Vermont at a Glance
Primary Care Links
These links will provide you with information on healthcare in Vermont:
www.vahhs.org (VT Association of Hospitals and Health Systems)
www.vtmd.org (VT Medical Society)
www.vtnpa.org (VT Nurse Practitioner Association)
www.paav.org (Physician Assistant Academy of Vermont)
www.med.uvm.edu (VT Area Health Education Center at University of VT)
www.healthyvermonters.info (VT Office of Rural Health and Primary Care)
The Northern New England Real Estate Network allows homebuyers to search for real estate in Vermont by visiting www.nneren.com.
Vermont's general sales tax rate is 6%. Useful information on Vermont taxes can be found at http://www.thinkvermont.com/taxes.
Geographic Size & Location
Vermont may look small, but it's actually the second largest state in New England. It has a total area of 9,609 miles. Vermont borders New Hampshire on the east and New York on the west. Canada forms Vermont's northern border and to the south is Massachusetts.
Vermont has four distinct seasons, offering many options for recreation. The summer months with daytime temperatures averaging in the mid-70s provide a comfortable seasonal backdrop for biking, hiking, boating, camping or any number of outdoor activities. Summer transitioning to fall brings a quintessential New England autumn which offers not only sporting recreation, but other seasonal celebrations including fall harvest. The beauty of Vermont fall is unrivaled even by its surrounding New England states.
Vermont’s famous winters include beautiful snowfalls, especially in the mountains. Some of Vermont’s mountain areas can get up to 125 inches of snow a year. The winter weather is the perfect environment for outdoor activities from cross country and alpine skiing to exploring the state on Vermont’s wonderful snowmobile trails.
The transition from winter to spring begins in March with the tapping of the maple trees for the production of maple syrup and other maple products. Vermont spring is full of excitement as the winter snow gives way to reveal the lush greenery that makes the Green Mountain State so famous. Spring is the time when Vermont residents and farmers begin planting gardens and crops for the coming year.
There is always something to do in Vermont. Outdoor activities include hiking, biking, golfing, fishing, camping, skiing, snowboarding and snow mobiling. Taking scenic drives and leaf peeping during the fall season is popular, and there are also dozens of local music festivals and farmer's markets to enjoy.
Recently, Vermont schools have received national acclaim for innovative programs that include multi-grade classes in elementary schools, student writing projects and use of student "portfolios" to measure learning progress rather than traditional grade cards. Vermont has 376 public elementary and secondary schools, which includes 16 area vocational centers, several one-room schoolhouses in small communities and more than 40 approved private schools.
The Vermont Department of Education provides detailed school district highlights, assessment scores, pupil expenditures and graduation data. For detailed information on the school systems of Vermont, visit www.state.vt.us/educ.