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.
Con: Long, cold and snowy winters
Best For: Nature and arts lovers
Cost of Living: 4.3% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $225,000
Top State Income Tax: 8.95%
Crime rate: 45% lower than national average