Introduction to Burlington, Vermont

The city of Burlington, Vermont's largest city, rests on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain. It is situated about 40 miles northwest of the state capital of Montpelier, about 70 miles north of Rutland, and 95 miles southeast of the city of Montreal in Canada's Quebec province. Major highways serving the city include Interstate 89, U.S. Route 7, and Vermont State Highway 15.

Despite popular belief that the city was named for the Earl of Burlington, it is more likely that the city's name is linked to the Burling family of New York City, a prominent and wealthy 19th century family whose members were original grantees of eleven Vermont towns. At the time of its incorporation as a city in 1864, the original town of Burlington was split into two parts: the northwestern portion of the town became the City of Burlington (Vermont's first incorporated city) and the more rural portion of the original town was established as a new town named South Burlington.

Burlington is home to the University of Vermont (UVM). With a richly deserved reputation as a college town, the city is also home to Burlington College, Champlain College, and a Community College of Vermont campus. Ice cream aficionados will recognize Burlington as the birthplace of the legendary Ben & Jerry's, which was founded in 1978 in a renovated Burlington gas station. The company's headquarters are now located in nearby South Burlington.

Burlington Attractions

Burlington is known for its lively arts culture. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is the oldest state-supported orchestra in the United States. Visual arts are highlighted at public galleries such as the Pine Street Art Works and the Firehouse Gallery. The Shelburne Museum spans 45 acres and features 37 buildings showcasing New England's proud pre-industrial traditions, such as the historic Lake Champlain Lighthouse, an old-fashioned covered bridge, furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the remains of an old jail cell. Annual Burlington events include First Night, a large and varied celebration which begins during the afternoon of New Year's Eve and culminates with a midnight fireworks display. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts can enjoy Burlington's Bike Path, a 6.5 mile paved trail sitting mostly on a former railbed close to the lakeshore and extending from one end of the city to the other. The trail passes through the revitalized Waterfront, and through the city's beach, campground and residential areas, before it connects to a similar path through South Burlington. The hope is to eventually have a continuous trail to the Canadian border.

There are no major league professional sports teams in Vermont. Burlington, however, has a couple of minor-league pro teams. The Vermont Lake Monsters (formerly the Vermont Expos) of the New York-Penn League are a class single-A baseball club affiliated with Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals. The team plays on the campus of UVM at Centennial Field. Burlington is also home to a newly-formed professional basketball franchise, the Vermont Frost Heaves of the American Basketball Association. The team is beginning its inaugural season in the fall of 2006 and will be splitting its home games between Burlington's Memorial Auditorium and the Auditorium in Barre, Vermont.

Collegiate sports can be found at the University of Vermont, whose Catamounts participate in the NCAA's Division I America East Conference. The school's primary spectator sports are basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and hockey. The UVM ski teams, however, have had a tradition of success, laying claim to a long run of national championships.


Total Population 42,570
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 10.5%
Employed Population 16+ 21,949
Age of the Population 27


% of people married 26.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 50.5%
Median Earnings25+ $33,903
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,142
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,388


Median Family Income $72,279
% Above Poverty Level 75.2%
% Below Poverty Level 24.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 26.7%
% Using Public Transportation 5.3%


People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,050
Median House Value $265,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 12.7%
Irish 20.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Burlington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 120 miles N of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 182 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Chittenden
Metro Area Burlington
Standard Zip Codes 05401, 05403
P.O. Box Zip Codes 05402, 05406, 05407
Company Zip Codes 05405
Phone Area Codes 802
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.475
Longitude -73.212

Burlington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 27 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 56 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 27 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 41 to 57 F
Annual Precip 32.5 inches
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 26 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 38 to 56 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Burlington, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Burlington International Air (05403)

North Burlington (05408)

Queen City (05403)

Queen City Park (05403)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Colchester 17,293 $82,769
Essex Junction 9,709 $85,428
Shelburne 690 $77,607
South Burlington 18,536 $91,385
St. George 764 $51,094
Winooski 7,223 $49,612

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Burlington Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(802) 847-0000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,135 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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Serves 197 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

A Non-traditional School
Serves 22 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.1

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The Van Ness House between 1910 and 1920

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The Van Ness House between 1910 and 1920

Post office and court house between 1900 and 1905

Mt. Mount Mansfield from University of Vermont grounds between 1900 and 1906

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