Profile for Burlington, Vermont, VT
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College town; economic and cultural hub of the region
Burlington is a city in Chittenden County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for the Earl of Burlington.
The latitude of Burlington is 44.488N. The longitude is -73.226W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 200 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 39,148.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Burlington demographic reports
Burlington is on Lake Champlain.
Ira Allen built a shipyard here in 1772. The city was attacked by the British fleet in 1813.
The local economy expanded with steamboat traffic on Lake Champlain.
Ben & Jerry's ice cream began here.
Public transportation: Chittenden County Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 140. The number of murders and homicides was 3. The violent crime rate was 3.5 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 7 among small cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
No. 6 on the "Best Cities for Women" list (small cities), Ladies' Home Journal, 2002
Ranked No. 20 on the Best Places to Live and Work in America list, compiled by BestJobsUsa.com, 2002
Filming location for:
· 2000 movie, "Me, Myself & Irene"
· 2000 movie, "What Lies Beneath"
Well-known residents have included:
· Ethan Allen, Revolutionary soldier, leader of the Green Mountain Boys
· Orson Bean, actor
Local bands (past and present) have included Phish
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Winter Festival and Penguin Plunge - Feb. 10, 2007
- Discover Jazz Festival - June 1-10, 2007
- Latino Festival - Aug. 4, 2007
- Vermont Brewers Festival - July 20-21, 2007
- Green Mountain Chew Chew Food & Music Festival - June 22-24, 2007
- Burlington Book Festival - Sept. 14-16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Burlington web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Sports teams: Vermont Lake Monsters (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Ethan Allen Homestead Museum & Historic Site, Robert Hull Fleming Museum
Colleges and universities:
University of Vermont, Burlington College, Champlain College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 184
?We were soon in the United States again, and called that evening at Burlington; a pretty town, where we lay an hour or so.
-- American Notes
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Sections below provide additional information and links about Burlington demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Chittenden County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Burlington area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 05401 ZIP code.
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Ancestry & family history
9% of Burlington residents report German ancestry, and 16% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Burlington ancestry & family history guide.
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Recommendations: Take the car ferry across the lake
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Burlington was $19,011, compared with $21,587 nationally.
42% of Burlington residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Burlington festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Winter Festival and Penguin Plunge - F
- Vermont Brewers Festival - J
- Discover Jazz Festival - J
- Green Mountain Chew Chew Food & Music Festival - J
- Latino Festival - A
- Burlington Book Festival - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Burlington festival web sites:
Historic districts in Burlington include Battery Street Historic District, City Hall Park Historic District, Main Street-College Street Historic District, Pearl Street Historic District, Redstone Historic District, South Union Street Historic District, South Willard Street Historic District, University Green Historic District, Wells-Richardson District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Burlington, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $562. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,131.
Libraries in Burlington include Fletcher Free ... View libraries
Newspapers in Burlington include Burlington Free Press
TV stations in Burlington include WCAX, WVNY.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WVPS.
The average commute time for Burlington workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Burlington between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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~ American Notes
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