Northern Vermont is a great place to live. If you are considering a move to the North Country, you are not alone. In the past 10 years, the region, defined as the northern half of the state, has become a favorite spot for people looking for a great place to live and work, while surrounded by one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Whether your preference is to live near the water in the Lake Champlain Valley, the city of Burlington, the mountains of Stowe or the wide open spaces of the Northeast Kingdom, none will disappoint.
Don’t just take our word on how livable the region is. With the beautiful and outdoors-action-packed backdrop of the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, Northern Vermont tops many "Bests" lists and is frequently recognized for its livability and overall quality of life. The state’s relatively small population and land area make for easy community immersion as well as a postcard-worthy commute. Small town friendliness is met with a bustling college city vibe complete with a thriving arts and culture scene. (Northern Vermont boasts 8 colleges and universities) But far more than just a beautiful place to live, there are plenty of opportunities to find an even more peaceful pace in the surrounding forests, farm valleys, mountain towns and lakeside villages.
Love where you work. Employers include the University of Vermont, UVM Medical Center, Global Foundries, Keurig, Dealer.com to name just a few. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well within the ever growing Locavore movement and microbrew industry with more than a few local products gaining national acclaim.
If you love skiing, there are numerous options for you in Northern Vermont. Stowe, Smuggler’s Notch, Jay Peak & Q Burke Mountain Resort are among the best places in the Northeast to go. There are also great trails for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Vermont's Northeast Kingdom has one of the best trail systems in the world, known as Kingdom Trails, an impressive multi-use network of miles of scenic recreational trails.
Is water your thing? Northern Vermont is home to many freshwater lakes and ponds and are among its most treasured resources. The largest lakes are Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog, which were gouged out of the rock by glaciers and are known for great boating, swimming, camping and excellent cold water fishing. And for those hardy souls, there are plenty of locations to ice fish and plenty of rinks to skate.
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