Moving to Vermont

Home to charming towns, Phish, farm-to-table dining, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (along with claiming the title of the nation’s largest maple syrup producer), Vermont offers a lot in a small package. Despite its tiny size, the Green Mountain State also has the second smallest population in the nation, which means residents still have plenty of room to stretch out their legs. Voted the healthiest state in the union, filled with awe-inspiring scenery, and offering growing opportunities for building a great life, Vermont presents a lovely alternative to the crowded living in most parts of the Northeast. 

Are you considering a move to Vermont? If so, you’ve come to the right page. Great Guys Long Distance Movers has created this informative guide to moving to Vermont (conveniently separated into the following sections). We hope this helps make your decision much easier!

  1. Things to Consider Before Moving to Vermont
  2. Top Places to Live Here to the New England State
  3. Comprehensive Interstate Moving Checklist
  4. Great Guys Affordable, Quality Moving Services
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Living in Vermont: What to Know Before Moving to Vermont

Moving to the Green Mountain State? Before you pack, consider the following things before heading to the 6th smallest (9,614 square miles) and 2nd least populous state (627,000 residents).

Pros and Cons of Living in Vermont

Pros: 

  • Jaw-dropping scenery: Vermont is like the most beautiful painting of an unspoiled, four-season landscape you’ve ever seen, complete with forested mountains and rolling hills. 
  • Close to Canada: With Montreal less than two hours away by car, Vermonters can easily take day trips and convenient vacations to the Great White North.
  • Healthiest state: The New England state has once again been named the country’s healthiest state by the United Health Foundation. That’s four times in a row!
  • Snow activities galore: With a bunch of snow comes a plethora of snow sports. Locals and visitors alike enjoy topnotch skiing and snowboarding at places like Sugarbush Resort.
  • A simple approach to life: Devoid of billboards and filled with farms, Vermont has a charming and traditional New England vibe that its residents are proud to maintain.
  • Competitive housing prices: You can find many small and mid-sized towns that offer reasonable housing costs. Ski towns, on the other hand, are where the prices start to go up.
  • Spacious surroundings: Second only to Montana when it comes to the least populous states, the state has a population of fewer than 630,000 residents. Lack of crowding means less congestion and more room for yourself.

Cons:

  • Harsh winters: Snow gets so ridiculous here that sometimes residents even have to shovel their roofs! Once the snow all melts away, winter white transforms to mud season (more on that below).
  • The higher cost of living: Along with high taxes, the cost of food, heating (especially during long winters), and other living expenses are higher than the national average.
  • Lack of new development: Many Vermonters oppose certain changes, which has unfortunately led to a lack of job opportunities and diversified industries.
  • High rent: As we noted in the ‘pros’ section, housing prices can be quite reasonable. Rent, on the other hand, can be particularly pricey due to a low inventory of rental properties.
  • Lack of diversity: Looking for cultural and ethnic diversity? If so, you may want to reconsider a move here. Regardless, locals are a generally friendly bunch.
  • Mud season: Okay, so remember how we mentioned this up top? Once winter ends, the ground gets extremely soaked and turns into some of the worst mud you’ll ever witness.
  • Weird laws: As with most US states, Vermont is no stranger to bizarre laws. For instance, you may not whistle underwater. Also, it’s against the law to keep doves in a freezer.

Tax Rates

  • Property Tax: 1.83%. Vermont’s effective real-estate tax rate is #45 lowest in the US.
  • Sales Tax: Base sales tax rate: 6%. Combined with local taxes, it ranges from 6–7%.
  • Income Tax: 3.55–9.4%. The state has a progressive state income tax (five brackets).

Housing Market

To Rent or Buy? Overall, it is a better option to buy rather than rent in Vermont. The average mortgage is $1,233. The average monthly rent is $1,612. Another incentive is the Remote Worker Grant Program, which pays new residents with out-of-state employers up to $10,000 to cover moving and housing costs.

  • Median Home Value: $208,800
  • Median Rental Expense: $971 (1BR), $1,226 (2BR)

Cheapest Places to Live in Vermont:

  1. Enosburg Falls
  2. Poultney
  3. Newport
  4. St. Albans
  5. Swanton
  6. Rutland
  7. Montpelier
  8. North Bennington
  9. Vergennes
  10. Lyndonville

Cost of Living

According to the Cost of Living in Vermont by BestPlaces, Vermont has a cost of living index of 101.0. This index is slightly above the nationwide index of 100.

Using EPI’s Family Budget Calculator, we can compare the average monthly costs in three Vermont areas. We’ll use a family of four for these examples (2 adults + 2 children). 

Montpelier (Washington County):

  1. Housing = $1,064
  2. Food = $969
  3. Childcare = $1,119
  4. Transportation = $1,248
  5. Healthcare = $1,310
  6. Other necessities = $820
  7. Taxes = $1,008
  8. Grand total = $7,538 per month or $90,456 per year

Norwich (Windsor County):

  1. Housing = $1,074
  2. Food = $999
  3. Childcare = $1,153
  4. Transportation = $1,255
  5. Healthcare = $1,310
  6. Other necessities = $836
  7. Taxes = $1,038
  8. Grand total = $7,666 per month or $91,988 per year

Charlotte (Chittenden County):

  1. Housing = $1,504
  2. Food = $885
  3. Childcare = $1,649
  4. Transportation = $1,253
  5. Healthcare = $1,333
  6. Other necessities = $964
  7. Taxes = $1,392
  8. Grand total = $8,981 per month or $107,767 per year

Weather & Natural Disasters

The state of Vermont has a humid continental climate. As with other New England states, it enjoys distinct four seasons (though the winter can be especially long). This results in snowy winters, muddy springs, warm & humid summers, and colorful autumns. 

The rural northeastern region of Vermont (known as the Northeast Kingdom) sees colder temperatures compared to the southern portion of the state, particularly during winter months. The Green Mountain State is among the Top 10 coldest states in America during the winter season.

Climate Statistics:

  1. Average rainfall – 43 inches
  2. Average snowfall – 86 inches
  3. Sunshine – 167 sunny days
  4. Summer high – 79°F (July)
  5. Winter low – 6°F (January)

Vermont is one of the Top 10 states safest from natural disasters. It also ranks high in emergency preparedness. Of course, this doesn’t exclude the northeastern state from disasters.

Natural Disaster – Threats & Risks:

  1. Flooding
  2. Winter Storms
  3. Severe Thunderstorms
  4. Landslides
  5. Earthquakes
  6. Drought

Economy & Job Market

According to Economy Rankings by US News & World Report, Vermont is currently ranked #29 in the United States. This score depends on three subcategories: the business environment (#28), employment (#21), and growth (#31). Its GDP is approximately $32.5 billion, and the median income is $32,443.

Through its key industries – manufacturing, tech, energy, and agriculture – Vermont continues to strive as a great place to start a business or thrive as an entrepreneur.

Top Industries:

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Software Development
  3. Financial Services & Insurance
  4. Renewable Energy & Green Businesses
  5. Food, Beverage & Consumer Goods
  6. Tourism & Outdoor Recreation
  7. Education
  8. Healthcare
  9. Professional & Creative Services

Top Employers:

  1. University of Vermont (Shelburne)
  2. State of Vermont (Montpelier)
  3. Bruegger’s (Burlington)
  4. Casella Waste Systems (Rutland)
  5. Killington Resort (Killington)
  6. Stratton Mountain (Stratton)
  7. Mack Group (Arlington)
  8. HUBER + SUHNER (Essex Junction)
  9. PC Construction (South Burlington)
  10. GW Plastics (Bethel)
  11. Bowl New England (Colchester)
  12. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (Bennington)
  13. Burton Snowboards (Burlington)
  14. National Life Group (Montpelier)
  15. Ben & Jerry’s (South Burlington)
  16. Dealer.com (Burlington)
  17. SAASS MicroTec (Waterbury)
  18. Sugarbush Resort (Warren)
  19. Northwestern Medical Center (Saint Albans)
  20. Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 

Looking for work in Vermont? Here are some handy resources:

  1. Vermont.gov page: Working in Vermont
  2. Job search: Indeed, LinkedIn, CollegeRecruiter, CareerBuilder
  3. Resume help: Monster, TopResume, ResumeRobin

Traffic and Transportation

Though a small state, Vermont nonetheless offers plenty of choices for getting around. In 2019, the governor signed legislation allowing for the investment of over $600 million into the state’s transportation system (as well as boosting truck-driving opportunities for military veterans).

Major Forms of Transportation:

  1. Air (including Burlington International Airport)
  2. Bus (including Greyhound and county transit)
  3. Limousine (such as Burlington Limo & Car Service)
  4. Taxi Services (New England Taxi and Interstate Taxi)
  5. Ferries (including Lake Champlain Ferries)
  6. Train (Amtrak: Vermonter and Ethan Allen Express)
  7. Go Vermont (commuting and ridesharing program)
  8. Bicycle Riding and Commuting
  9. Vanpool and Carpool
  10. Personal vehicle

Primary Interstate & US Highways:

  1. Interstate 89: Winding north-south through Burlington, Waterbury, and Montpelier, this interstate connects Vermont to Quebec and New Hampshire.
  2. Interstate 91: I-91 runs north-south along most of Vermont’s eastern border, from Massachusetts to its termination at the Canadian border.
  3. Interstate 93: I-93 is another north-south interstate, that provides the northeastern part of the state with a direct route to Boston.
  4. Interstate 189: This small spur off of I-89 connects South Burlington to Hwy 7.
  5. Route 289: Route 289 is a 4-mile road connecting roadways around Essex, VT.
  6. US 2: US Hwy 2 runs east-west through the state from Alburg on the NY border to Guildhall on the New Hampshire border.
  7. US 4: US Hwy 4 cuts east-west through the middle of the state, connecting the towns of Castleton, Rutland, Killington, and Woodstock to New York and New Hampshire.
  8. US 5: This 300-mile road runs north-south through the state, paralleling I-91 for much of its course. It starts in New Haven, CT, and terminates in Derby Line, VT, on the Canadian border.
  9. US 7: On the western side of the state, US Hwy 7, runs north-south, from the Green Mountain National Forest through Burlington, and terminating at Highgate State Park on the border with Canada.
  10. US 302: A small spur of Hwy 302 connects Vermont to New Hampshire, before terminating in Portland, ME.

According to Best and Worst States to Drive In by WalletHub, Vermont comes in at #37 in the country. WalletHub determines its ratings based on four subcategories: cost of ownership & maintenance (#40), traffic & infrastructure (#26), safety (#11), and access to vehicles & maintenance (#35).

Things to Do

Though it’s known for its superb skiing, Vermont offers much more than just powdery slopes and ski lodges. Below, we’ve included our top picks for fun stuff to do and see in The Green Mountain State!

Tourist Destinations:

The State of Freedom and Unity is home to family-friendly attractions and tasty destinations.

  • Ben & Jerry’s Tour: Their delicious ice cream and unique flavors are legendary. If you’re a fan, you should check out the factory tour in Waterbury.
  • Vermont Teddy Bear Factory: Ever wanted to know how the famous teddy bears are made? You’re in luck! Enjoy a tour led by one of the friendly Bear Ambassadors.
  • Cabot Creamery: We’ve already covered how Vermont is the mecca of maple syrup, but did you know it’s also a cheese lover’s paradise? Visit this creamery that made VT cheddar famous.
  • Church Street Marketplace: Consisting of four blocks in downtown Burlington, this acclaimed outdoor mall is home to excellent shopping and dining.
  • Ethan Allen Homestead: This 200-year-old homestead was occupied by Burlington’s celebrated hometown hero, who safeguarded Vermont and aided the Continental Army.

Food & Drink:

Along with world-famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Vermont is home to leading farm-to-table dining delights, steeped in tradition and small-scale, hyper-local sourcing.

  • Top All-You-Can-Eat: Lucky Buffet (St. Albans)
  • Top Bar: Ye Olde Tavern (Manchester)
  • Top Craft Brewery: The Alchemist Brewery (Waterbury)
  • Top Brunch: Penny Cluse Café (Burlington)
  • Top Burger: Al’s French Frys (Burlington)
  • Top Chocolate Shop: Lake Champlain Chocolates (Burlington)
  • Top Coffee Shop: Maglianero (Burlington)
  • Top Doughnuts: Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts (Manchester)
  • Top Farmers Market: Burlington Farmers’ Market (Burlington)
  • Top Food Truck: Farmers and Foragers (Burlington)

State Parks:

Want to explore Vermont’s stunning natural beauty? Consider these popular state parks:

  • Smugglers Notch State Park: Formerly a smuggling path along 1,000-foot cliffs, this park now offers awesome hiking, biking, rock climbing, and picnicking. Located in Stowe.
  • Mount Philo State Park: Located in Charlotte, this state park offers a relatively easy hike up Mount Philo, along with picnic tables for a relaxing meal. 
  • Camel’s Hump: Connected by the Long Trail, this Montpelier peak (at almost 4,100 feet) is accessible from Mount Mansfield and offers an incredible view. 
  • Jamaica State Park: Looking for comfortable hiking for all levels and ages? This easy-going park in Jamaica also offers camping, fishing, and enjoyment of the Hamilton Falls. 
  • Quechee State Park: Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Hartford annually to check out the Quechee Gorge and utilize the spacious campsites at this state park.

Museums:

There are some amazing museums in Vermont. Here’s our top 10 selection:

  • Shelburne Museum: Collection of 80,000+ pieces of folk art and other works.
  • Hildene (The Lincoln Family Home): Home of Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Lincoln.
  • The Art of Humor Gallery: Features the work of cartoonist/artist Skip Morrow.
  • Montshire Museum of Science: This hands-on science museum in Norwich has 140+ exhibits.
  • Vermont Toy Museum: At this museum, you can peruse an impressive collection of memorabilia, action figures, and arcade games.
  • Remarkable Things at Stowe Craft: This art gallery features art and jewelry with a focus on sustainability.
  • Billings Farm & Museum: Tucked beneath a hillside in Woodstock, this attraction boasts an acclaimed outdoor history museum as well as an operating dairy farm. 
  • Ziemke Glass Blowing Studio: Offers observation room and glasswork by Glenn Ziemke.
  • Bennington Museum: This museum focuses on art, history, and innovation from the state of Vermont.
  • Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium: Resembles a storybook castle with toys and antiques.

Cool & Unusual:

Looking for something off the beaten path in Vermont? Consider the following: 

  • Rock of Ages Granite Quarry: Offers a glimpse into the world’s largest deep-hole granite quarry (from which many a gravestone originated). There’s also a granite bowling alley.
  • Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard: The phrase ‘sweetest graveyard probably doesn’t come to mind very often, but it will with these headstones erected for former Ben & Jerry’s flavors.
  • Dog Chapel: Found in St. Johnsbury, this chapel was created by folk artist Stephen Huneck to commemorate the bond between humans and our beloved furry friends.
  • East Corinth: Fan of Tim Burton? How about his film Beetlejuice? Visit the town where this brilliantly bizarre comedy, starring Michael Keaton, was filmed back in the late 80s.
  • Tallest Filing Cabinet on Earth: We round out our list with the tallest ode to organization you’ll find on the planet. Gazing up at its 38 drawers, you’ll be at awe with the piece by artist Bren Alvarez.

Schools and Universities

Ranked #3 among states with the best schools by USA Today, Vermont boasts the highest public-school funding in the nation (at $20,795 per student). It also has the 11th highest high-school graduation rate at nearly 88%. As for higher education, the tiny state is chock-full of sought-after colleges and universities.

Top VT Colleges:

  1. Middlebury College (Middlebury)
  2. University of Vermont (Burlington)
  3. St. Michael’s College (Colchester)
  4. Champlain College (Burlington)
  5. Norwich University (Northfield)
  6. Bennington College (Bennington)
  7. Vermont Technical College (Randolph Center)
  8. Castleton University (Castleton)
  9. Landmark College (Putney)
  10. Marlboro College (Marlboro)

Top VT Public School Districts:

  1. Champlain Valley School District (Shelburne)
  2. South Burlington School District (South Burlington)
  3. Essex Westford School District (Essex Junction)
  4. Addison Central School District (Middlebury)
  5. Mount Mansfield Modified Unified School District #401B (Jericho)
  6. Woodstock Union High School District (Woodstock)
  7. Stowe School District (Stowe)
  8. Montpelier School District (Montpelier)
  9. Colchester School District (Colchester)
  10. Harwood Unified Union School District (Waitsfield)

How to Become a Vermont Resident

A resident of Vermont is defined as an individual that lives in the state (domiciled) and has a permanent place to live here (either a long-term rental or home that is purchased), along with physically living in the state for at least 183 days out of the year. 

As previously mentioned in the ‘Housing Market’ section, through what’s called the Remote Worker Grant Program, the state is currently offering up to $10,000 to remote workers that move to Vermont. 

As for in-state tuition, each college and university has its own interpretation and set of qualifications. Make sure to read the fine print when it comes to applying for in-state status. 

Moving to Vermont DMV

Acquiring a new driver’s license:

After moving to the state, drivers have 60 days to obtain a VT driver’s license.

Steps to getting a new license:

  1. Establish Vermont residency
  2. Visit your local DMV office
  3. Provide proof of identity & age, lawful status in the US, social security number, and VT residency
  4. Present current out-of-state license
  5. Pass a vision screening 
  6. Surrender current license
  7. Pay licensing fee
  8. Wait for new license to arrive by mail

Vehicle registration:

New VT residents must register an out-of-state vehicle within 60 days

First, you must get a VT driver’s license. Next, present the following to the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles: 1) a completed vehicle registration application 2) The current title 3) A current odometer reading 4) Proof of payment of vehicle taxes paid in previous state 5) Vehicle identification number (VIN) verification 6) Proof of liability insurance 7) Payment for applicable fees and taxes.

Upon completion of the above steps, new residents have 15 days to have the vehicle inspected by a Vermont Licensed Inspection Station. You then will be issued new VT plates.

To qualify to vote, you must:

  1. Be a United States citizen
  2. Be a legal Vermont State resident
  3. 18 years or older on election day
  4. Take or have taken the Voter’s Oath

If you are 16 years of age or older, you can pre-register to vote. You may register to vote online, by mail, or in-person (via your local municipal clerk). All registrants are required to take the Voter’s Oath. The state allows early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Automatic registration occurs when you visit a DMV or another government agency. Voters are only required to present ID if it’s their first time voting.

*Note: Convicted felons in Vermont never lose their voting rights in the state.

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Best Places to Live in Vermont

Northern Vermont

South Burlington

Population: 19,000
Median Home Value: $305,000

First on our tour of Northern Vermont, we stop in South Burlington. Home to Ben & Jerry’s (and the state’s largest mall, University Mall), this small city of under 20,000 is either the #1 or #2 best place to live in the state, depending on whether you talk to someone from South Burlington or Norwich. Some 62% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are exceptional.

What makes South Burlington so special? First, the public schools are ranked in the top percentile nationwide. Love food? The local foodie scene is amazing. Offering a wide variety of cuisines (from Nepali to Turkish and Thai), South Burlington’s food scene also boasts award-winning craft beer, cheeses, the list goes on. Public transportation is convenient, and the town’s healthcare is world-class. Surrounded by greenery and trees, this gem also has no shortage of hiking trails and scenic routes. Oh, and this is also a super dog-friendly place to boot!

  • Top public schools: South Burlington High School, Essex High School, Orchard School, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, and Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School. 
  • Top private schools: Vermont Commons School, Rice Memorial High School, Kids & Fitness, The Schoolhouse, and Centerpoint School. 
  • Top colleges: Advanced Welding Institute and O’Brien’s Aveda Institute.

As one of the top states that people moved to last year, Vermont is having its moment, and this city is a big reason for that. Offering great job opportunities, superb education, and low crime rates, South Burlington is a great place for families, young professionals, and retirees alike.

Charlotte

Population: 3,800
Median Home Value: $535,200

Our next stop takes us to one of Vermont’s top tiny towns, Charlotte. Considered the second-best place to raise a family in the state, it is beautifully situated on the shoreline of Champlain Lake (south of Burlington and Shelburne). A testament to the town’s affordability, some 91% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are fantastic.

Filled with Vermont vibe, Charlotte is the type of town you dream of when the state comes to mind. Two top attractions are Dakin Farms and the Basin Harbor Maritime Museum. It is also home to Mount Philo, perfect for a nice hike or camping. Another aspect of this town that shines is its local schools. On top of that, Burlington is only 10 minutes away, which offers a quick commute for work, play, or school in the state’s largest urban area. The ferry on Lake Champlain also provides access to Essex, New York.

Need to consider educational options? Top public schools serving the Charlotte area include Champlain Union High School, Charlotte Central School, and Willsboro Central School. The University of Vermont and Champlain University are a short drive away in the city of Burlington.

Are you looking for the quintessential charm of a small Vermont town? You’ve found it in Charlotte.

Jericho

Population: 5,000
Median Home Value: $346,400

Jericho, located in Chittenden County, is considered the #1 place to buy a house in Vermont. Gifted with views of gorgeous trees and Vermont’s tallest mountain, Mount Mansfield, Jericho is the epitome of countryside living. 89% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are highly rated.

As a close-knit community, Jericho offers a rural lifestyle at its finest. It is a safe, clean, and friendly place filled with folks that tend to be family-oriented. Along with many historical areas to visit, the town also hosts several annual events like the Underhill Harvest Market (every September) and the summertime Jericho Famer’s Market. On the downside, there isn’t much to do here aside from these events and outdoor activities (which, for some, is a big selling point). If you’re looking to explore or commute, Burlington and Waterbury are just 20 minutes away, north and south, respectively.

Are you raising children? Top public schools serving the Jericho area include Mt. Mansfield Union High School, Camels Hump Middle School (CHMS), Browns River Middle School, Jericho Elementary School, and Underhill ID School. Looking for private education? Consider Saxon Hill School.

Offering a quaint and timeless appeal, Jericho is a great place to purchase a home and settle down.

Montpelier

Population: 7,500
Median Home Value: $255,700

As we continue our tour, we find ourselves in Montpelier. This city of less than 8,000 is both the capital of Vermont and the #1 place to live in Washington County. 55% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are highly ranked.

As a prime example of what a small city should be, Montpelier combines modern amenities with small-town feel perfectly. Here’s a short list of what it has to offer: topnotch schools, vibrant culture, amazing shops & restaurants, bookstores, theatres, and a downtown that is both dynamic and historical. As for work and educational opportunities, the city is home to the state government, the New England Culinary Institute, top insurance companies, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts, to name a few.

Are you seeking the best academics options? Top public schools serving Montpelier are Montpelier High School, Main Street School, Union Elementary School, and Berlin Elementary School. Top colleges are Community College of Vermont, New England Culinary Institute, and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Those in search of a cozy, lively city in Vermont will love living in Montpelier.

Shelburne

Population: 7,700
Median Home Value: $400,000

Known for its friendly community, Shelburne is one of the top places to spend your golden years in The Green Mountain State. 71% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are stellar.

Situated on the shores of Lake Champlain, Shelburne is a wonderful suburb of the Burlington. Houses are spacious, and there are a variety of activities (from nearby world-class skiing and shopping to artisan events and a farmers market). Also, Burlington is just a 10 minute or so drive away, offering a quick commute or day trip to the most populous city in Vermont. As for drawbacks, the town seriously lacks ethnic diversity – virtually 100% of the population is white.

Are you looking for K–12 educational options? Top private schools serving the Shelburne area include Champlain Valley Union High School, Shelburne Community School, and Willsboro Central School. Considering private schooling? Check out Lake Champlain Waldorf School and Heartworks Preschool.

Whether you’re retiring or starting to grow a family, Shelburne is a safe and welcoming community ideal for making fond memories.

Southern Vermont

Cornwall

Population: 1,100
Median Home Value: $310,600

As we make our way to Southern Vermont, we stop in the charming small town of Cornwall. Nestled in Addison County, this is the quintessential New England rural village (along with being the #1 place to raise children in the area). 77% of residents own their homes, and public schools are highly rated.

Surrounded by local farms and beautiful nature, Cornwall is as classic as it is peaceful. If you’re looking for the quintessential rural lifestyle, this is it. The schools are great, and medical services and other amenities are more than adequate. The classic houses here are spacious and reasonably priced (as well as highly sought-after). On the downside, public transportation is pretty much non-existent (meaning you need your own vehicle), and there are only a handful of businesses in the local area.

Top public schools serving the Cornwall area include Cornwall School, Middlebury Union High School, and Middlebury Union Middle School.

Want to move to the rural portion of Southern Vermont and raise a family? Cornwall is our top pick.

Middlebury

Population: 8,500
Median Home Value: $247,900

Next, we have another phenomenal town located in Addison County. Considered the overall top place to live in the county, Middlebury is a small town with a big heart. Some 51% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are highly ranked.

Home to Middlebury College, the shire town of Middlebury offers a refreshing mix of small-town living and college-town atmosphere. Locals are known as being exceptionally friendly and supporting, giving each other a hand when needed. There is also an eclectic mix of people, shops, cafes, restaurants, and more. Quaint, charming, and safe, you’ll feel right at home here! 

Are you looking for the best academic options in Middlebury? Top public schools serving the area include Middlebury Union High School, Middlebury Union Middle School, and Mary Hogan School. Top private schools are St. Mary’s School and Bridge School. Middlebury is also home to Middlebury College.

Looking for a great place to attend college or raise kids? Middlebury should definitely be on your radar.

Norwich

Population: 3,300
Median Home Value: $451,300

We end our tour of Vermont with a bang. As both the #1 place to live overall and the #1 place to raise a family statewide, Norwich certainly does not disappoint. 79% of residents own their homes, and the public schools (as with pretty much every place on our list) are amazing.

Situated in Windsor County on the bank of the Connecticut River, Norwich earns its top spot. The stunning surroundings make for amazing hiking, kayaking, and a variety of other fun outdoor activities. Crime is incredibly low, and the economy is particularly healthy. Dartmouth College (5 minutes away in Hanover, NH) and the local hospital employ many of the town’s residents. There’s also a general grocery store, Dan & Whits Country Store, that is a town institution and the perfect place to meet and greet fellow Norwichians. As for the drawbacks of this quaint town, housing prices here are on the high end, but residents reap the reward of great amenities and much more. 

Top public schools serving the Norwich area include Marion W. Cross School, Dothan Brook School, Ottauquechee School, Hartford Memorial Middle School, and Hartford High School.

Whether you’re a young professional or a family person, you can’t go wrong with moving here. Norwich is simply the best place to call home in the state of Vermont. 

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How to Move to Vermont

Interstate moving doesn’t have to be frustrating. With proper preparation, you can experience a pleasant transition. Follow this handy interstate moving checklist for a smooth VT relocation.

Begin Early:

  • First off, don’t wait until the last minute. Give yourself and everyone involved at least two to three months to handle the logistics of your Vermont move. 
  • Begin by drafting a moving checklist. Include all the tasks you’ll need to perform (more on that below). While you’re at it, grab an organizing folder to store receipts and other documents.
  • Got some help? Great! It’s a lot easier when you have many helping hands. Get everyone together and assign tasks. Make sure to communicate each person’s role clearly.
  • Okay, so once you’ve handed out tasks, it’s time to make a weekly schedule. Place it in a highly visible area of your household (like the fridge or in a hallway). Make to refresh as needed.

Notify Important Parties:

  • Own a house? Get a hold of a real estate professional. Whether you’re selling or renting, they will be able to help you fetch a higher sale price or find reliable renters.
  • Rent an apartment? If so, notify your landlord early on. This forewarning will save you from any extra fees or issues with your security deposit. Don’t procrastinate! 
  • If you have employees or have any services (in-home care, lawn maintenance, etc.), be sure to give all parties at least one month’s notice before your move.
  • Don’t forget your family members, friends, and neighbors. It’s easy to get caught up in the hectic nature of moving, but you don’t want to be that person who forgets to notify close ones.

Book a VT Moving Company:

  • To start, comparison shop. Compare 3–5 fully licensed and insured companies.
  • Hire fully vetted and qualified movers ASAP for top rates and availability.
  • Are you looking for savings? Schedule a move during the non-peak season (winter and fall).
  • Great Guys makes it simple & cheap to find interstate movers. Click below!

Hire a Storage Service:

  • Have to renovate, travel, or stash extra items? It sounds like you need storage.
  • Many VT moving companies also provide short-term and long-term storage services.
  • Need help finding the right fit? Contact us today for a great storage solution.

Purge your Household:

  • Unload disused items to save space and, ultimately money.
  • To start, take inventory of all the stuff in your household.
  • One room at a time, begin to sort through your possessions.
  • Select the items you want to pack or discard — label or place in piles.
  • Any unwanted items can be sold online, donated to charity, or recycled.
  • Properly dispose of hazardous materials like oil, gasoline, and aerosol cans.

Start Packing Process:

  • DIY packing? If so, start in advance and spread out over a few weeks.
  • Grab quality moving supplies: boxes, tape, packing peanuts, etc.
  • When packing, place heavier items at the bottom of the box.
  • Another good tip is to pair items of similar size and pack together.
  • When dealing with heavy stuff, use smaller boxes for easier handling.
  • Fill extra space with packing peanuts or another appropriate material.
  • Finally, remember to thoroughly tape and clearly label each moving box.
  • Need help packing? We make it quick & affordable to hire pro packers!

Arrange for travel:

  • Flying? Buy airfare ASAP for the best rates and availability.
  • Driving? Have your vehicle inspected and serviced by a mechanic.
  • If doable, schedule to be at your new place ahead of moving truck.
  • A new resident must obtain a VT driver’s license or ID within 60 days.

Prep Kids and Pets:

  • Moving can be particularly disruptive for children and furry friends.
  • Take the time to explain the change (either with playtime or a story).
  • Remember to be kind, patient, and thoughtful during this process.
  • Whenever possible, try to maintain your kid’s normal routines.
  • For pets: plan a visit to the vet. Check out Vermont pet laws, too.
  • For little humans: schedule appointments with the dentist, physician, etc.
  • Make sure to transfer school transcripts and vital medical records.
  • If doable, plan a trip to your new home. Make an adventure out of it!
  • Moving day will be distracting. Schedule pet care and babysitting for your fur babies and kids.

Take Care of Utilities and Services:

  • Arrange to turn off current utilities (electricity, trash, gas, etc.) the day after moving.
  • Schedule for new services to be active when you arrive at your new home.
  • Update your address. To do so, visit a local post office or go online to USPS.com.
  • Remember to change your information for any home delivery and online services.

Hire Deep Cleaning Service:

  • Rent? Hire professional cleaners to protect your reference and deposit.
  • Own? Deep cleaning can go a long way when it comes to house showings.
  • Book other services: floor refinishing, painting, appliance repair, and so on.
  • If possible, have cleaners arrive once the movers have emptied your place.

Say Goodbye:

  • Commemorate your move with family, friends, and other loved ones.
  • It’s an emotional time for everyone. Be kind, present, and thankful.
  • Throw a house party, luncheon, group getaway, or individual meetups.
  • Spread out activities over a few days or weeks. Whatever works best.

Be Prepared for Moving Day:

  • A week before your move, confirm arrangements with the moving company.
  • Make a first night box. Include meds, snacks, clothing, toiletries, etc.
  • Do you still have food in your fridge or pantry? Donate the non-perishables or offer items to your neighbors to avoid waste.
  • Empty, clean, and sanitize all appliances. Taking the extra time to clean now will keep your fridge and other appliances mold-free.
  • If possible, stay in, relax, eat healthily, and sleep well the night before moving.
  • Moving day is here! Meet with your moving crew for clear communication.
  • Once everything is loaded, take one last tour of your old place.
  • Last but not least: remember to enjoy this new journey. Good luck!

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Storage

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Last Minute & Short Notice Moves

An unexpected move is super stressful. You may be asking yourself: who am I supposed to call on such short notice? Whether you’re facing eviction or just landed a new job in another state, we’re here to help. Breathe a sigh of relief while one of our last minute movers lends a helping hand.

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It’s finally here. Time to move your household. You may be feeling a little anxious about all the logistics involved. Fortunately, we make it easy to source a moving team that can take the stress off your shoulders. It’s never been more simple to hire dependable household movers.

Packing Services

Don’t have the time, energy, or capability to pack properly? You don’t have to do it alone. From partial packing to full-service packing, we can find you pro movers and packers. Have peace of mind that your fragile and valuable items will be wrapped, padded, crated, and boxed with care.

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