These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Vermont

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by Chris Kolmar
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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in Vermont works hard, there’s a certain part of the Green Mountain State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Vermont .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be South Burlington which takes top honors for the hardest working place in Vermont. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in Vermont for a promotion:

  1. South Burlington
  2. Essex Junction
  3. Montpelier
  4. St. Albans
  5. Middlebury
  6. Winooski
  7. Vergennes
  8. Burlington
  9. Manchester Center
  10. Northfield

So listen up Bellows Falls as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Green Mountain State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 25 places in Vermont, we ranked each place from 1 to 25 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In Vermont”. And, at the end of the day, South Burlington had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. South Burlington

South Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,378College Graduates: 53.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.3

2. Essex Junction

Essex Junction, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,552College Graduates: 44.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.8
Workers Per Household: 1.4

3. Montpelier

Montpelier, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,760College Graduates: 52.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.3
Workers Per Household: 1.2

4. St. Albans

St. Albans, Vermont

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,889College Graduates: 26.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.9
Workers Per Household: 1.3

5. Middlebury


Population: 6,713 College Graduates: 50.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 30.9
Workers Per Household: 1.4

6. Winooski

Winooski, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,250College Graduates: 37.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 36.7
Workers Per Household: 1.4

7. Vergennes

Vergennes, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,579College Graduates: 35.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 36.6
Workers Per Household: 1.5

8. Burlington

Burlington, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,342College Graduates: 49.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 33.1
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Manchester Center


Population: 2,211 College Graduates: 31.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.6
Workers Per Household: 1.1

10. Northfield

Northfield, Vermont

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,677College Graduates: 26.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 34.6
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Vermont

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
South Burlington 1 18,378 53.9% 39.1 1.3
Essex Junction 2 9,552 44.1% 37.8 1.4
Montpelier 3 7,760 52.5% 37.3 1.2
St. Albans 4 6,889 26.7% 37.9 1.3
Middlebury 5 6,713 50.0% 30.9 1.4
Winooski 6 7,250 37.1% 36.7 1.4
Vergennes 7 2,579 35.5% 36.6 1.5
Burlington 8 42,342 49.1% 33.1 1.5
Manchester Center 9 2,211 31.2% 40.6 1.1
Northfield 10 2,677 26.4% 34.6 1.4
Swanton 11 2,389 11.4% 37.4 1.2
Brattleboro 12 7,132 35.0% 38.6 1.2
Morrisville 13 2,194 28.9% 37.0 1.1
Fair Haven 14 2,347 20.9% 39.6 1.3
White River Junction 15 2,327 21.7% 38.3 1.2
Barre 16 8,955 21.1% 37.3 1.2
Rutland 17 16,217 27.4% 37.1 1.2
Newport 18 4,535 18.2% 38.5 1.0
Springfield 19 3,913 14.3% 37.4 1.2
West Brattleboro 20 2,758 31.9% 35.3 1.2
St. Johnsbury 21 5,922 27.2% 37.0 1.1
Randolph 22 2,361 33.4% 33.5 1.1
Windsor 23 2,138 27.9% 35.8 1.1
Bennington 24 8,933 26.0% 35.9 1.1
Bellows Falls 25 2,766 14.1% 38.2 1.1

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