South Hero : Vermont

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What it's Like to Retire in South Hero

South Hero is a very small town of less than 2,000 on an island in northwestern Vermont.  It has a stunning location almost in the middle of Lake Champlain, connected to the rest of Vermont by Route 2.  It is a popular resort, particularly in the summer. It combines rural and lake.  Although you can live here in winter, it is cold, windy, and sometimes difficult transportation to mainland. Grand Isle is another town on the same island.

Where to Retire in South Hero and Home Prices

Home values are high here, reflecting its desirability as a resort. In mid-2014 the median sale price of a home was about $320,000 according to  Homes on the lake will be more.


What is special about South Hero

An absolutely stunning location in the middle of beautiful Lake Champlain.

What is not special about South Hero

Traffic in summer.  Sometimes inaccessible in winter.  Cold winters, long commute to shopping etc.

Who will like retirement in South Hero

People who like living in a rural resort on a lake will enjoy it here.

Local economy is driven by


Climate and Physical Environment

South Hero is on a chain of islands jutting into the northern part of Lake Champlain.  It is very close to Canada. The average low Jan  temp is 10 degrees and the average July high is 80.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Culturally there is not much happening in South Hero.  The few restaurants include a bistro, pizza spots and snack bars. 



South Hero has a low crime rate.


Medical facilities

The nearest hospitals are in Burlington, VT (13 miles) and Plattsburgh, NY (17 miles).


Amtrak is about 8 miles away in Plattsburg; Burlington International Airport is about 20 miles away.


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Facts about SOUTH HERO
  • State: VT
  • Environment: Rural,Lake,
  • 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: 0-20,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: <80 (Very low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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