Information About Vermont
Vermont lacks racial diversity, with 95 percent of residents identifying as white in 2015 and no other ethnic group represented by more than two percent, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. In many other areas, however, Vermont is on par with the rest of the country. For example, the state's annual median household income of $54,447 is just slightly above the national median of $53,482, and its percent of residents 25 and older with a bachelor's degree is just over 35 percent, compared to the nationwide figure of about 29 percent.
Vermont features some of America's most popular ski resorts, including Woodstock, Stowe, Sugarbush, Killington and more. Autumn leaves also draw thousands of tourists to the state, as do cultural activities, like the Vermont Maple Festival, Marlboro Music Festival and Vermont Brewers Festival.
Vermont Colleges and Universities
Several Vermont postsecondary schools were recognized in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 rankings of the nation's best colleges. These include Middlebury College, ranked the fourth best national liberal arts college in the country, and the University of Vermont, rated the 89th best national university. This public university, located in Burlington, is also the state's largest school, with nearly 13,000 students as of Fall 2014.
Other esteemed Vermont schools include Champlain College in Burlington and Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, ranked the 14th and 24th best regional colleges in the North, respectively, by U.S. News. Students seeking an associate's degree or certificate might opt to attend the public Community College of Vermont in Winooski or the private nonprofit Landmark College in Putney.
According to Vermont's Chamber of Commerce, production is a major sector of the economy, which includes machine tools, specialty products, and electronic components. Manufacturing is also a major industry, in addition to milk production. The state also exports most of the country's maple syrup. Other crops from Vermont include vegetables, honey, Christmas trees, and lumber.