About Burlington

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Living In and Around Burlington, VT

jobs in vermontBurlington might best be described as a not-so-well-kept secret. In recent years, the city has been included in dozens of Top 10 lists for its exceptional quality of life, yet the national attention hasn’t changed things much. It's still a place that combines stunning natural beauty, cultural appeal and the charm and warmth of small-town America.  And, as one of the country's most livable small cities, Burlington offers a sophisticated arts scene and countless opportunities to enjoy shows and concerts, galleries, restaurants and nightlife.  

Location

Burlington is located west of the Green Mountains, just 45 miles south of the US-Canadian border and approximately 250 miles from Boston. It is the largest city in Vermont; the metro area of Burlington houses approximately one-third of Vermont’s total population. Burlington sits on a hillside that slopes from the historic University of Vermont campus down to the spectacular Waterfront Park on the eastern shores of Lake Champlain. 

A Vibrant Downtown 

In the middle of downtown, you'll find a lively open-air pedestrian marketplace. Church Street is lined with outdoor cafes, restaurants and pubs, and features fine local and national merchants. A weekly farmer’s market is held in City Hall Park in the warmer months, offering locally-grown food and the work of local artists. Burlington offers countless eclectic restaurants, from lively pubs to ethnic eateries, many of which serve organic and natural foods grown by local farmers. And meals can be accompanied by award-winning microbrews and a growing selection of excellent wines and spirits made right here in Vermont. 

A City of Learning and the Arts

With the University of Vermont, Burlington College and Champlain College all located in Burlington, the city features the palpable energy that comes with being a college town and includes an arts and culture scene that belies the city’s relatively small size. The works of emerging and well-known artists and artisans can be found displayed in galleries around town. Nationally known musicians play the area’s clubs; the band Phish got its start right here in Burlington, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals still perform at Burlington venues. Northern New England’s leading arts venue, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, attracts performers ranging from international dance troupes to touring Broadway productions. Burlington hosts an annual Discover Jazz Festival, the Vermont Brewers Festival, First Night and many other events.  

Beyond Burlington 

A 10-minute drive from Burlington will have you looking over green pastures that stretch all the way to the slopes of the Green Mountains. A bit farther and you enter a world of small clapboard villages that define the essence of New England.  

In villages like Stowe and Waitsfield, clusters of cozy inns, shops and restaurants lie at the base of world-famous ski areas. And that's just a small fraction of the outdoor adventure that awaits you in the area. 

Fun Facts

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