has a Koppen climate classification of Dfb, similar to Minsk, Stockholm, and Fargo.[10] Vermont is known for its mud season in spring, followed by a generally mild early summer, hot Augusts, a colorful autumn, and, in particular—its cold winters. The northern part of the state, including the rural northeastern section (dubbed the "Northeast Kingdom"), is known for exceptionally cold winters, often averaging 10°F (5.56°C) colder than the southern areas of the state. Annual snowfall averages between 60 inches (152 cm) to 100 inches (254 cm) depending on elevation, resulting in a number of cross-country and downhill ski areas. The annual mean temperature for the state is 43 °F (6 °C).[11] In the autumn, Vermont’s hills display red, orange, and gold foliage displayed on the sugar maple as cold weather approaches. This display of color is not due so much to the presence of a particular variant of the sugar maple; rather, it is caused by a number of soil and climate conditions unique to the area. The highest recorded temperature was 105 °F (41 °C), at Vernon, on July 4, 1911; the lowest recorded temperature was -50 °F (-46 °C), at Bloomfield, on December 30,

Geology
There are five distinct physiographic regions of Vermont. Categorized by geological and physical attributes, they are the Northeastern Highlands, the Green Mountains, the Taconic Mountains, the Champlain Lowlands, and the Vermont Piedmont.[15]

History

Mount Mansfield, at 4,393 feet (1,339 m), is the highest point in Vermont.

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Vermont
From 1731-4, the French constructed a fort which gave the French control of the New France/Vermont border region in the Lake Champlain Valley. The British failed to take the Fort St. Frédéric four times between 1755 and 1758. In 1759, a combined force of 12,000 British regular and provincial troops under Sir Jeffrey Amherst captured the fort. The French were driven out of the area. Following France’s loss in the French and Indian War, the 1763 Treaty of Paris gave control of the land to the British. The end of the war brought new settlers to Vermont. Ultimately, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York all contended for this frontier area. On March 20, 1764, King George III established the boundary between New Hampshire and New York along the west bank of the Connecticut River, north of Massachusetts, and south of 45 Degrees north latitude. When New York refused to recognize land titles through the New Hampshire Grants (towns created earlier by New Hampshire in present Vermont), dissatisfied colonists organized in opposition, which led to the creation of independent Vermont on January 18, 1777.[16][17] In 1770, Ethan Allen, his brothers Ira and Levi, and Seth Warner recruited an informal militia, the Green Mountain Boys, to protect the interests of the original New Hampshire settlers against the new migrants from New York.

Pre-Columbian
Between 8500 to 7000 BC, at the time of the Champlain Sea, Native Americans inhabited and hunted in Vermont. During the Archaic period, from the 8th millennium BC to 1000 BC, Native Americans migrated year-round. During the Woodland period, from 1000 BC to AD 1600, villages and trade networks were established, and ceramic and bow and arrow technology was developed. In pre-Columbian Vermont, the western part of the state was originally home to a small population of Algonquian-speaking tribes, including the Mohican and Abenaki peoples. Sometime between 1500 and 1600, the Iroquois drove many of the smaller native tribes out of Vermont, later using the area as a hunting ground and warring with the remaining Abenaki. The population in 1500 was estimated to be around 10,000 people.

Colonial
See also: List of forts in Vermont

Independence and statehood
The Old Constitution House at Windsor, where the Constitution of Vermont was adopted on July 8, 1777. The first European to see Vermont is thought to have been Jacques Cartier, in 1535. On July 30, 1609, French explorer Samuel de Champlain claimed Vermont as part of New France, and erected a fort which was the first European settlement in Vermont. In 1690, a group of Dutch-British settlers from Albany established a settlement and trading post at Chimney Point 8 miles (13 km) west of present-day Addison). The first permanent British settlement was established in 1724, with the construction of Fort Dummer protecting the nearby settlements of Dummerston and Brattleboro.

The gold leaf dome of the neoclassical Vermont State House (Capitol) in Montpelier designed by Ammi B. Young and amplified by Thomas Silloway.

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border from Bennington and killed or captured virtually the entire British detachment. General Burgoyne never recovered from this loss and eventually surrendered the remainder of his 6,000-man force at Saratoga, New York, on October 17. The Battles of Bennington and Saratoga are recognized as the turning point in the Revolutionary War because they were the first major defeat of a British army. The anniversary of the battle is still celebrated in Vermont as a legal holiday .

Statehood and the ante-bellum era
Vermont continued to govern itself as a sovereign entity based in the eastern town of Windsor for fourteen years. The independent state of Vermont issued its own coinage from 1785-1788[20] and operated a statewide postal service. Thomas Chittenden was the Governor in 1778-1789 and in 1790-1791. The state exchanged ambassadors with France, the Netherlands, and the American government then at Philadelphia. In 1791, Vermont joined the Federal union as the fourteenth state–the first state to enter the Union after the original thirteen colonies. Vermont had a unicameral legislature until 1836. The mid-1850s onwards saw a transition from Vermonters mostly favoring slavery’s containment, to a far more serious opposition to the institution, producing the Radical Republican and abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. While the Whig Party shriveled, and the Republican Party emerged, Vermont strongly trended in support of its candidates. In 1860 it voted for President Abraham Lincoln, giving him the largest margin of victory of any state.

1790 Act of Congress admitting Vermont to the federal union. Statehood began on March 4, 1791. On January 18, 1777, representatives of the New Hampshire Grants declared the independence of the Vermont.[18] For the first six months of the state’s existence, the state was called New Connecticut.[19] On June 2, 1777, a second convention of 72 delegates met to adopt the name "Vermont." This was on the advice of a friendly Pennsylvanian who wrote them on how to achieve admission into the newly independent United States as the 14th state.[19] On July 4, the Constitution of Vermont was drafted at the Windsor Tavern adopted by the delegates on July 8. This was among the first written constitutions in North America and was indisputably the first to abolish the institution of slavery, provide for universal manhood suffrage and require support of public schools.

The Civil War
During the American Civil War, Vermont sent more than 34,000 men into United States service. Almost 5,200 Vermonters, 15%, were killed or mortally wounded in action or died of disease. The northernmost land action of the war, the St. Albans Raid, took place in Vermont.

Revolutionary War
The Battle of Bennington, fought on August 16, 1777, was a seminal event in the history of the state of Vermont. A combined American forces, under General Stark’s command, attacked the British column at Hoosick, New York, just across the

Postbellum era and beyond
The first election in which women were allowed to vote was on December 18, 1880,

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Demographics of Vermont (csv) By race 2000 (total population) 2000 (Hispanic only) 2005 (total population) 2005 (Hispanic only) Growth 2000–05 (total population) Growth 2000–05 (non-Hispanic only) Growth 2000–05 (Hispanic only) White 0.83% 1.03% 2.16% 1.94% Black 0.06% 0.06% AIAN* 1.05% 0.04% 0.97% 0.04% Asian 1.09% 0.02% 1.24% 0.01% 16.42% 17.31%

Vermont

NHPI* 0.05% 0.01% 0.04% 0.00% -9.09% -2.66%

98.12% 0.76% 97.95% 0.89%

20.33% -5.49% 21.76% -5.13%

26.76% 2.62%

-13.81% -39.42% -46.67%

* AIAN is American Indian or Alaskan Native; NHPI is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander when women were granted limited suffrage and were first allowed to vote in town elections, and then in state legislative races. Large-scale flooding occurred in early November 1927. During this incident, 84 people died including the state’s lieutenantgovernor.[21] Another flood occurred in 1973, when the flood caused the death of two people and millions of dollars in property damage. In 1964, the US Supreme Court forced “one-man, one-vote” redistricting on Vermont, giving cities an equitable share of votes in both houses for the entire country.[22] Until that time, counties were often represented by area in state senates and were often unsympathetic to urban problems requiring increased taxes. 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 359,611 359,231 377,747 389,881 444,330 511,456 562,758 608,827 2.0% −0.1% 5.2% 3.2% 14.0% 15.1% 10.0% 8.2%

Demographics
Population
Historical populations Census Pop. %± 85,425 — 1790 154,465 80.8% 1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 217,895 235,981 280,652 291,948 314,120 315,098 330,551 332,286 332,422 343,641 355,956 352,428 41.1% 8.3% 18.9% 4.0% 7.6% 0.3% 4.9% 0.5% 0% 3.4% 3.6% −1.0%

Est. 2008[1] 621,270 2.0% The center of population of Vermont is located in Washington County, in the town of Warren.[23] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2005, Vermont has an estimated population of 623,050, which is an increase of 1,817, or 0.3%, from the prior year and an increase of 14,223, or 2.3%, since the year 2000. This includes a natural increase since the last census of 7,148 people (that is 33,606 births minus 26,458 deaths) and an increase due to net migration of 7,889 people into the state. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 4,359 people, and migration within the country produced a net increase of 3,530 people. It is the least populous state in New England. In 2006, it has the second lowest birthrate in the nation, 42/1000 women.[24] The median age of the work force was 42.3, the highest in the nation.

Race and gender
Vermont’s population is: • 51.0% female • 49.0% male Among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Vermont ranks: • 2nd highest proportion of Whites • 2nd oldest median age[25] • 41st highest proportion of Asians

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Vermont
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 2.54% of the population aged 5 and older speak French at home, while 1.00% speak Spanish [13].

Religion
Religious identification Religion Christian Roman Catholic Protestant Congregational/United Church of Christ 6% Vermont Population Density Map • 49th highest proportion • 48th highest proportion • 29th highest proportion Americans • 39th highest proportion race • 28th highest proportion • 24th highest proportion of Hispanics of Blacks of Native of people of mixed of males of females Episcopal Other Christian Baptist Other Protestant Assemblies of God Evangelical Seventh-day Adventist Non-Denominational Other religions No religion Declined to answer 3% 13% 1% 4% 4% 3% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 22% 8% 4% 34% 6% 84% 37% 47% 67% 38% 29% 6% 55% 26% 29%

1990[28] 2001[29] 2008[

Ethnicity and language
The largest ancestry groups are: • 23.3% French or French Canadian • 18.4% English • 16.4% Irish • 9.1% German • 8.3% American[26] • 6.4% Italian • 4.6% Scottish • 0.4% Native American[27] Residents of British ancestry (especially English) live throughout most of Vermont. The northern part of the state maintains a significant percentage of people of French-Canadian ancestry. Some vestiges of a Vermont accent are heard but the population has become more homogenized around American standard English in recent years. In the last two decades, the Burlington area has welcomed the resettlement of several refugee communities. These include individuals and families from South East Asia, Bosnia, Sudan, Somalia, Burundi and Tibet. These communities have grown to include non-refugees and in some cases are several generations in the making.

In colonial times, like many of its neighboring states, Vermont’s largest religious affiliation was Congregationalism. In 1776, 63% of affiliated church members in Vermont were Congregationalists. At that time, however, only 9% of people belonged to a specific church due to the remoteness of population centers. The Congregational United Church of Christ remains the largest Protestant denomination and Vermont has the largest percentage of this denomination of any state.[30] In 2008, over one-half of Vermont residents identify themselves as Christians. The largest single religious body in the state is the Roman Catholic Church. According to the ARDA the Catholic Church had 147,918 members in 2000.[31] Twenty-four percent of Vermonters attend church regularly. This low is matched only by New Hampshire.[32] In 2008 thirty-four percent of Vermonters claimed no religion; this is the highest percentage in the nation.[33][34] A survey

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suggested that people in Vermont and New Hampshire which were polled jointly, are less likely to attend weekly services and are less likely to believe in God (54%) than people in the rest of the nation (71%). The two states were at the lowest levels among states in religious commitment. About 23% percent of the respondents attended religious service at least once a week (39% nationally). Thirty-six percent said religion is very important to them (56% nationally).[35] Almost one-third of Vermonters were selfidentified Protestants. The largest Protestant denomination in the state was the United Church of Christ with 21,597, and the second largest is the United Methodist Church with 19,000 members;[31] followed by Episcopalians, "other" Christians, and Baptists. Joseph Smith, Jr. and Brigham Young—the first two leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—were both born in Vermont. Adherents to the Mormon faith, however, did not make up a single percentage point of Vermont’s population. A memorial to Joseph Smith, at his birthplace in Sharon, is maintained by the LDS. The state had 5,000 people of Jewish faith - 3,000 in Burlington and 500 each in Montpelier-Barre and Rutland—and four Reform and two Conservative congregations.[36] Vermont may have the highest concentration of western-convert Buddhists in the country. It is home to several Buddhist retreat centers.[37]

Vermont
• Health Care and Social Assistance $2,170 million (9.4%) • Retail trade - $1,934 million (8.4%) • Finance and Insurance - $1,369 million (5.9%) • Construction - $1,258 million (5.5%) • Professional and technical services $1,276 million (5.5%) • Wholesale trade - $1,175 million (5.1%) • Accommodations and Food Services $1,035 million (4.5%) • Information - $958 million (4.2%) • Non-durable goods manufacturing - $711 million (3.1%) • Other Services - $563 million (2.4%) • Utilities - $553 million (2.4%) • Educational Services - $478 million (2.1%) • Transportation and Warehousing - $484 million (2.1%) • Administrative and Waste Services - $436 million (1.9%) • Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting - $375 million (1.6%) • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $194 million (.8%) • Mining - $100 million (.4%) • Management of Companies - $35 million (.2%) Canada was Vermont’s number one external trading partner in 2007, followed by Taiwan.[44] The state had $4 billion worth of commerce with Quebec.[45] One measure of economic activity is retail sales. The state had $5.2 billion in 2007.[46] In 2008, 8,631 new businesses were registered in Vermont, a decline of 500 from 2007.[47]

Economy
In 2007, Vermont was ranked 32nd among states in which to do business. It was 30th the previous year.[38] In 2008, an economist said that the state had "a really stagnant economy, which is what we are forecasting for Vermont for the next 30 years."[39] According to the 2005 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report, Vermont’s gross state product (GSP) was $23 billion. This places the state 50th among the 50 states. It stood 38th in per capita GSP.[40][41] The per capita personal income was $32,770 in 2004. Components of GSP were:[42][43] • Government - $3,083 million (13.4%) • Real Estate, Rental and Leasing - $2,667 million (11.6%) • Durable goods manufacturing - $2,210 million (9.6%)

Personal income
The median household income from 2002-2004 was $45,692. This was 15th nationally.[48] About 80% of the 68,000 Vermonters who qualify for food stamps, actually received them in 2007.[49] In the quarter ending September 2008, the state had the lowest credit card delinquency rate in the country, 0.70%. [50][51]

Real estate
While the number of houses sold in the state has dropped from 8,318 in 2004, to 8,120 (2005), 6,919 (2006) and 5,820 (2007), the average price has continued to rise to $202,500 in 2008 ($200,000 in 2007).[52]

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In the quarter ending September 2008, the state had the fourth lowest mortgage payment delinquency rate in the country, 1.8%.[51]

Vermont
2007, dairy farmers received a record $23.60 for 100 pounds (45 kg) of milk. This dropped in 2008 to $17.[61] The average dairy farm produced 1.3 million pounds of milk annually in 2008.[62] A significant amount of milk is shipped into the Boston market. Therefore the Commonwealth of Massachusetts certifies that Vermont farms meet Massachusetts sanitary standards. Without this certification, a farmer may not sell milk for distribution into the bulk market.[63] An important and growing part of Vermont’s economy is the manufacture and sale of artisan foods, fancy foods, and novelty items trading in part upon the Vermont "brand" which the state manages and defends. Examples of these specialty exports include Cabot Cheese, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Fine Paints of Europe, Vermont Butter and Cheese Company, several micro breweries, ginseng growers, Burton Snowboards, Lake Champlain Chocolates, King Arthur Flour, and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. In 2001, Vermont produced 275,000 US gallons (1,040,000 L) of maple syrup, about one-quarter of U.S. production. For 2005 that number was 410,000 accounting for 37% of national production.[64] In 2000, only 3% of the state’s working population was still engaged in agriculture.[65] Wine industry started in Vermont in 1985. There are 14 wineries today.[66]

Agriculture

Vermont ranks first nationally in craft breweries per capita.[53] Agriculture contributes $2.6 billion,[54] about 12%, directly and indirectly to the state’s economy.[55] Over the past two centuries logging has fallen off as over-cutting and the exploitation of other forests made Vermont’s forest less attractive. Loss of farms has had the beneficial effect of allowing Vermont’s land and forest to recover. The accompanying lack of industry has allowed Vermont to avoid many of the ill-effects of 20th century industrial busts, effects that still plague neighboring states. Today, most of Vermont’s forests consist of second-growth. Of the remaining industries, dairy farming is the primary source of agricultural income. In the last half of the twentieth century, developers had plans to build condos and houses on what was relatively inexpensive, open land. Vermont’s government responded with a series of laws controlling development and with some pioneering initiatives to prevent the loss of Vermont’s dairy industry. In 1947 there were 11,206 dairy farms in the state. In 2003 there were fewer than 1,500, a decline of 80%. The number of cattle had declined by 40%. However, milk production had doubled in the same period due to tripling the production per cow.[56] In 2007, there were 1,087 farms left, down from 1,138 in 2006. While milk production rose, Vermont’s market share declined. Within a group of states supplying the Boston-NYC market,[57] Vermont was third with a 10.6% share of the market.[58][59] The number has been diminishing by 10% annually.[60] In

Manufacturing
IBM, in Essex Junction, is Vermont’s largest for-profit employer. It provides 25% of all manufacturing jobs in Vermont. In 2007 it employed 6,800 workers.[67] It is responsible for $1 billion of the state’s annual economy.[68]

Health
See also: Vermont#Public health and safety An increasingly aging population is expected to improve this industry’s position in the state economy. In 2008, Fletcher Allen Health Care was the second highest employer of people in the state.[69]

Housing
In 2007 Vermont was the 17th highest state in the nation for mortgage affordability. However, in 41 other states, inhabitants

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contributed within plus or minus 4% of Vermont’s 18.4% of household income to a mortgage.[70] Housing prices did not rise that much during the early 2000s. As a result, the collapse in real estate values was not that precipitous either. While foreclosure rose significantly in 2007, the state stood 50th (last, and best) in ratio of foreclosure filings to households.[71] While housing sales dropped annually from 2004 to 2008, prices continued to rise.[72] In 2007, Vermont was best in the country for construction of new energy efficient homes as evaluated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under the Energy Star program.[73] However, about 60% of Vermont homes heated with oil in 2008.[74] In August 2008, the cost in Vermont of various heating sources per 1 million BTU ranged from $14.39 for cord wood to $43.50 for kerosene.

Vermont
Resort, Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, Stratton, Jay Peak, Okemo, Suicide Six, Mount Snow and Bromley host skiers from around the globe, although their largest markets are the Boston, Montreal and New York metropolitan areas. In the summer, resort towns like Stowe, Manchester, Quechee, Wilmington and Woodstock host visitors. Resorts, hotels, restaurants, and shops, designed to attract tourists, employ people year-round.

Labor
As of 2006, there were 305,000 workers in Vermont. 11% of these are unionized.[75][76] A 2007 survey claimed that Vermonters were the least satisfied with their job in the nation and were the most likely to be making plans to leave.[77] A modern high unemployment rate of 9% was reached in June 1976. A modern low of 2.2% was measured in March 2002.[78] Lake Champlain. Summer camps contribute to Vermont’s tourist economy. Trout fishing, lake fishing, and ice fishing draw outdoor enthusiasts to the state, as does the hiking on the Long Trail. In winter, nordic and backcountry skiers visit to travel the length of the state on the Catamount Trail. Several horse shows are annual events. Vermont’s state parks, historic sites, museums, golf courses, and new boutique hotels with spas were designed to attract tourists. In 2005, visitors made an estimated 13,4 million trips to the state, spending $1.57 billion.[80] In 2008, there were 35,000 members of 138 snowmobiling clubs in Vermont. The combined association of clubs maintains 6,000 miles of trail often over private lands. The industry is said to generate "hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business."[81]

Insurance
Captive insurance plays an increasingly large role in Vermont’s economy. With this form of alternative insurance, large corporations or industry associations form standalone insurance companies to insure their own risks, thereby substantially reducing their insurance premiums and gaining a significant measure of control over types of risks to be covered. There are also significant tax advantages to be gained from the formation and operation of captive insurance companies. According to the Insurance Information Institute, Vermont in 2004 was the world’s thirdlargest domicile for captive insurance companies, following Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.[79]

Quarrying
The towns of Rutland and Barre are the traditional centers of marble and granite quarrying and carving in the U.S. For many years Vermont was also the headquarters of the smallest union in the U.S., the Stonecutters Association, of about 500 members. The first marble quarry in America was on Mount

Tourism
Tourism is a large industry in the state. In winter, the ski resorts Burke Mountain, Stowe, Smugglers’ Notch, Killington Ski

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Aeolus overlooking East Dorset.[82] Up the western side of the state runs the "Marble Valley" joining up with the "Slate Valley" that runs from just inside New York across from Chimney Point until it meets the "Granite Valley" that runs west past Barre, home of the Rock of Ages quarry, the largest granite quarry in America. Vermont is the largest producer of slate in the country.[83] Production of dimension stone is the greatest producer of revenues by quarrying.

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parallel to I-91 for its entire length in the state. • U.S. Route 7 - Travels south to north along the western border of the state. U.S. 7 parallels I-89 from Burlington northward to the Canadian border. Vermont Route 100 - Runs south to north almost directly through the center of the state, providing a route along the full length of the Green Mountains.

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Non-profits
There were 2,682 non-profit organizations in Vermont in 2008, with $2.8 billion in revenue.[84]

East-West routes
• U.S. Route 2 - Crosses northern Vermont from west to east and connects the population centers of Burlington, Montpelier, and St. Johnsbury. U.S. Route 4 - Crosses south-central Vermont from west to east and connects the city of Rutland with Killington and White River Junction. U.S. Route 302 - Travels eastward from Montpelier and Barre, into New Hampshire and Maine.

Transportation
Vermont’s main mode of travel is by automobile. Individual communities and counties have public transit, but their breadth of coverage is frequently limited. Greyhound Lines services a number of small towns. Two Amtrak trains serve Vermont. The Ethan Allen Express serves Rutland and Fair Haven, while the Vermonter serves Saint Albans, Essex Junction, Waterbury, Montpelier, Randolph, White River Junction, Windsor, Bellows Falls and Brattleboro. For a more detailed explanation see a List of Routes in Vermont.

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Vermont Route 9 - A popular tourist route across the southern part of the state that connects Bennington to Brattleboro. A 2005-6 study ranked Vermont 37th out of the states for "cost-effective road maintenance", a decline of 13 places since 2004-5.[86] Federal data indicates that 16% of Vermont’s 2,691 bridges had been rated structurally deficient by the state in 2006.[87] In 2007 Vermont had the sixth worst percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the country.[88]

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• Interstate 89 - Runs northwestward from White River Junction to serve both Montpelier and Burlington en route to the Canadian border. Interstate 91 - Runs northward from the Massachusetts border to the Canadian border, connecting Brattleboro, White River Junction, St. Johnsbury, and Newport. Interstate 93 - Has its northern terminus at I-91 in St. Johnsbury and connects the northern part of the state with New Hampshire and points south. U.S. Route 5 - Travels south to north along the eastern border of the state,

Local community public and private transportation
Greyhound Bus Lines stops at Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, and White River Junction.[89] • Addison County has the ACTR (Addison County Transit Resources) out of Middlebury, also serving Bristol and Vergennes. • Bennington County features the GME (American Red Cross Green Mountain Express) out of Bennington and the YT (Yankee Trails) running out of Rensselaer, New York. • Brattleboro in Windham county is served by the BeeLine (Brattleboro Town Bus). Windham is served, out of West Dover, by

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the MOOver (Deerfield Valley Transit Association, DVTA). Burlington has CCTA (Chittenden County Transportation Authority) and CATS (University of Vermont Campus Area Transportation System). Colchester in Chittenden County is serviced by the SSTA (Special Services Transportation Agency). Rutland County has the Bus (Marble Valley Regional Transit District, MVRTD) out of Rutland. Windsor County: • Ludlow (in Windsor County) is served by the LMTS (Ludlow Municipal Transit System). • Windsor is also served by Advanced Transit (AT) out of Wilder. • The CRT (Connecticut River Transit) out of Springfield, serves parts of Windham County. • In parts of Windsor County, (Norwich, Hartford), [[White River Junction, Vermont}White River Junction]] and in parts of New Hampshire there is a free public transportation service called th Advanced Transit.[90] It has routes and many different lines all throughout the Upper Valley region. Stowe, in Lamoille county, is serviced by STS (Stowe Trolley System, Village Mountain Shuttle, Morrisville Shuttle). STS (Stagecoach Transportation Services) out of Randolph in Orange County also serves parts of Windsor County. In Washington the Green Mountain Transit Authority runs out of the capital city, Montpelier. The Network (Northwest Vermont Public Transit Network, NVPT) running out of Saint Albans, services Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. The RCT (Rural Community Transportation) runs out of Saint Johnsbury and services Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille and Orleans Counties. There is a shuttle bus linking the various local networks.[91] There is ferry service to New York State from Burlington, Charlotte, Grand Isle, and Shoreham. All but the Shoreham ferry are operated by the Lake Champlain Transportation Company.

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Airports
Vermont is served by two commercial airports: • Burlington International Airport is the largest in the state, with regular flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Orlando, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC. • Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport has regular flights to Boston.

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Utilities
Electricity
Vermont has the highest rate of nuclear generated power in the nation, 73.7%.[92] As one result, Vermont is one of only two states with no coal-fired power plant.[93] The state gets 1/3 of its power from Hydro-Québec and 1/3 from Vermont Yankee.[94]
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Communication
• Broadband coverage as of 2006[100] • Total Coverage = 87% • Cable = 68% • DSL = 69%

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• Wireless Internet Service Provider = 24% (Above percentages are of population, not of land area.) Generally, cell phone coverage in the state outside of the major metropolitan areas is weak due to interference from mountains. Attempts to serve a small rural population living in a large area renders investment in improvements uneconomical.[101] Unicel, which focused on rural areas and covered much of the state, is now owned by AT&T.[102] In May 2007, Vermont passed measures intended to make broadband (3 mbits minimum) together with cellular coverage universally available to all citizens with the intention of having the first e-state in the Union by 2010.[103] In 2008 Comcast started to extend additional cable access throughout the state.[104] In 2007, 2/3 of all Vermonters had access to cable. At the end of this 2008 initiative, 90% of Vermonters will have access.

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poorly in the issues in-between and planning for the future.[106]

Finances
Vermont is the only state in the union not to have a balanced budget requirement and yet Vermont has had a balanced budget every year since 1991.[107] In 2007, Moody’s Investors Service gave its top rating of Aaa to the state.[108] The state uses enterprise funds for operations that are similar to private business enterprises. The Vermont Lottery Commission, the Liquor Control Fund, and the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, are the largest of the State’s enterprise funds.[109]

Taxes
In 2007 Vermont stood 14th highest out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for state and local taxation, with a per capita load of $3,681. The national average was $3,447.[110] However, CNNMoney ranked Vermont highest in the nation based on the percentage of per capita income. The rankings showed Vermont had a per capita tax load of $5,387, 14.1% of the per capita income of $38,306.[111] Vermont collects personal income tax in a progressive structure of five different income brackets, with marginal tax rates ranging from 3.6% to 9.5%. Vermont’s general sales tax rate is 6%, and some localities impose an additional 1% Local Option Tax. Sales tax is imposed on sales of tangible personal property, amusement charges, and other items, while food, medical, and other items are exempted. Vermont does not collect inheritance taxes; however, its estate tax is decoupled from the federal estate tax laws and therefore the state still imposes its own estate tax. Property taxes Property taxes are imposed for the support of education and municipal services. Vermont does not assess tax on personal property.[112] Property taxes are levied by municipalities based on fair market appraisal of real property.[112] Rates vary from .97% on homesteaded property in Ferdinand, Essex County, to 2.72% on nonresidents’ property in Barre City.[113] Statewide, towns average 1.77% to 1.82% tax rate. In 2007, Vermont counties were among the highest in the country for property taxes.

Law and government
Vermont is federally represented in the United States Congress by two senators and one representative. The state is governed by a constitution which divides governmental duties into legislative, executive and judicial branches: the Vermont General Assembly, the Governor of Vermont and the Vermont Supreme Court. The governorship and the General Assembly serve two-year terms including the governor and 30 senators. There are no term limits for any office. The state capital is in Montpelier. There are three types of incorporated municipalities in Vermont: towns, cities, and villages. Like most of New England, there is slight provision for autonomous county government. Counties and county seats are merely convenient repositories for various government services such as County and State Courts, with several elected officers such as a State’s Attorney and Sheriff. All county services are directly funded by the State of Vermont. The next effective governmental level below state government are municipalities. Most of these are towns.[105] An in-depth evaluation of government ranked Vermont high compared to other states. It ranked highest in "small discrete issues and huge global ones." It performed

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Chittenden ($3,809 median), Windham ($3,412), Addison ($3,352), and Windsor ($3,327) ranked in the top 100, out of 1,817 counties in the nation with populations greater than 20,000. Twelve of the state’s 14 counties stood in the top 20%.[114] To equitably support education, some towns are required by Act 60 to send some of their collected taxes to be redistributed to school districts lacking adequate support.[115]

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Republican presidential candidates frequently won the state with over 70% of the vote. Republicans also dominated local Vermont politics from the party’s founding in 1854 until the mid-1970s. Prior to the 1960s, rural interests dominated the legislature. As a result, cities, particularly the older sections of Burlington and Winooski, were neglected and fell into decay. People began to move out to newer suburbs. In the meantime, many people had moved in from out of state. Much of this immigration included the arrival of more liberal political influences of the urban areas of New York and New England in Vermont.[122] In addition, a series of one man, one vote decisions made by the United States Supreme Court in the 1960s required states to redraw their legislative districts to more fairly reflect population. As a result, urban areas in Vermont began to regain some political power. These developments as well as the movement of the national GOP more towards the political right shifted Vermont in favor of the Democratic Party. In 1992, it supported Democrat Bill Clinton for president, the first time the state had done so since 1964, and has voted Democratic in every presidential election since. Vermont gave John Kerry his fourth-largest margin of victory in 2004. He won the state’s popular vote by 20 percentage points over incumbent George W. Bush, taking almost 59% of the vote. Essex County in the state’s northeastern section was the only county to vote for Bush. Vermont is the only state that did not receive a visit from George W. Bush when he was President of the United States. In the 2000 Presidential Elections, Bush was the first Republican in American history to win the White House without carrying Vermont. [123] Vermont gave Barack Obama his third largest winning margin (37 percentage points) winning there 68%-31%. On the other hand, Republican Governor Douglas won all counties but Windham in the 2006 election. Today, Vermont is one of only two states represented by a member of the United States Congress who does not currently associate with a political party: Senator Bernie Sanders describes his political views as democratic socialism, but is officially registered as an independent and caucuses with the Democrats in the selection of the Senate leadership.[124]

State lottery
Money from the Vermont Lottery supplied about 2% of the annual expenditures for education in 2007, contributing $23 million,[116] of the $1.3 billion of school spending.[117] Prior to 1998, profits from the lottery went to the state government’s general fund, but since then all profits are required to be spent on education.[118]

Politics
See also: Political party strength in Vermont, United States Congressional Delegations from Vermont, and Category:Vermont elections Vermonters have been known for their political independence. Vermont is one of four states that were once independent (the others being Texas, California, and Hawaii). It has sometimes voted contrarian in national elections. Notably, Vermont is the only state to have voted for a presidential candidate from the Anti-Masonic Party, and Vermont was one of only two states to vote against Franklin D. Roosevelt in all four of his presidential campaigns (the other was Maine). Vermont’s unique history and history of independent political thought has led to movements for the establishment of the Second Vermont Republic and other plans advocating secession.[119] In 2007, about 13% of Vermont’s population supported Vermont’s withdrawal from the Union. The percentage who supported this in 2005 was 8%.[120][121]

National politics
Historically, Vermont was considered one of the most reliably Republican states in the country in terms of national elections. Prior to the 1990s, Vermont had voted Democratic only once, in Lyndon Johnson’s landslide victory of 1964 against Barry Goldwater. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries,

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join Canada due to its liberal policies as opposed to remaining with the U.S.[130][131] The Vermont constitution and the courts supports the right of a person to walk (fish and hunt) on any unposted, unfenced land. That is trespass must be proven by the owner; it is not automatically assumed.[132] The state is an alcoholic beverage control state. In 2007, through the Vermont Department of Liquor Control, it took in over $14 million from the sale and distribution of liquor.[133]

Local politics
After the legislature was redistricted under one-person, one-vote in the 1960s, it passed legislation to accommodate the new arrivals to the state. This legislation was the Land Use and Development Law (Act 250) in 1970. The law, which was the first of its kind in the nation, created nine District Environmental Commissions consisting of private citizens, appointed by the Governor, who must approve land development and subdivision plans that would have a significant impact on the state’s environment and many small communities. As a result of Act 250, Vermont was the last state to get a Wal-Mart (there are now four in the state, as of December 2008, but only the Williston store was new construction). A recent controversy was over the adoption of civil unions, an institution which grants same-sex couples nearly all the rights and privileges of marriage at the state, but not federal, level. In Baker v. Vermont (1999), the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that, under the Constitution of Vermont, the state must either allow same-sex marriage or provide a separate but equal status for them. The state legislature chose the second option by creating the institution of civil union; the bill was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Howard Dean. In April 2009 the state legislature overrode the governor’s veto to allow same-sex marriage.[125] In September 2009, Vermont will become one of four states in which same-sex couples can marry[126] In 2007, when confronted with an allegedly liberal issue, assisted suicide for the terminally ill, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives rejected the measure by a vote of 82-63.[127] Minor parties flourish. Rules which eliminate smaller parties from the ballot in most states do not exist in Vermont. As a result, voters often have extensive choices for general elections. A political issue has been Act 60, which balances taxation for education funding. This has resulted in the town of Killington trying to secede from Vermont and join New Hampshire due to what the locals say is an unfair tax burden.[128][129] A movement favors separating Vermont from the U.S. or making it the 11th province of Canada. Some suggest the state should

Public health and safety
In 2008 Vermont was ranked number one in the nation as the healthiest place to live for the seventh time in eight years. Criteria included low teenage birth rate, strong health coverage, the lowest AIDS rate in the country, and 18 other factors.[134] The state scored well in cessation of smoking, obesity, fewer occupational fatalities, prevalence of health insurance, and low infant mortality. A problem area was a high prevalence of binge drinking.[135] In 2009, Vermont was ranked second in the nation for safety. Crime statistics on violence were used for the criteria.[136] Vermont has some of the least restrictive gun control laws in the country. A permit or license is not required for the purchase or concealed carry of a firearm (including handguns) by any lawabiding person.[137][138] In 2007, Vermont was ranked among the best five states in the country for preventing "premature death" in people under 75 years of age. The rate of survival was twice that of the five lowest performing states.[139] In 2007, Vermont was ranked the third safest state for highway fatalities.[140] In 2007, a third of fatal crashes involved a drunken driver.[141] In 2008, Vermont was the fifth best state for fewest uninsured motorists - 6%.[142] Parts of the state have been declared federal disaster areas on 28 occasions from 1963 to 2008.[143] In 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency cited Chittenden and Bennington as counties with 70 parts of smog per billion which is undesirable.[144] In northern Vermont particularly, moose are not uncommon, including in urban areas.[145] They constitute a traffic threat since they are unaware of vehicles. There are

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several deaths each year from automobiles striking moose. In 2008, about 100,000 Vermonters got their health care through the federal government, Medicare, Tri-Care and the Veteran’s Administration. An additional 10,000 work for employers who provide insurance under federal law under ERISA. About 20% of Vermonters receive health care outside of Vermont. 20% of the care provided within the state is to non-Vermonters.[146] In 2008, the state had an estimated 7.6% with no medical insurance, down from 9.8% in 2005.[147] In 2008, the Vermont Health Access Program for low-income, uninsured adults cost from $7 to $49 per month.[148] A "Catamount Health" premium assistance program was available for Vermonters who don’t qualify for other programs. Total monthly premiums ranged from $60 to $393 for an individual. There was a $250 deductible. Insured paid $10 toward each generic prescription. 16.9% of residents 18 to 35 were uninsured, the highest group.[149] In March 2008, The American State Litter Scorecard, presented at the American Society for Public Administration national conference, rated Vermont along with Minnesota a topmost Best state for overall litter/debris removals from public properties (roadways, streams, trails), resulting in a high environmental quality status for landscapes [150].

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Higher education
Experimentation at the University of Vermont by George Perkins Marsh, and later the influence of Vermont born philosopher and educator John Dewey brought about the concepts of electives and learning by doing. Today Vermont has five colleges within the Vermont State Colleges system, University of Vermont (UVM), fourteen other private, degree-granting colleges, including Bennington College, Burlington College, Champlain College, Goddard College, Marlboro College, Middlebury College, a private, co-educational liberal arts college founded in 1800, Saint Michael’s College, the Vermont Law School, and Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the United States and birthplace of ROTC, founded in 1819.

Sports
The largest professional franchise is the Vermont Lake Monsters, a single-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Washington Nationals, based in Burlington. They were named the Vermont Expos prior to 2006.[155] The Vermont Frost Heaves, the 2007 and 2008 American Basketball Association national champions, are a franchise of the Premier Basketball League, and have been based in Barre and Burlington since the fall of 2006. Vermont is home to a semi-professional football team, the Vermont Ice Storm,[156] based in South Hero.[157] It plays its home games at the Colchester High School stadium. It is a member of the Empire Football League. The Vermont Voltage is a USL Premier Development League soccer club that plays in St. Albans. Annually since 2002, high school statewide all stars compete against New Hampshire in ten sports during "Twin State" playoffs.[158]

Education
Vermont was named the nation’s smartest state in 2005 and 2006.[151] In 2006, there was a gap between state testing standards and national which is biased in favor of the state standards by 30%, on average. This puts Vermont 11th best in the nation. Most states have a higher bias.[152] However, when allowance for race is considered, a 2007 US Government list of test scores shows Vermont white fourth graders performed 25th in the nation for reading (229), 26th for math (247).[153] White eight graders scored 18th for math (292) and 12th for reading (273). The first three scores were not considered statistically different from average. White eighth graders scored significantly above average in reading. Statistics for black students were not reliable because of their small representation in the testing. The average effective spending per pupil in Vermont was $11,548 in 2008.[154]

Cultural pursuits
Vermont festivals include the Vermont Maple Festival, Festival on the Green,[159] the Enosburg Falls Dairy Festival, the Apple Festival (held each Columbus Day Weekend), the Marlboro Music Festival, and the Vermont Mozart Festival. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is supported by the state and performs throughout the area. The Poetry

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Society of Vermont publishes a literary magazine called The Green Mountain Troubadore which encourages submissions from members of various ages. Every year they hold various contests - one being for high school age young people. The Brattleboro-based Vermont Theatre Company presents an annual summer Shakespeare festival. Brattleboro also hosts the summertime Strolling of the Heifers parade which celebrates Vermont’s unique dairy culture. Montpelier is home to the annual Green Mountain Film Festival. In the Northeast Kingdom, the Bread and Puppet Theatre holds weekly shows in Glover in a natural outdoor amphitheater. One of Vermont’s best known musical exports was the group Phish, whose members met while attending school in Vermont and played its final concert in the state. The rate of volunteerism in Vermont was 8th in the nation with 37% in 2007. The state stood first in New England.[160]

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• State tree - sugar maple Vermont is distinct for being among only three U.S. states with both a state seal and a coat of arms. Vermont is the only U.S. state to have a heraldically correct blazon describing its coat of arms.

Notable Vermonters
Vermont is the birthplace of former presidents Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur.

Notable fictional Vermonters
• Vermont was the original home of the fictional villain Simon Legree in the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. • Vermont was also the home of Dick Loudon, Bob Newhart’s character on the 1980s sitcom Newhart. All action supposedly took place in Vermont. • Vermont was the home of Pollyanna and her Aunt Polly in the novel Pollyanna.[161] • In the first seasons of M*A*S*H Alan Alda’s character "Hawkeye Pierce" was from Vermont, though in later seasons he referred to Crabapple Cove, Maine as home. • In the Marvel Comics shared universe, Vermont is home of the superhero team the Garrison. • In the novels of Bret Easton Ellis and some of his contemporaries, Vermont is home to Camden College (based on Bennington) and most of his characters attended there. Donna Tartt’s analogous Hampden College is exactly the same.

State symbols

See also
• Index of Vermont-related articles

References
The hermit thrush is Vermont’s state bird. State symbols include: • State song - "These Green Mountains," • Unofficial favorite state song - Moonlight in Vermont • Beverage - milk • Pie - apple pie • State flower - red clover • State mammal - Morgan horse • State rock - granite, marble, and slate [1] ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/ popest/states/tables/NSTEST2008-01.csv. Retrieved on 2009-01-29. [2] ^ "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. April 29, 2005. http://erg.usgs.gov/isb/ pubs/booklets/elvadist/

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Chelsea Green Publishing Company: 2000. ISBN 1-890132-74-8. • Sletcher, Michael. New England. Westport, CT, 2004. • Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer. DeLorme: 2000. ISBN 0-89933-322-2. • Van de Water, Frederic Franklyn (1974). The Reluctant Republic: Vermont 1724–1791. The Countryman Press. ISBN 0-914378-02-3.

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• Albers, Jan Hands on the Land: A History of the Vermont Landscape. MIT Press: 2000. ISBN 0-262-01175-1. • Allen, Ira (1969) [1798]. The natural and political history of the State of Vermont, one of the United States of America. Charles E. Tuttle Company. ISBN 0-8048-0419-2. • Bryan, Frank, and John McClaughry. "The Vermont Papers: Recreating Democracy on a Human Scale." Chelsea Green Publishing: 1989. ISBN 0-930031-19-9. • Cohen, David Elliot, and Rick Smolan. Vermont 24/7. DK Publishing: 2004. ISBN 0-7566-0086-3. • Coffin, Howard. Full Duty: Vermonters in the Civil War. The Countryman Press: 1995. ISBN 0-88150-349-5. • Doyle, William T. "The Vermont Political Tradition and Those Who Helped Make It." Doyle Publisher: 1987. ISBN 0-9615486-1-4. • Duffy, John J., et al. Vermont: An Illustrated History. American Historical Press: 2000. ISBN 1-892724-08-1. • Duffy, John J., et al. The Vermont Encyclopedia. University Press of New England: 2003. ISBN 1-58465-086-9. • Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of Vermont. Vermont: A guide to the Green Mountain State. Houghton Mifflin: 1937. • Grant, Kim, et al. Vermont: An Explorer’s Guide. The Countryman Press: 2002. ISBN 0-88150-519-6. • Hunter, Preston. "Religion in Vermont". Adherents.com. • Klyza, Christopher McGrory, and Stephen C. Trombulak. The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History. University Press of New England: 1999. ISBN 0-87451-936-5. • Potash, P. Jeffrey, et al. Freedom and Unity: A History of Vermont. Vermont Historical Society: 2004. ISBN 0-934720-49-5. • Meeks, Harold A. Vermont’s Land and Resources, The New England Press: 1968. ISBN 0-933050-40-2. • Rodgers, Steve. Country Towns of Vermont. McGraw-Hill: 1998. ISBN 1-56626-195-3. • Sherman, Joe. Fast Lane on a Dirt Road: A Contemporary History of Vermont.

External links
General • Vermont at the Open Directory Project Government • Energy Data & Statistics for Vermont • Vermont Agriculture • Vermont Department of Labor • Vermont government official website • Vermont League of Cities and Towns • Vermont State Facts • Roads compared to other states Maps and Demographics • Earthquake facts, Vermont • USGS real-time, geographic, and other scientific resources of Vermont • "Vermont QuickFacts" U.S. Census Bureau. Tourism & recreation • Skimaven ski blog All about alpine, backcountry and cross-country skiing in Vermont. • Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Business • Vermont Chamber of Commerce Culture & history • Vermont Native American Museum & Cultural Center • Central Vermont: Explore History in the Heart of the Green Mountains, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary • Vermont Arts Council • Vermont Historical Society. • Vermont stone quarry information on Stone Quarries and Beyond • “In the Marble Hills” (of Vermont), by Rowland E. Robinson, in Century Magazine, 1890, article on Stone Quarries and Beyond. • “The Marble Mountains” (of Vermont), by Edwin B. Child, article in Scribner’s Magazine, May 1905, article on Stone Quarries and Beyond.

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Preceded by Rhode Island List of U.S. states by date of statehood Admitted on March 4, 1791 (14th) Succeeded by Kentucky

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• “In the Marble Quarries of Vermont,” Popular Mechanics, October 1914, article on Stone Quarries and Beyond. Online Media

• Radio Free Vermont Coordinates: 44°00′N 72°42′W / 44°N 72.7°W / 44; -72.7

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