Burlington, VT

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Population

42,453

0.242% decline

Poverty Rate

24.4%


Median Age

26.7


Median Household Income

$47,140

0.826% growth

Number of Employees

23,207

0.935% growth

Median Property Value

$267,500

1.21% growth

About

In 2017, Burlington, VT had a population of 42.5k people with a median age of 26.7 and a median household income of $47,140. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Burlington, VT declined from 42,556 to 42,453, a -0.242% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,754 to $47,140, a 0.826% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Burlington, VT are White (Non-Hispanic) (82.7%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (6.25%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.47%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (2.27%), and White (Hispanic) (2.19%). N/A% of the people in Burlington, VT speak a non-English language, and 93% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Burlington, VT are University of Vermont (3,046 degrees awarded in 2017) and Champlain College (1,622 degrees).

The median property value in Burlington, VT is $267,500, and the homeownership rate is 38.8%. Most people in Burlington, VT commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Burlington, VT is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Vermont.

This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Vermont (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Burlington, VT employs 23.2k people. The largest industries in Burlington, VT are Educational Services (4,382 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,547 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,047 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($69,034), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,652), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,735).

Median household income in Burlington, VT is $47,140. Males in Burlington, VT have an average income that is 1.22 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,020. The income inequality in Burlington, VT (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,140

2017 value

± $4,192

0.826%

1 Year Growth

± 12.5%

Households in Burlington, VT have a median annual income of $47,140, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $46,754 in 2016, which represents a 0.826% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,726

Average Male Salary

± $3,747

$48,020

Average Female Salary

± $2,994

In 2017, full-time male employees in Vermont made 1.22 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Vermont by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $45,713 ± $2,153

  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,505 ± $51,495

  3. Asian

    $37,572 ± $17,308

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Vermont workers was White. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Burlington, VT is from Vermont.

0.442

2017 Wage GINI

0.443

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Vermont was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.056% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Vermont was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Vermont in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Vermont across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 11

  2. Census Tract 2

  3. Census Tract 8

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Burlington, VT was Census Tract 11 with a value of $76,618, followed by Census Tract 2 and Census Tract 8, with respective values of $70,185 and $62,898.

The following map shows all of the places in Burlington, VT colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

24.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Burlington, VT (8.74k out of 35.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    7,400 ± 610

  2. Black

    692 ± 195

  3. Asian

    373 ± 157

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Burlington, VT is White, followed by Black and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

23.2k

2017 Value

± 957

0.935%

1 Year growth

± 5.65%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Burlington, VT grew at a rate of 0.935%, from 23k employees to 23.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Burlington, VT, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,682 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,635 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,282 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Burlington, VT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Burlington, VT, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,682 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,635 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,282 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Burlington, VT has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.71 times higher than expected), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (2.48 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.68 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Burlington, VT, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($79,583), Legal Occupations ($64,773), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($62,481).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

23.2k

2017 Value

± 957

0.935%

1 Year growth

± 5.65%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Burlington, VT grew at a rate of 0.935%, from 23k employees to 23.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Burlington, VT, are Educational Services (4,382 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,547 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,047 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Burlington, VT, though some of these residents may live in Burlington, VT and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Burlington, VT, by number of employees, are Educational Services (4,382 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,547 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,047 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Burlington, VT has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.04 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.73 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.55 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Burlington, VT, by median earnings, are Utilities ($69,034), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,652), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,735).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Vermont to other states, or from other states to Vermont.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $5.58B

  2. $4.84B

  3. $1.74B

In 2015, the top outbound Vermont product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $5.58B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($4.84B) and Mixed freight ($1.74B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Vermont products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$27B

2020 Value

$41B

Projected 2045 Value

51.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Vermont trade was $27B. This is expected to increase 51.7% to $41B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Vermont trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Vermont to other states, or from other states to Vermont.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $4.11B

  2. $2.66B

  3. $1.36B

In 2015, the top outbound Vermont domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $4.11B, followed by Massachusetts with $2.66B and Pennsylvania and $1.36B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Vermont shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95.9% of the population of Burlington, VT has health coverage, with 55.4% on employee plans, 20.8% on Medicaid, 6.8% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 0.806% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Burlington, VT was $10,190 in 2014. This is a 2.73% increase from the previous year ($9,919).

Primary care physicians in Burlington, VT see 556 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.94% decrease from the previous year (567 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1091 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 178 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Essex County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.2%). Additionally, Caledonia County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (30.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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556 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Chittenden County, VT see an average of 556 patients per year. This represents a 1.94% decrease from the previous year (567 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Chittenden County, VT in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$10,190

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,313

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,917

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,231

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Vermont (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.73%, from $9,919 to $10,190.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.15%

Uninsured

55.4%

Employer Coverage

20.8%

Medicaid

6.8%

Medicare

12.1%

Non-Group

0.806%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Burlington, VT declined by 9.94% from 4.6% to 4.15%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Burlington, VT changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 11.2% prevalence

  2. 10.1% prevalence

  3. 9.9% prevalence

Essex County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Vermont, at 11.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Vermont by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Burlington, VT is home to a population of 42.5k people, from which 93% are citizens. As of 2017, 12.9% of Burlington, VT residents were born outside of the country (5.46k people).

In 2017, there were 13.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (35.1k people) in Burlington, VT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.65k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 2.32k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

26

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.9

30

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Burlington, VT was 26.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 26, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 30. But people in Burlington, VT are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Burlington, VT residents was 27.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.46k people

11.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

5.07k people

As of 2017, 12.9% of Burlington, VT residents (5.46k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Burlington, VT was 11.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Canada

    4,345 ± 1,613 people

  2. China

    1,559 ± 968 people

  3. Bhutan

    1,529 ± 959 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Vermont was Canada, the natal country of 4,345 Vermont residents, followed by China with 1,559 and Bhutan with 1,529.

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Citizenship

93%

2017 Citizenship

93.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 93% of Burlington, VT residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Burlington, VT was 93.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Burlington, VT

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    35.1k ± 560

  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    2.65k ± 493

  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    2.32k ± 349

In 2017, there were 13.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (35.1k people) in Burlington, VT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.65k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 2.32k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Burlington, VT as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    529 ± 135

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    178 ± 75

  3. World War II

    165 ± 69

Burlington, VT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.97 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Burlington, VT awarded 4,668 degrees. The student population of Burlington, VT is skewed towards women, with 8,241 male students and 9,848 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Burlington, VT are White (3,481 and 76.3%), followed by Unknown (412 and 9.03%), Hispanic or Latino (234 and 5.13%), and Black or African American (165 and 3.61%).

The largest universities in Burlington, VT by number of degrees awarded are University of Vermont (3,046 and 65.3%) and Champlain College (1,622 and 34.7%).

The most popular majors in Burlington, VT are General Business Administration & Management (490 and 10.5%), Computer Forensics & Counterterrorism (186 and 3.98%), and Organizational Leadership (142 and 3.04%).

The median tuition costs in Burlington, VT are $39,718 for private four year colleges, and $15,504 and $39,120 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 133 degrees awarded

  2. 125 degrees awarded

  3. 297 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Burlington, VT was Environmental Studies with 133 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Burlington, VT according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,046 degrees awarded

  2. 1,622 degrees awarded

$15,504

Median In-State Public

$39,718

Median Private

In 2017, the Burlington, VT institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Vermont with 3,046 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,152

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,516

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,152 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Burlington, VT, which is 0.855 times less than the 2,516 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,481 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    412 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    234 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Burlington, VT were to White students. These 3,481 degrees mean that there were 8.45 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 412 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Burlington, VT was $267,500 in 2017, which is 1.16 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $264,300 to $267,500, a 1.21% increase. The homeownership rate in Burlington, VT is 38.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Burlington, VT have an average commute time of 17.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Burlington, VT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$267,500

2017 Median

± $9,748

$264,300

2016 Median

± $10,019

In 2017, the median property value in Burlington, VT grew to to $267,500 from the previous year's value of $264,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Burlington, VT compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Burlington, VT the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$47,140

Median Household Income

± $4,192

16.1k

Number of Households

± 770

In 2017, the median household income of the 16.1k households in Burlington, VT grew to $47,140 from the previous year's value of $46,754.

The following chart displays the households in Burlington, VT distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Burlington, VT distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Burlington, VT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

38.8%

2017 Homeownership

39.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 38.8% of the housing units in Burlington, VT were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 39.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Burlington, VT compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

17.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Burlington, VT have a shorter commute time (17.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.493% of the workforce in Burlington, VT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    52.3%

  2. Walked

    21.5%

  3. Carpooled

    8.84%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Burlington, VT was Drove Alone (52.3%), followed by those who Walked (21.5%) and those who Carpooled (8.84%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Burlington, VT distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Burlington, VT have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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