Vermont is a beautiful state that is home to countless cities with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, forests, streams, and other iconic landmarks. Some communities offer serenity and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of big cities. However, some of these beautiful cities can be deceptive. Beneath the beautiful exterior, some of these towns are rife with crime, while in others it is difficult to earn a living or find suitable housing. We’ve put together a list of the 20 worst cities in Vermont with the reasons why you should avoid moving to them.
20. Burlington, Vermont
Only in your state does the list of some of the most dangerous cities in Vermont go down. It lists Burlington in the worst 20. This is the largest city in Vermont and it has the crime rates to prove it. The average year sees 115 violent crimes committed. Statistics show that 2.7 violent crimes are committed against residents per 1,000 inhabitants. Although there are many amenities in Burlington, including shops, restaurants, and job opportunities, your personal safety is not worth risking.
19. Northfield, Vermont
Northfield is a small community with just over 6,000 permanent residents. You would think that a small town like this would be safe to live in, but it is not. There were a total of 16 crimes committed in the small village. Statistics show that 2.7 violent crimes are committed for every 1,000 people.
18. Brattleboro, Vermont
Brattleboro is even worse than Northfield. Crime rates are ridiculously high for a smaller city. 40 violent crimes were committed in a period of one year. The odds of becoming a victim of a violent crime increase for residents with 3.5 violent crimes committed each year for every 1,000 people.
17. Lyndonville, Vermont
Lyndonville, Vermont is one of the smallest cities in the state. While one would hope to find some peace in this rural village, that is not the case. Only 1,157 permanent residents live in the city, but with four violent crimes, statistics show that there are 3.5 violent crimes committed per 1,000 people.
16. Winooski, Vermont
Winooski is another Vermont city that looks beautiful from the outside. The police see a different side of the city. Residents of Winooski live in fear of harm from 28 violent crimes committed in just one year. Statistics show that 3.9 violent crimes are committed per 1,000 residents each year.
15. Rutland, Vermont
Rutland is a bigger city and offers a lot of fun things to do. There are many great places to dine, shop, and party. Although it can be a fun place, there are a few things in Rutland that make it a place to avoid when looking for a home. The violent crime rate makes it one of the most dangerous large cities in Vermont. In a 12-month period, 60 violent crimes were committed. The violent crime rate is 3.9 per 1,000 people, making it too dangerous to live there.
14. Dover, Vermont
Dover is a very small city and it is also a very beautiful place to live. The downsides to living in Dover are the lack of things to do for the small population of 1,000 residents and the high crime rate. 5 violent crimes were committed in one year in this small town. Your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Dover are 4.7 in 1,000.
13. Milton, Vermont
Road Snacks adds its picks for the worst places to live in the state of Vermont, starting with Milton. This is a small city with a population of only 2,507 permanent residents. What makes this a poor choice to put down roots is the fact that the unemployment rate is 8.9 percent. It’s hard to find work when you live in Milton. To compound the situation, the crime rate is through the roof. The odds of becoming a victim of vandalism or being robbed are 1 in 21.4. It is not worth the risk.
12. Barre, Vermont
Barre is one of the largest small towns with a population of 8,646 residents. Barre’s unemployment rate is fourth worst at 7.4 percent. The poverty rate is also high. What makes this city even worse is that the crime rate is the fifth highest in the entire state, with a 1 in 48 chance that your home will be robbed or robbed. Median home value is 10th worst at $ 158,300, which tells us that the demand for housing is low because no one really wants to live there. To make matters worse, funding for public schools falls far short …