Richest Cities in Vermont (2024)

by Kristen Carney Kristen Carney

Updated: June 20, 2024

Richest City in Vermont

The richest city in Vermont is Searsburg in Bennington County with an average household income of $210,071 as of 2022. While exceptionally affluent, Searsburg only has a population of 126 as of 2023. The richest city in Vermont with at least 5,000 people is Shelburne in Chittenden County with an average household income of $146,139 as of 2022 and 7,922 people as of 2023 according to the most current Census data available (citation).

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20 Richest Cities in Vermont

Rank City County Population Average Income Median Income
1 Searsburg Bennington 126 $210,071 $55,938
2 Norwich Windsor 3,643 $181,549 $131,181
3 West Haven Rutland 244 $179,873 $61,250
4 Stratton Windham 445 $168,785 $152,083
5 Ripton Addison 745 $165,838 $113,889
6 Old Bennington Bennington 132 $161,267 $146,250
7 Peru Bennington 526 $155,429 $112,159
8 Fayston Washington 1,409 $154,139 $130,000
9 South Hero Grand Isle 1,717 $153,216 $131,458
10 Landgrove Bennington 174 $151,334 $128,750
11 Charlotte Chittenden 3,887 $149,314 $124,611
12 Shelburne Chittenden 7,922 $146,139 $106,863
13 Jericho Chittenden 5,089 $144,900 $109,500
14 Warren Washington 1,985 $141,877 $82,750
15 Weston Windsor 629 $141,116 $112,625
16 Woodstock village Windsor 937 $139,811 $85,536
17 Cornwall Addison 1,265 $138,267 $114,554
18 Woodstock town Windsor 3,032 $138,266 $109,097
19 Weybridge Addison 824 $137,914 $106,875
20 Elmore Lamoille 876 $137,091 $104,500

Median Income versus Average Income: Which Should You Use?

We usually suggest using median income data – either instead of or in addition to – average income data as a true indicator of wealth. If you haven’t thought about median versus average since your last standardized test, you aren’t alone. Here’s what they are:

  • average is the sum of a set of numbers divided by the count of numbers in the set
  • median is the middle number in the set of numbers
illustation of median vs average

Now let’s say you had the following simplified set of income data.

Household 1: $30,000
Household 2: $50,000
Household 3: $1,000,000

The average income for this set is $360,000. The outlier data point ($1,000,000) skews the average WAY up. Conversely, the average income would be skewed WAY down if someone had an income of $500. The median income for the same data set is $50,000. Outlier data doesn’t skew the median.

Most Business Owners Should Use Median Income

So most business owners should use the median income as a true indicator of wealth, because it provides a more accurate representation of a typical income, especially in areas with significant income disparity.

When Should You Use Average Income

If your target market is high-income households, the average income may be more relevant. This is because the average income can highlight the presence of a higher concentration of wealthy individuals, which is beneficial for luxury goods and services marketing. We’re using average income on this page because using the Census’s highest reported median value of $250,001 could result in multiple ties for the richest geography.

Why do so many cities have a median value of $250,001?

The Census' American Community Survey uses $250,000+ as a jam value for median income estimates to protect privacy, ensure data consistency, and simplify reporting. A "jam value" in survey data refers to a placeholder or default value used when actual data points are unavailable, incomplete, or exceed certain thresholds. We represent this jam value as $250,001 to make it easy for you to sort.

SOURCES

United States Census Bureau. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2023. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Web. May 2024. http://www.census.gov/.

United States Census Bureau. B01001 SEX BY AGE, 2022 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 7 December 2023. http://www.census.gov/.

United States Census Bureau. B19013 Median Household Income, 2022 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 7 December 2023. http://www.census.gov/.

United States Census Bureau. “DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS.” 2022 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 07 December 2023. http://www.census.gov/.

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