If you’re considering a career move to our area – the Lake Champlain Region of Vermont – iamavermonter.org offers personal testimonials from individuals who are successfully navigating Vermont’s economy, climate, and geography while building careers, raising families, and putting roots down in Vermont. We hope their personal experiences can be helpful to you.
The the Lake Champlain Region of Vermont is home to more than a quarter of Vermont’s population, as well as several of the state’s largest employers. It is the most heavily populated region in the state, extending from the northwest shores of Lake Champlain eastward to the spine of the Green Mountains, and includes Vermont’s largest city of Burlington. Four colleges and universities provide big-city sophistication and atmosphere without urban hassles. With a multitude of festivals, events, attractions, and peerless quality of life, Burlington and the Lake Champlain Region are repeatedly recognized as one of the country’s best for living, working and visiting. Our area also boasts many beautiful houses of worship, including churches, synagogues, mosques, Buddhist centers and a Friends Meeting Hall, among others. It is not surprising that Burlington scored top honor in one of Outside Magazine’s “Dream Towns” selections.
Lake Champlain, the nation’s sixth Great Lake, stretches for more than 120 miles between Vermont, New York, and Quebec. The lake sets the stage for outdoor festivals, historic exploration, and everything from swimming, sailing and fishing to hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. Its mountain backdrop is one of the reasons author and world-traveler Rudyard Kipling said that Lake Champlain was one of the most spectacular places in the world to view a sunset.
Burlington is Vermont’s largest city, with 40,000 year-round residents. The Queen City is a warm and hospitable place, rich in ethnic culture and home to families from more than 60 countries. Burlington’s restaurant scene is dynamic and diverse featuring including wide range of cuisines-including French, Mexican, Vietnamese, Brazilian, Turkish and Thai to name a few. The city offers vibrant array of cultural events and attractions including the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival and Vermont International Film Festival.
Burlington has been consistently ranked as one of the country’s most livable small cities according to a number of national surveys and magazine reports based on criteria such as healthfulness, lifestyle and economic potential.
The city of Burlington has one of the lowest crime rates and best air-quality measures in the nation. It is the region’s commercial center, with more than 160 retail stores and 80 eating and drinking establishments. Many are located in the Church Street Marketplace, a pedestrian mall lined with restored buildings on the National Register for Historic Places. The American Planning Association designated the Church Street Marketplace as one of the “Great Places in America.” Often compared to Boston’s Faneuil Hall area, it attracts more than 3 million visitors and shoppers each year (more than four-times the state’s entire population!).
Check for up-to-date lists of employment services, real estate agents and agencies, rental properties, community services and more through the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber’s website – www.vermont.org. There you can learn about communities, education, economy and government services to help make your move easier.