Vermont’s
Best Cities for Sleep

2020

The Green Mountain State has the second smallest population of any state in the country. Vermont was home to indigenous people for thousands of years before the French and British battled over the land. Montpelier has the fewest residents of any state capital in the country. Vermont is known for its skiing, hiking, and wide variety of wildlife, including 15,000 species of insects and 89 species of fish. 

Things to know about Vermont:

  • Vermont has more dairy cows than any other state
  • The heaviest snowfall in a single season in the US was recorded in Vermont in the winter of 1970/1971. 26.5 feet!
  • Montpelier produces more maple syrup than any other city in the country
  • The first rope tow for skiers was constructed in Woodstock, Vermont and was run by an engine from a Model T
  • The name Vermont comes from the French words “vert” and “mont,” meaning green mountains

Vermonters enjoy plenty of space and leafy landscapes, but how do they rate when it comes to slumber? Do rural residents take the top spots on our list or do the urban folks win out? Let’s take a look at the best cities for sleep in Vermont and find out.

30 %

The percentage of adults who report insufficient sleep each year. Insufficient sleep increases the chance of weight gain, cognitive problems, and cardiovascular disease

26 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher body mass usually equals a greater risk of sleep apnea

21 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to disrupted sleep and less REM sleep

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Shelburne, Vermont
Shelburne
Sleep Score: 87.27

Shelburne, VT

Population 7,775
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 100,705
Mentally unhealthy days 3.5
Obesity 200
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 23

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Williston, Vermont
Williston
Sleep Score: 86.24

Williston, VT

Population 9,870
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 81,540
Mentally unhealthy days 3.5
Obesity 200
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 23

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Essex, Vermont
Essex
Sleep Score: 85.98

Essex, VT

Population 21,911
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 76,677
Mentally unhealthy days 3.5
Obesity 200
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 23

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Milton, Vermont
Milton
Sleep Score: 85.83

Milton, VT

Population 10,984
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 73,854
Mentally unhealthy days 3.5
Obesity 200
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 23

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Colchester, Vermont
Colchester
Sleep Score: 85.52

Colchester, VT

Population 17,499
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 68,021
Mentally unhealthy days 3.5
Obesity 200
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 23

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South Burlington, Vermont
South Burli.
Sleep Score: 85.42

South Burlington, VT

Population 19,486
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 66,197
Mentally unhealthy days 3.5
Obesity 200
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 23

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Essex Junction, Vermont
Essex Junct.
Sleep Score: 85.3

Essex Junction, VT

Population 10,929
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 63,948
Mentally unhealthy days 3.5
Obesity 200
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 23

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Northfield, Vermont
Northfield
Sleep Score: 85.09

Northfield, VT

Population 6,015
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 67,750
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 230
oor physical health days 3.2
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.2
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 30

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Waterbury, Vermont
Waterbury
Sleep Score: 84.98

Waterbury, VT

Population 5,151
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 65,750
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 230
oor physical health days 3.2
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.2
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 30

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Montpelier, Vermont
Montpelier
Sleep Score: 84.72

Montpelier, VT

Population 7,436
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 60,793
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 230
oor physical health days 3.2
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.2
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 30

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Burlington, Vermont
Burlington
Sleep Score: 84.4

Burlington, VT

Population 42,899
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 47,140
Mentally unhealthy days 3.5
Obesity 200
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 23

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Winooski, Vermont
Winooski
Sleep Score: 84.32

Winooski, VT

Population 7,337
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 45,590
Mentally unhealthy days 3.5
Obesity 200
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.28
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 23

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Middlebury, Vermont
Middlebury
Sleep Score: 84.04

Middlebury, VT

Population 8,744
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 53,250
Mentally unhealthy days 3.8
Obesity 240
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 130
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 28

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Hartford, Vermont
Hartford
Sleep Score: 83.98

Hartford, VT

Population 9,684
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 62,170
Mentally unhealthy days 4.2
Obesity 270
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.77
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 26

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Morristown, Vermont
Morristown
Sleep Score: 83.73

Morristown, VT

Population 5,438
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 47,400
Mentally unhealthy days 4
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 3.2
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.2
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 40

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Brattleboro, Vermont
Brattleboro
Sleep Score: 83.54

Brattleboro, VT

Population 11,471
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 44,359
Mentally unhealthy days 4.1
Obesity 240
oor physical health days 3.5
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.5
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.87
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 31

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Rockingham, Vermont
Rockingham
Sleep Score: 83.45

Rockingham, VT

Population 5,034
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 42,596
Mentally unhealthy days 4.1
Obesity 240
oor physical health days 3.5
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.5
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.87
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 31

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Barre, Vermont
Barre
Sleep Score: 83.35

Barre, VT

Population 8,605
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 35,225
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 230
oor physical health days 3.2
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.2
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 30

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Bennington, Vermont
Bennington
Sleep Score: 82.96

Bennington, VT

Population 15,002
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 46,337
Mentally unhealthy days 4
Obesity 280
oor physical health days 3.6
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 3.6
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.7
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 36

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Springfield, Vermont
Springfield
Sleep Score: 82.9

Springfield, VT

Population 8,950
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 41,906
Mentally unhealthy days 4.2
Obesity 270
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.77
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 26

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St. Albans, Vermont
St. Albans
Sleep Score: 82.49

St. Albans, VT

Population 6,813
Insufficient Sleep 350
Median Income 50,247
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.24
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 31

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Lyndon, Vermont
Lyndon
Sleep Score: 82.47

Lyndon, VT

Population 5,871
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 41,464
Mentally unhealthy days 4
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 3.9
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.9
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.07
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 37

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St. Johnsbury, Vermont
St. Johnsbu.
Sleep Score: 82.38

St. Johnsbury, VT

Population 7,204
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 39,806
Mentally unhealthy days 4
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 3.9
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.9
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.07
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 37

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Rutland, Vermont
Rutland
Sleep Score: 82.31

Rutland, VT

Population 15,325
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 42,861
Mentally unhealthy days 4.2
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 3.5
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.5
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.01
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 35

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How Did We Determine the Best Cities for Sleep?

Sleep is impacted by important behavioral, environmental, and lifestyle factors. We compiled our list of Best Cities for Sleep by looking at 10 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.

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