Burlington : Vermont


What it's Like to Retire in Burlington

Burlington is a lovely small college town on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain. It is home to the vibrant University of Vermont. Burlington is very popular with outdoor loving retirees who also want the youth and enthusiasm provided by a major university. Mountain bikers enjoy many great trails such as a trail about 20 minutes outside of Burlington called "The International." It begins with a good technical climb and ends with downhill sections. Nearby Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, Smugglers Notch, and Stowe offer some of the very best skiing in the east - powder is frequently available. For the recreational bicyclist/walker/jogger there is the Island Rail2Trail path, 8 miles right along Lake Champlain. Then, a three mile causeway out into the middle of the lake. Spectacular views across the lake over the the Adirondack Mountains in New York. The city has a strong arts and cultural component with frequent festivals and shows.

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Where to Retire in Burlington and Home Prices

The city of Burlington has many old neighborhoods such as the Hill District with historic homes in the Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles.  There are also newer single family homes, as well as apartments.  The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price of a home in Burlington-South Burlington to be $348,700, during the 3rd quarter of 2020, a 12% rise compared to a year earlier. Zillow reports the median home value to be $365,303, in late 2020.


What is special about Burlington

The skiing and outdoor activities are tops in Burlington. The University of Vermont gives the town a vibrant, interesting feel. With less than 50,000 people, it has a small town feel but many interesting options for entertainment. Lake Champlain is an amazing and beautiful source of recreation.

What is not special about Burlington

Cold, long winters. About April you can really start wanting spring to arrive.


Who will like retirement in Burlington

People who like living in a bustling college town. Boaters and those who enjoy outdoor recreation will also love Burlington.

Local economy is driven by

The University of Vermont is the big driver of Burlington's economy, followed by tourism.

Climate and Physical Environment

Burlington is located in northern Vermont on the eastern shores of Lake Champlain. The winters are cold and long. Summers are pleasant.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

UVM (University of Vermont) offers many cultural events.  It has the largest public library in Vermont, a building which is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The Church Street Marketplace, a pedestrian mall in the heart of the city, hosts many festivals during the year. The Flynn Center for the Performing arts features broadway, theater, dance and family performances throughout the year.



Burlington's crime rate is higher than the national average.


Medical facilities

Fletcher Allen Hospital of Vermont



Burlington International Airport; Amtrak services Burlington; The city is average in walkability when compared to other towns.


Valuable Links

City of Burlington

Church Street Market Place

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts


What people are saying about Burlington

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