Montpelier, Vermont – Retirement Guide

Montpelier, Vermont   Retirement Guide

It may be the smallest state capital by population in the nation, but Montpelier packs a lot — arts, culture, nature, politics — into its confines. This may be a small town, but its population is by no means a set of shrinking violets. Locals here are notoriously active in politics — both on the Republican and Democratic side of the aisle, and tend to be well-versed in the arts and history. In fact, Montpelier is home to the Vermont History Museum.

The town seems to be a haven for creative types, and is home to a number of artists and writers, who are perhaps, inspired by Montpelier’s scenic environs as it lies tucked into the foothills of the Green Mountains. Music lovers will also find themselves in good company. Many small live music venues are scattered throughout Montpelier, and the town hosts a number of music festivals including the Winter Folk Music Festival and a Chamber Music Festival.

While Vermont is a notoriously expensive state in which to live, Montpelier manages to maintain a cost of living that is below the national average. Retirees can also engage with locals at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center. Perhaps the greatest downside to settling in Montpelier is the winter. The season is notoriously long, cold and snowy here, though skiers will find good slopes in the nearby Green Mountains.

Pros: Vibrant and eclectic community of arts and nature lovers
Con: Long, cold and snowy winters

At a Glance
Best For: Nature and arts lovers
Population: 7,868
Cost of Living: 4.3% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $225,000
Unemployment: 4.6%
Top State Income Tax: 8.95%
Crime rate: 45% lower than national average

Top Retirement Cities in Vermont:  Montpelier

Photo by Doug Kerr via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.