I made reference in my last post to making a list of over 100 reasons Vermont is better than Jersey, in an attempt to convince my sister and her family to move up here. Obviously, that means a lot of those reasons were specific to her, and to Jersey being inferior. That being said, I was asked to share my list. Even though it is constantly being added to, I thought I would go ahead and share an amended list; one that is slightly modified and compacted into 50 reasons.
Parenting.com made a bunch of ranking lists, including: (1-4)
- The Safest City in America
- The 2nd overall Best City
- The Best City for Education
- #2 in their 10 Best Cities for Families list
- Listed as the happiest small city in a Gallup survey
- Listed by the CDC as the healthiest state
- Great schools and teachers (see reason #3)
- Fresh, clean air (especially in comparison to Jersey. The original reason may have been something along the lines of, “it doesn’t smell like garbage here”)
- Cheaper living with more space
- Closer to family
- Awesome parks
- Lake Champlain! Great for kayaking, sailing, fishing and it was designated a Great Lake for a (very) short time. Sadly, Lake Champlian : Great Lake as Pluto : Planet
- Hot air balloon festival in Stowe
- Skiing, snowboarding, sledding and snow clean enough to play in
- Four seasons
- Leaf Peeping season
- Traffic/rush hour is almost non-existent
- Friendlier people
- Camping and hiking nearby
- Lots of farmers’ markets, artisan/craft fairs
- Family friendly. There was even a “families with kids under 10” sectioned-off viewing area at the Mardi Gras parade!
- Tons of Kids’ activities, play groups, open gyms, music, etc.
- FREE Community events and parades
- Cutest ever trick or treating event in the morning on Church St for little kids for Halloween
- Community swimming pools
- Apple picking, berry picking and cut your own Christmas trees
- World famous maple syrup; sugar houses and sugar on snow
- Lots of farms around = fresh, local produce and eggs, as well as local honey
- Farm shares
- Ben & Jerry’s and Cabot
- Local politicians and government agencies who actually listen and respond to people
- There are towns and there is rural country, and it’s not far in between the two
- Movie theaters where you don’t have to buy your tickets in advance to see a movie
- Safer homes (I don’t know if this is true of all Jersey, but my sister’s place has only two circuit breakers for their entire apartment. One is dedicated to the fridge, which means the other one is responsible for everything else that is electronic in their apartment. This results in the circuit breaker tripping frequently and needing to be reset, which means it’s a huge fire hazard)
- You can see stars at night, even in the cities
- Northern Lights!
- The roads are cleared often during snow storms and salted in advance
- The towns shovel the sidewalks so there is still a path to walk during/right after snow storms
- Bike Path
- Jay Peak Pump House (Indoor waterpark!)
- Champ! (We have our very own lake monster!)
- Educational museums/science center
- Pet friendly
- Champlain Valley Fair, as well as plenty of other specialty Fairs for agriculture, livestock, etc.
- Ice skating
- Wind and solar power is common
- Same-sex marriage is legal
- Local wineries
- VT Restaurant week
- Local and touring theater and music events/concerts
[typography font=”Delius Swash Caps” size=”20″ size_format=”px”]What about you? What do you love about Vermont?[/typography]
Potentially may be moving to VT for husbands job. Looking for feedback from other moms! I’ve lived in NY my whole life so this will definitely be a change! 🙂
This is such a great list!!! Love!
Yep, totally agree! Curious what the other 50 are that you omitted. Maybe another post for another day:)
Love this list! We absolutely love Vermont for all of the reasons you have given! I would have to say I also love that there is such an appreciation and support for local businesses!