Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area

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Map of Vermont highlighting the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Burlington metropolitan area is a metropolitan area consisting of three counties in northwestern Vermont (Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle) and anchored by the principal cities of Burlington and South Burlington. The Office of Management and Budget defines the area as one of its metropolitan statistical areas (the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan Statistical Area), a designation used for statistical purposes by the United States Census Bureau and other agencies. The MSA designation represents the counties containing the contiguous urbanized area centered on the city of Burlington, plus adjacent counties that are socially and economically linked to the urban core (as measured by commuting). An alternative definition using towns instead of counties as basic units is the Burlington-South Burlington New England City and Town Area (NECTA). That New England city and town area had an estimated population of 194,354 in 2007.

The three-county area contains four of Vermont's nine cities and as of the 2000 Census had a population of 198,889. A July 1, 2009 estimate placed the population at 208,055.[1] As of the 2010 Census, the combined population of the three counties is 211,261.


List of counties making up the MSA:

Towns and cities[edit]

List of towns/cities making up the NECTA:


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 198,889
2010 211,261 6.2%
Est. 2012 211,581 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 198,889 people, 75,978 households, and 49,311 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 95.43% White, 0.74% African American, 0.58% Native American, 1.53% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.


The metro had a gross metropolitan product of $8.38 billion in 2004, 38.2% of the total for the state. Personal income was $7 billion.[3]

Personal income[edit]

The median income for a household in the MSA was $44,122, and the median income for a family was $51,690. Males had a median income of $35,363 versus $26,070 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $21,175.

The median wage in the area in 2008 was $16.47 hourly or $34,258 annually. This was 7.6% higher than in the rest of the state.[4]


The largest industrial facility in Vermont is IBM's semiconductor plant in Essex Junction.


The metropolitan area ranked ten points higher than the US average, helping to propel the state to ninth in the country for volunteerism for the period 2005-8. 37.4% of the population volunteered during this period. The national average was 26.4%. The local average annual number of hours was 40.8.[5]

Public health and safety[edit]

One study ranked the area fourth highest in gun safety, out of 100.[6]


There are four network-affiliated television stations in the city. They include WFFF channel 44 (Fox), WFFF's digital subchannel 44-2 (The CW), its sister station, WVNY channel 22 (ABC), WPTZ (NBC), and WCAX channel 3 (CBS). WCAX, WFFF, and WPTZ operate news departments. WCAX is the only Burlington-based news department, while WPTZ is based in Plattsburgh, New York with a bureau in nearby Colchester. WFFF and WVNY are also based in Colchester.

Comcast Communications is the city's major cable television service provider. Residents within the city limits are also served by municipally-owned Burlington Telecom.

These cable channels are Burlington based: Public-access television VCAM-Channel 15,[7] RETN-Channel 16,[8] and Channel 17.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (CBSA-EST2009-01)" (CSV). 2009 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ What Vermonters Earn retrieved August 23, 2009[dead link]
  5. ^ Sutkoski, Matt (29 July 2009). "Vermont volunteering thrives". Burlington, Vermont: Burlington Free Press. pp. 1B. 
  6. ^ Where men are targets. Men's Health. June 2008. 
  7. ^ Vermont Community Access Television
  8. ^ Retn.org
  9. ^ Channel 17