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Old 07-21-2011, 06:27 PM
 
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By the way, Burlington has a noticeable amount of diversity, as does Winooski. South Burlington is improving as well in that regard.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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I haven't lived in Burlington, VT since the 1980s, but having spent the 60s and 70s, there, I can give some insight into the community, since I do visit every year.

Burlington has changed tremendously in the past 25-30 years. Whereas in years past, Burlington was Vermont's urban spot, a place where rural Vermonters congregated after they left the farms or the Northeast Kingdom. It always did have the University of Vermont, and St. Michael's College, and the large medical center and General Electric ( now gone) and, since the late '50s, IBM ( in nearby Essex Junction). Now, though, it has become a safety valve for UVM/St. Mike's grads originally from MA, NY, NJ, CT, RI, etc, who want to stay in town and aren't eager to go back to the more urban Northeast cities from which they came. THis has had the effect of raising the cost of living to a rather high level, to the point where Burlington is more expensive than many Midwestern/Southern cities many times its size. The job market is ultracompetitive, to say the least, and there are only so many plum opportunities out there in Burlington.

So if you have any plans about relocating to the Queen City, please plan carefully, and get the job first. Once that's done, try to find appropriate housing, and then you daydream about hiking Mt. Mansfield, swimming in Lake Champlain, skiing in Stowe, and visiting Montreal ( about 1.5 hrs away) on weekends. Just remember to bring a fully-loaded

wallet, or purse.
Or consider Plattsburgh, NY.......
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