Bennington County, VT

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Population

36,054

1.23% decline

Median Age

46.6


Median Household Income

$52,251

1.48% growth

Poverty Rate

12.8%


Number of Employees

17,605

0.929% decline

Median Property Value

$208,600

0.627% growth

About

In 2017, Bennington County, VT had a population of 36.1k people with a median age of 46.6 and a median household income of $52,251. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Bennington County, VT declined from 36,503 to 36,054, a -1.23% decrease and its median household income grew from $51,489 to $52,251, a 1.48% increase.

The population of Bennington County, VT is 94.7% White Alone, 2.14% Two or More Races, and 1.75% Hispanic or Latino. 4.21% of the people in Bennington County, VT speak a non-English language, and 98.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bennington County, VT are Bennington College (319 degrees awarded in 2016) and Southern Vermont College (117 degrees).

The median property value in Bennington County, VT is $208,600, and the homeownership rate is 72.9%. Most people in Bennington County, VT commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Bennington County, VT is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Bennington County, VT employs 17.6k people. The largest industries in Bennington County, VT are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,746 people), Manufacturing (2,459 people), and Retail Trade (2,315 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($79,250), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,333), and Wholesale Trade ($47,625).

Median household income in Bennington County, VT is $52,251. Males in Bennington County, 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 Bennington County, VT (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,251

2017 value

± $3,311

1.48%

1 Year Growth

± 8.95%

Households in Bennington County, VT have a median annual income of $52,251, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,489 in 2016, which represents a 1.48% 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 Bennington County, VT made 1.22 times more than female 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 Bennington County, VT 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 Bennington County, 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9702

  2. Census Tract 9710

  3. Census Tract 9708

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bennington County, VT was Census Tract 9702 with a value of $68,787, followed by Census Tract 9710 and Census Tract 9708, with respective values of $63,750 and $61,675.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bennington County, VT (4.44k out of 34.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

    4,061 ± 419

  2. Two Or More

    249 ± 126

  3. Hispanic

    140 ± 111

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bennington County, VT is White, followed by Two Or More and Hispanic.

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

17.6k

2017 Value

± 793

-0.929%

1 Year decline

± 6.27%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bennington County, VT declined at a rate of -0.929%, from 17.8k employees to 17.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bennington County, VT, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,937 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,869 people), and Management Occupations (1,781 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bennington County, VT.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bennington County, VT, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,937 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,869 people), and Management Occupations (1,781 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bennington County, VT has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.64 times higher than expected), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.55 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.38 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bennington County, VT, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($78,438), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($74,324), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($73,239).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

17.6k

2017 Value

± 793

-0.929%

1 Year decline

± 6.27%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bennington County, VT declined at a rate of -0.929%, from 17.8k employees to 17.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bennington County, VT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,746 people), Manufacturing (2,459 people), and Retail Trade (2,315 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bennington County, VT, though some of these residents may live in Bennington County, 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 Bennington County, VT, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,746 people), Manufacturing (2,459 people), and Retail Trade (2,315 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bennington County, VT has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.94 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.7 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.54 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bennington County, VT, by median earnings, are Utilities ($79,250), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,333), and Wholesale Trade ($47,625).

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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. $5.11B

  2. $4.24B

  3. $1.72B

In 2015, the top outbound Vermont product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $5.11B, followed by Pharmaceuticals with $4.24B and Mixed freight and $1.72B.

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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$24.7B

2015 Value

$41B

Projected 2045 Value

66.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound Vermont trade was $24.7B. This is expected to increase 66.2% 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. $3.73B

  2. $2.41B

  3. $1.22B

In 2015, the top outbound Vermont domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $3.73B, followed by Massachusetts with $2.41B and Pennsylvania and $1.22B.

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Health

95.7% of the population of Bennington County, VT has health coverage, with 38.6% on employee plans, 26% on Medicaid, 16.1% on Medicare, 13.5% on non-group plans, and 1.58% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Bennington County, VT see 1038 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.24% increase from the previous year (959 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1293 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 233 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

1,038 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Bennington County, VT see an average of 1,038 patients per year. This represents a 8.24% increase from the previous year (959 patients).

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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%).

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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%).

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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

4.32%

Uninsured

38.6%

Employer Coverage

26%

Medicaid

16.1%

Medicare

13.5%

Non-Group

1.58%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bennington County, VT declined by 9.45% from 4.77% to 4.32%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bennington County, 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

Bennington County, VT is home to a population of 36.1k people, from which 98.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.92% of Bennington County, VT residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Bennington County, VT is composed of 34.2k White Alone residents (94.7%), 772 Two or More Races residents (2.14%), 632 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.75%), 289 Black or African American Alone residents (0.802%), 140 Asian Alone residents (0.388%), 31 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.086%), 18 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0499%), and 12 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0333%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Bennington County, VT are Spanish or Spanish Creole (476 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (303 speakers), and German (200 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

46

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

49

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Bennington County, VT was 46.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in Bennington County, VT are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Bennington County, VT residents was 46.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.92%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.62%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.92% of Bennington County, VT residents 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 Bennington County, VT was 2.62%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Bennington County, VT was Canada, the natal country of 4,345 Bennington County, VT residents, followed by China with 1,559 and Bhutan with 1,529.

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Citizenship

98.6%

2017 Citizenship

98.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.6% of Bennington County, VT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Bennington County, VT was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    34.2k ± 20

  2. Two or More Races

    772 ± 126

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    632 ± 97

In 2017, there were 44.2 times more White Alone residents (34.2k people) in Bennington County, VT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 772 Two or More Races and 632 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Bennington County, VT as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    476 speakers (1.37%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    303 speakers (0.869%)

  3. German

    200 speakers (0.574%)

4.21% of Bennington County, VT citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Bennington County, VT was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.37% of the overall population of Bennington County, VT are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.869% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.574% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    917 ± 133

  2. Korea

    362 ± 92

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    282 ± 114

Bennington County, VT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.53 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Bennington County, VT awarded 436 degrees. The student population of Bennington County, VT is skewed towards women, with 441 male students and 738 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bennington County, VT are White (315 and 76.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (32 and 7.77%), Unknown (28 and 6.8%), and Black or African American (21 and 5.1%).

The largest universities in Bennington County, VT by number of degrees awarded are Bennington College (319 and 73.2%) and Southern Vermont College (117 and 26.8%).

The most popular majors in Bennington County, VT are Other English Language & Literature (41 and 9.4%), General Visual & Performing Arts (40 and 9.17%), and General Psychology (31 and 7.11%).

The median tuition costs in Bennington County, VT are $36,570 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 21 degrees awarded

  2. 40 degrees awarded

  3. 31 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Bennington County, VT was General Literature with 21 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 319 degrees awarded

  2. 117 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$36,570

Median Private

In 2016, the Bennington County, VT institution with the largest number of graduating students was Bennington College with 319 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

154

Degrees Awarded to Men

282

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 154 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bennington County, VT, which is 0.546 times less than the 282 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

    315 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    32 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    28 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Bennington County, VT were to White students. These 315 degrees mean that there were 9.84 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 32 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bennington County, VT was $208,600 in 2017, which is 0.959 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $207,300 to $208,600, a 0.627% increase. The homeownership rate in Bennington County, VT is 72.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Bennington County, VT have an average commute time of 17.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bennington County, VT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,251

Median Household Income

± $3,311

15.3k

Number of Households

± 729

In 2017, the median household income of the 15.3k households in Bennington County, VT grew to $52,251 from the previous year's value of $51,489.

The following chart displays the households in Bennington County, 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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Housing

Property Value

$208,600

2017 Median

± $8,392

$207,300

2016 Median

± $8,814

In 2017, the median property value in Bennington County, VT grew to to $208,600 from the previous year's value of $207,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bennington County, 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 Bennington County, VT the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

72.9%

2017 Homeownership

72.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.9% of the housing units in Bennington County, VT were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 72.9%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

17.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bennington County, VT have a shorter commute time (17.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.85% of the workforce in Bennington County, VT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.6%

  2. Carpooled

    8.94%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.96%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Bennington County, VT was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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