Retire in Burlington

Best Retirement City - Burlington

See why many believe that Burlington is the best city to retire

An unquestionable skier's paradise, Burlington, Vermont has a great deal to offer residents both on and off the slopes. Access to outdoor activities is available year-round, so avid hikers will find themselves at home once the winter snow melts. The city also boasts an impressive restaurant scene, as well as a rich cultural scene. Although the cost of living is higher than the national average here, many residents think the lifestyle is well worth the additional expense. Burlington is made up of a variety of neighborhoods, with the New North End, the Old North End, and The Hill being a few examples. Most homes in the Old North End were built in the 1800's, and the diverse population gives the area a unique vibe. By contrast, most homes in the New North end were build in the 1950's, and the area has a bit more of a typical suburban feel to it. The Hill area is home to slightly larger residences, some of which are fortunate enough to have beautiful Lake Champlain views. Click on the tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Burlington.

City Highlights

  1. Excellent skiing
  2. Access to hiking and other outdoor activities
  3. Great restaurants and nightlife
  4. Low unemployment rate for retirees
  5. Large volunteer community

Potential Drawbacks

  1. High cost of living
  2. Tourist crowds during peak ski season
  3. Few hospitals within 25 miles

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 42,677

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Boston, MA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Burlington International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Montreal Pierre Trudeau International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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