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Largest Cities in Vermont (2020)

Largest Cities in Vermont (2020)

Want to know more about the largest cities in Vermont? Here’s an updated list, ranked by population and size in 2020.

Vermont is a state in the northeast United States and ranks as the 2nd least populated state in the mainland United States behind only Wyoming with a total population of 626,299.

The state is ranked 45th in terms of a total area covering 9,617 sq. mi (24,906 sq. km), making it one of the smallest states in the U.S. Vermont has a total of 255 municipalities but only 9 are designated as cities. Vermont also has the smallest GDP relative to all the states of the United States.


Burlington is the most populous city and often mistaken as the state capital of Vermont. The city has a population of 42,417 and a total area of 15.49 square miles. Burlington is the seat of the Chittenden County and is most famous for being the home of the University of Vermont

Burlington holds the distinction of being the first city in the country to run entirely on renewable energy, achieving this feat in 2015. The city is also highly reliant on the tourism industry as well as the trade, transportation and manufacturing industries which are all growing. Burlington is also home to the largest hospital in the state, the UVM Medical Center.  

Burlington City in Vermont

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South Burlington

Located in Chittenden County, South Burlington is the second-most populous city in Vermont with a total population of 17,904. It is also the largest city by area in the state of Vermont spanning over 29.58 sq. mi (76.6 sq. km).

The city is also home to the state’s largest airport, the Burlington International Airport, and the largest shopping mall, University Mall.

South Burlington’s economy is almost entirely based on services. The city also has several parks with the most notable ones being the Red Rocks Park, the Overlook Park, and the Veterans Memorial Park.

South Burlington

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Rutland is the seat of the Rutland County and with a population of 16,495, it is the third-most populous city in Vermont, just behind South Burlington. Rutland’s largest employer is the Rutland Regional Medical Center which is also Vermont’s second-largest healthcare facility. 

Situated in the southern part of Vermont, Rutland’s Downtown Historic District is one of the ten historical places listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Moreover, Rutland’s annual Halloween Parade is one of the city’s most recognizable festivals and has been continuously organized since 1960.


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Barre is situated in Washington County in central Vermont. With a population of 9,052, it is the most populous city in the county and also ranks as the 4th most populous in the state. Barre is unofficially twinned with the neighboring city of Montpelier, which is also the state capital.

Barre is called the “Granite Center of the World” due to large granite deposits near the Millstone Hill. This discovery was one of the main contributors to the city’s initial boom in the early 1800s.

Despite a small population size, Barre is still a regional cultural hub with several notable cultural attractions including the Barre Opera House, the Vermont Historical Society, and the Vermont Granite Museum.


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Montpelier is the state capital of Vermont and also the seat of Washington County. With a total population of 7,855, it is the least populous state capital in the country and ranks as the 5th most populous city in Vermont. Montpelier is home to the Vermont State House, the Vermont College of Fine Arts and also the New England Culinary Institute.

The city was named Montpelier for the city with the same name in southern France due to the influence and aid from the French during the American Revolutionary War. Montpelier’s economy relies on the government sector, higher education and also the insurance and tourism industry.

Montpelier city in Vermont

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Winooski is located in Chittenden County in western Vermont. With a population of 7,267, it ranks as the sixth most populated city in Vermont. Winooski is home to a significant, five-thousand-year-old archeological site where the area was inhabited by the first Native American family.

Winooski city has a total area of only 1.51 square miles (3.9 square kilometers) making it the tiniest incorporated city in the state. Some major points of interest in Winooski include the Fleming Museum of Art and the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.


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St. Albans

St. Albans is the seat of Franklin County in northwestern Vermont. The city has a population of 6,918 making it the seventh most populous in Vermont. Historically known as the “Railroad City”, St. Albans was a major center of activity for the Vermont and Canada Railroad. The city was also the site of the St. Albans Raid during the American Civil War in 1864.

St. Albans hosts the annual Vermont Maple Festival every April and is a major highlight in the city’s calendar of activities. The city is also home to a growing industrial park that houses manufacturing facilities for companies such as NECR, Mylan and Ben & Jerry’s.

St Albans in Vermont

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Newport is the seat of the Orleans County in northern Vermont. With a population of only 4,589, it is the second smallest city in Vermont ahead of only Vergennes. Newport’s population has been declining for the last two decades reducing by nearly 17% over the last 20 years due to limited employment opportunities.

Newport’s major events include the annual Ice Fishing Derby held in February attracting over 900 participants every year. The state’s only Soap Box Derby is also held here with the winner representing the state in the nationals

Newport in Vermont

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Most Populated Cities in Vermont

Here’s a list of the largest cities in Vermont, ranked by their total population. 

1 Burlington 42,417
2 South Burlington 17,904
3 Rutland 16,495
4 Barre 9,052
5 Montpelier 7,855
6 Winooski 7,267
7 St. Albans 6,918
8 Newport 4,589
9 Vergennes 2,588

Biggest Cities in Vermont

1 South Burlington 29.58 sq. mi (76.6 sq. km)
2 Burlington 15.49 sq. mi (40.1 sq. km)
3 Montpelier 10.25 sq. mi (26.5 sq. km)
4 Rutland 7.68 sq. mi (19.9 sq. km)
5 Newport 7.63 sq. mi (19.8 sq. km)
6 Barre 3.98 sq. mi (10.3 sq. km)
7 Vergennes 2.51 sq. mi (6.5 sq. km)
8 St. Albans 2.03 sq. mi (5.3 sq. km)
9 Winooski 1.51 sq. mi (3.9 sq. km)

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