Middlebury : Vermont

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What it's Like to Retire in Middlebury

Located in western Vermont near the New York border, Middlebury, Vermont is home to one of America's top liberal arts colleges, Middlebury College. It has to be one of the top settings for a college town of anywhere, and has attracted many baby boomers who are making it their retirement community. The population is about 6,600.

Two of the big attractions of Middlebury are it writers conferences and summer language programs. For example, annual Bread Loaf Writers' Conference is the oldest writer's conference in the U.S. Others would argue that its pretty scenery in the hills of the Champlain Valley and small town setting are tops.

The Middlebury campus is on a hill west of the village of Middlebury. Students at Middlebury refer to it as "Club Midd." There are quads and open spaces along with views of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. Old Stone Row is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The postmodern architect Robert Venturi said, "Middlebury looks like what everyone thinks an American campus should be but seldom is."  Photos of downtown and Otter Creek Falls courtesy of Wikipedia and Jd4508.

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Where to Retire in Middlebury and Home Prices

Retirees can live in town or in some of the active adult and independent living communities being built here, such as Eastview (a non-profit adult community).

The median selling price of homes in Middlebury in late 2014 was just under $200,000 according to City-Data.com.  Zillow.com lists the median selling price to be higher at $214,000 in early 2015. The small number of homes for sale in this village make it difficult to come up with an exact price.  Property tax averages a bit more than $3000 on a home in that range.

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What is special about Middlebury

Vibrant downtown in a small college town; recreational, intellectual and cultural amenities; many non-profit volunteer opportunities; great local hospital; variety of housing types; proximity to Burlington, VT; Middlebury has an excellent local bookstore, the Vermont Book Shop. This fixture in the local scene began in 1949.  The books are presented thoughtfully in handsome, well-lit cases.

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What is not special about Middlebury

Vermont winters, if you don't appreciate cold weather. Middlebury is remote from any large city, although Burlington is not too far.
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Who will like retirement in Middlebury

People who like college towns, culture, mountains, and Vermont will love it in Middlebury.

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Local economy is driven by

Education and tourism
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Climate and Physical Environment

Middlebury is located in west-central Vermont near Otter Creek falls. Middlebury is bordered by the foothills of the Green Mountains to the east. Winters are cold (average low about 10 degrees or less), and summers warm (average high about 80).

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Breadloaf School of English and the Breadloaf Writers Conference provide a strong cultural infusion. The latter was the creation of Robert Frost. The summer foreign language schools are world famous. The Mahaney Center for the Arts serves as the college and community visual and performing arts facility. The Center hosts the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Seeler Studio Theatre, dance theatre, music library, and a 370-seat recital hall.There are film programs in Dana Auditorium.
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Crime

The crime rate is low in Middlebury, about a third of the national index.

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Medical facilities

Porter Medical Center
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Transportation

Burlington International is 32 miles
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Valuable Links

Wikipedia on Middlebury
Middlebury City-Data
More community reviews at Topretirements
Mini-guide to retirement in Vermont
Middlebury College
Vermont Craig's List
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Facts about MIDDLEBURY
  • State: VT
  • Environment: College Town,Mountain,Cultural Center,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 0 -20
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: JFB48

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