Introduction to Colchester, Vermont

Colchester, Vermont, in Chittenden county, is located 125 miles N of Schenectady, New York (center to center) and is 184 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Burlington metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Approximately 16,986 people reside in Colchester.

Colchester History

The town of Colchester is situated in the Chittenden County in Burlington. The town was named in honor of a prominent man in the British establishment, the Earl of Colchester. The town of Colchester was one of the "Onion River Towns". The first Town Clerk of Colchester was Ira Allen. The town was first settled by Ira Allen, Ethan Allen and their cousin Remember Baker.

Colchester and nearby Attractions

  • Vermont Veterans Militia Museum
  • Ethan Allen Homestead
  • Hyde Log Cabin
  • Grand Isle State Park
  • Mallets Bay Marina
  • Ausable Chasm

Things To Do In Colchester

Colchester offers a wide range of recreational activities and places of interest to its tourists. There are several parks in the town including Grand Isle State park, which is an ideal destination for fishing, boating, swimming, and camping. The park also has a nature strip for those who like long quiet walks. Hyde Log Cabin at Grand Isle is an interesting place to visit for those interested in local history. Harbor View Shopping Plaza and Colchester Shopping plaza are a shopaholic’s delight. There are many beautiful beaches located on the coastline of Colchester that you can visit.

Colchester Transportation

Air transportation facilities can be availed at the Burlington International Airport.

Colchester Higher Education

Saint Michaels College, University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, and Middlebury College offer various programs for higher education.


Total Population 17,293
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 10.4%
Employed Population 16+ 10,140
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 46.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $82,769
% Above Poverty Level 89.5%
% Below Poverty Level 10.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2%


People Living Alone 21.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,136
Median House Value $262,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.6%
US/American 0.5%
English 14%
Irish 20.7%

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

Colchester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 125 miles N of Schenectady, New York (center to center)
Nearest Large City 184 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Chittenden
Metro Area Burlington
Standard Zip Codes 05446
P.O. Box Zip Codes 05449
Company Zip Codes 05439
Phone Area Codes 802
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.54
Longitude -73.17

Colchester 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 5 to 27 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 37 to 57 F
Annual Precip 39.8 inches
Distance 5.2 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 16.5 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, Colchester, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Camp Johnson (05446)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burlington 42,570 $72,279
Essex Junction 9,709 $85,428
Georgia 4,641 $88,197
Milton 1,926 $77,321
South Burlington 18,536 $91,385
Winooski 7,223 $49,612

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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