Independent Living in Vermont

Vermont is primarily known for its scenic natural beauty, famous covered bridges, and popularity as a vacation and skiing destination. And yes, it’s also known for maple syrup - Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States. Vermont’s expansive, serene woodlands, snowy peaks, and charming cities like Burlington make “The Green Mountain State” a perfect retirement destination.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 10 retirement communities in Vermont which offer independent living. The median monthly cost of independent living in Vermont is about $4,400.

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Vermont Independent Living Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Vermont.

In Vermont, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Vermont is considered to be less affordable than the national average. Vermont is rated above average in every index category. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 119
  • Groceries: 111
  • Housing: 127
  • Utilities: 120
  • Transportation: 120

Demographics

Over one-fifth of Vermont’s population is over the age of 65. In the 2016 presidential election, Vermont leaned strongly liberal.

2016 Presidential Election

  • Voted Democratic: 57%
  • Voted Republican: 30%
  • Voted third party: 13%

Population

  • Median age: 43
  • Over the age of 55: 35%
  • 2018 population: 626,299
  • 2020 population: 629,862
  • Estimated 2025 population: 638,859

Miscellaneous

  • 21% regularly attend a religious service
  • 59% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 854 congregations
  • There are 88 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Vermont has a warm summer humid continental type of climate. This means that the state experiences hot and muggy summers, cold winters, and four distinct seasons with an average amount of rainfall throughout the year. During winter the state receives a significant amount of snowfall, leading to its reputation as a prime skiing destination.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 72%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 8” (August)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 36 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 44 in May (Good)

Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 43°F
  • Average summer temperature: 65°F
  • Typical summer high: 84°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 46°F (June)
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