Vermont is a small state in the northeast New England region of the United States. Vermont is bordered by 3 other states and 1 Canadian province. It’s bordered by the Canadian province of Quebec to the north, New Hampshire to the east, Massachusetts to the south and New York to the west. The Green Mountain is the nickname of Vermont. It’s derived from the initial name of Vermont itself: Verts Monts means Green Mountains in French. What are some interesting facts about Vermont? Let’s find out more about interesting Vermont facts in this article.
1. Vermont is the Second Least-Populated State in the United States
After Wyoming, Vermont is the second least-populated state in the United States. With an area of 9,616 sq mi (24,923 km2), Wyoming is also the sixth-smallest state in the United States. Vermont is slightly larger than its neighbour, New Hampshire as the fifth smallest state. But New Hampshire has a significantly larger population than Vermont.
2. The Capital City of Vermont is Montpelier and Its Largest City is Burlington
Montpelier is the capital city of Vermont while Burlington is the largest city. Montpelier is the least-populate state capital city of any state in the United States. Although Burlington is the most populous city in Vermont, it’s indeed the least populous city in continental United States to be the state’s most populous city.
3. Vermont is the Only Landlocked State in New England Region
There are six states in New England region of the United States and Vermont is the only state in New England that doesn’t have any coastline. Without any coastline, Vermont becomes the only landlocked state in the New England region. The other five states in New England are all bordered by the Atlantic Ocean.
4. There’s No City in Vermont with More than 50,000 Residents
In Vermont, we can’t find any city with more than 50,000 residents. Burlington, the most populous city in Vermont, has less than 50,000 residents. It’s even less than 45,000 in 2020 census (44,743). Burlington Metropolitan Area is the only metropolitan area in Vermont. Around one-third of Vermont population live in this metropolitan area.
5. Vermont Has the Lowest Gross Domestic Product of Any State in the United States
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Vermont is the lowest of any state in the United States. The GDP of Vermont is a little lower than Wyoming as the second lowest. Although the GDP of Vermont is the lowest in the nation, its GDP per capita is far from the lowest. The main reason for the lowest GDP of Vermont is mainly because of its low population. Dairy is an important part of Vermont’s agricultural economy.
6. Vermont is the Top Producing State of Maple Syrup
Vermont produces more maple syrup than any other state in the United States. More than 40% of maple syrup of United States are produced by Vermont. Although Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States, its production is still relatively small than its neighbouring Canadian provinces Quebec that produces more than five times maple syrup than Vermont.
7. Vermont Doesn’t Have Any Skyscrapers
Vermont is one of three states that don’t have any skyscrapers. The other two are Wyoming and South Dakota. It means that there’s no building that stands more than 200 feet. The tallest building in Vermont is Decker Towers. It is an 11-floor apartment building with 124 feet (38 m) height. It’s the shortest of any tallest building in any other state.
8. Mount Mansfield is the Highest Natural Point of Vermont
With 4,395 ft (1,340 m) elevation, Mount Mansfield is the highest natural point of Vermont. It’s located in Mount Mansfield State Forest. The summit of Mount Mansfield is within the town of Underhill in Chittenden County. There are three spots in Vermont where true alpine tundra survives from the Ice Ages and Mount Mansfield is one of them. The other two are in Camel’s Hump and Mount Abraham.
9. The Official State Bird of Vermont is Hermit Trush
The hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) has been the official state bird of Vermont since 1941. The hermit thrush is a medium-sized migratory bird that can be found in the coniferous or mixed woods across the northeastern and western United States, Canada to southern Alaska during their breeding. Hermit thrushes migrate to the south in the southern United States and south to Central America in the winter. But some of them remain in northern coastal US states and southern Ontario.
10. The Red Clover is the State Flower of Vermont
In 1894, the red clover (Trifolium pratense) was designated as the official state flower of Vermont. It is a flowering plant native to Europe, Western Asia, and northwest Africa but now widely naturalized and planted in many parts of the world including North America. Besides its beauty as an ornamental plant, the red clover is also valued for its nitrogen fixation that can increase soil fertility. Besides from being the state flower of Vermont, Trifolium pratense is also the national flower of Denmark.
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