South Burlington, Vermont

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South Burlington, Vermont
South Burlington High School
South Burlington High School
Official seal of South Burlington, Vermont
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont.
Location in Chittenden County and the state of Vermont.
South Burlington, Vermont is located in USA
South Burlington, Vermont
South Burlington, Vermont
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 44°27′7″N 73°10′54″W / 44.45194°N 73.18167°W / 44.45194; -73.18167Coordinates: 44°27′7″N 73°10′54″W / 44.45194°N 73.18167°W / 44.45194; -73.18167
Country United States
State Vermont
County Chittenden
Incorporated (town) 1865
Incorporated (city) 1971
 • City Manager Kevin Dorn
 • City Clerk Donna Kinville
 • Total 29.6 sq mi (76.7 km2)
 • Land 16.6 sq mi (43.1 km2)
 • Water 13.0 sq mi (33.6 km2)
Elevation 328 ft (100 m)
Population (2014 Estimate)
 • Total 18,743
 • Density 1,129.1/sq mi (435.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 05403, 05407
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-66175[1]
GNIS feature ID 1459577[2]

South Burlington is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, in the United States. With a 2014 estimate of 18,743 people, it is one of the anchors of the Burlington metropolitan area and is the second largest city in Vermont.

It is composed of multiple sets of suburban neighborhoods and a commercial center, which is in the process of being converted to a downtown[3] along Market Street. It is also home to the state's largest mall, the University Mall. The city borders Lake Champlain and has a public park and beach, called "Red Rocks."


The area of South Burlington was first granted by New Hampshire as part of Burlington township on June 7, 1763.[4]

The town of Burlington was organized around 1785. In 1865, the unincorporated village of Burlington was chartered as a city. The remaining area of the town was then organized as a separate town with the name South Burlington. The town of South Burlington was later also incorporated as a city in the year 1971.


Budgets must be approved by voters.[5]

The city budget for 2007-08 was $18,321,479.[5]

The school budget for 2007-08 was $36,742,377.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.6 square miles (76.7 km2), of which 16.6 square miles (43.1 km2) is land and 13.0 square miles (33.6 km2) (43.82%) is water.


2010 Census[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 17,904 people and 8,224 households in the city. The population density was 1,121.2 people per square mile (670.5/km2). There were 8,429 housing units at an average density of 507.8 per square mile (150.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.0% White, 1.9% African American, 0.2% Native American, 5.4% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

2000 Census[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 15,814 people, 6,332 households, and 3,786 families residing in the city. The population density was 950.2 people per square mile (366.9/km2). There were 6,501 housing units at an average density of 390.6 per square mile (150.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.78% White, 0.83% African American, 0.18% Native American, 3.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 791
1880 664 −16.1%
1890 845 27.3%
1900 971 14.9%
1910 927 −4.5%
1920 938 1.2%
1930 1,203 28.3%
1940 1,736 44.3%
1950 3,279 88.9%
1960 6,903 110.5%
1970 10,032 45.3%
1980 10,679 6.4%
1990 12,809 19.9%
2000 15,814 23.5%
2010 17,904 13.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]


Burlington International Airport is located in South Burlington

CommutAir, a regional airline, is headquartered in the city, by the airport.[7] The Magic Hat Brewing Company, one of the United States's larger craft breweries, is located here.[8] One measure of economic activity is retail sales. South Burlington was second in the state in 2007 with $326.8 million.[9]

Personal income[edit]

The median income for a household in the city was $51,566, and the median income for a family was $67,241. Males had a median income of $42,076 versus $29,883 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,290. About 2.3% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Real estate[edit]

While the number of homes sold dropped from an annual high of 396 in 2005, it has exceeded 150 for the last several years. The average sales price has risen steadily, however, from $230,000 in 2005 to $310,000 in 2008.[10]


GE Healthcare employed 780 people as of 2008.[11] The headquarters of Ben and Jerry's Homemade, Inc. are located in South Burlington. As mentioned, CommutAir, a regional airline, has its headquarters located in the city as well.


Red Rocks Park

A public park and beach on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Overlook Park

A scenic park overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.

Veterans Memorial Park (also known as Dorset Park)

The city's most popular park. It has two baseball fields, one basketball court, a playground, and Cairns Arena, the high school's hockey arena, is close by.

Jaycee Park

The park has a playground, basketball court, and open space for people to use.


Elementary Schools

  • Chamberlin School
  • Orchard School
  • Rick Marcotte Central School
  • The Schoolhouse (private)

Middle Schools

High Schools


A Dodge Charger police car from South Burlington.

Burlington International Airport provides the area with commercial service to major regional hubs and international airports. Despite its name, it is located in South Burlington, although the land it is located on is owned by Burlington. It did not offer scheduled commercial flights to destinations outside the United States, although it does have a Customs Port of Entry.[12] The name dates to a time when it offered flights to Montreal but it started seasonal flights to Toronto in 2011.

Bus service is provided by Chittenden County Transportation Authority.

Major routes[edit]




Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ City of South Burlington, Vermont Planning & Zoning
  4. ^ roots web,
  5. ^ a b c Buscher, Sara (May 20, 2008). Residents to vote today on budgets. Burlington Free Press. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Welcome!" CommutAir. Retrieved on May 24, 2009.
  8. ^ "Magic Hat Brewery Directions" . Retrieved on January 6, 2010.
  9. ^ McLean, Dan (July 13, 2008). Retail Sales by the numbers. Burlington Free Press. 
  10. ^ Ryan, Matt (November 30, 2008). South Burlington real estate snapshot. Burlington Free Press. 
  11. ^ McLean, Dan (January 30, 2009). GE Healthcare furloughs 50 people. Burlington Free Press. 
  12. ^ Port Of Entry - Burlington International Airport
  13. ^ WW Norton Author's Page
  14. ^ Jack Leggett Clemson University profile
  15. ^ Mike Rochford Baseball-Reference statistics

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