Kiplinger’s Top 10 Great Places to Live: Burlington, VT

A few days ago Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine put out a list of Top 10 Great Places to Live. They touted that they found “ten small to midsize cities with good jobs, affordable homes and plenty to do indoors and out.”

Looking at the list, Burlington, Vermont, has made it to the number two spot.

Boats docked at the Burlington Waterfront. Courtesy of, Jessica Anderson

Boats docked at the Burlington Waterfront.
Courtesy of, Jessica Anderson

“On the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, Burlington boasts a cozy feel and stunning beauty, plus a vibrant and varied economy. Eds and meds are big — the city is home to the Uni­versity of Vermont and regional health care provider Fletcher Allen. IBM is near­by and other tech companies are growing, too. Champlain College’s programs in digital technology have led to start-ups, and, which provides software for auto dealers, plans to add 200 jobs annually for the next three years. Result? Plentiful jobs. Unemployment is just 3.5%.”

Looks like someone has taken notice! Champlain’s programs in digital technology have really taken off in the past few years, and all of its students from various majors are an integral in the Burlington community. Various well renowned local businesses all get their start from Champlain College. From (as mentioned by Kiplingers) to Handy’s Lunch to The Spot, lots of BTV businesses wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for the school. There are also Champlain alums working at big name businesses all over Vermont, and across the country! We are represented everywhere from Seven Days to Google

Of course the magazine didn’t leave it at that. It went on to mention everything from our focus on energy efficiency in the community to our ability to solve community problems with creativity. From the Church Street Marketplace to the beautiful scenery to the slopes just half an hour away, the only thing we can disagree with in this article is that Burlington isn’t #1.

To read the full article head here.