47 Facts About Vermont

1. Vermont is the only state in New England that does not border the Atlantic Ocean.

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2. Vermont is the second-least-populated US state after Wyoming and the sixth-smallest by area of the 50 US states with a recorded population of 643,503 according to the 2020 US census.

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3. Vermont was admitted to the newly established United States as the fourteenth state in 1791.

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4. The territory of Vermont was divided nearly in half in a jagged line running from Fort William Henry in Lake George diagonally north-eastward to Lake Memphremagog.

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5. Vermont was advising them on how to achieve admission into the newly independent United States of America as the 14th state.

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6. Vermont continued to govern itself as a sovereign entity based in the eastern town of Windsor for 14 years.

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7. The independent state of Vermont issued its own coinage from 1785 to 1788 and operated a national postal service.

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8. State of New York continued to assert a disputed claim that Vermont was a part of New York, Vermont could not be admitted to the Union under Article IV, Section3 of the Constitution until the legislature of New York consented.

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9. Vermont became the first to enter the Union after the original 13 states.

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10. From 1925 to 1928 the Eugenics Survey of Vermont conducted research and recorded the histories of families it determined were degenerate or dependent.

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11. In 1931, Vermont was the 29th state to pass a eugenics law.

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12. Vermont approved women's suffrage decades before it became part of the national constitution.

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13. In July 2000, Vermont became the first state to introduce civil unions.

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14. In 2009, Vermont became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, unforced by court challenge or ruling.

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15. On January 22, 2018, Vermont became the first of the United States to legalize cannabis for recreational use by legislative action, and the ninth state in the United States to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

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16. Vermont is located in the New England region of the northeastern United States and comprises 9,614 square miles, making it the 45th-largest state.

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17. About 500 million years ago, Vermont was part of Laurentia and located in the tropics.

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18. The central and southern Green Mountain range include the oldest rocks in Vermont, formed about one billion years ago during the first mountain building period.

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19. At one point, Vermont is believed to have been connected to Africa; the fossils found and the rock formations found on the coasts in both Africa and America are evidence affirming the Pangaea theory.

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20. Vermont contains one species of venomous snake, the timber rattlesnake, which is confined to a few acres in western Rutland County.

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21. Vermont is in the temperate broadleaf and mixed forests biome.

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22. The center of population of Vermont is located in Washington County, in the town of Warren.

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23. Those characteristics in eastern Vermont appear to have been inherited from West Country and Scots-Irish ancestors.

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24. One measure of economic activity in Vermont is retail sales.

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25. Vermont consumed three times more electricity than it generated in-state in 2019, and imported its largest share of electricity from Canada.

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26. Towns of Rutland and Barre are the traditional centers of marble and granite quarrying and carving in the US For many years Vermont was the headquarters of the smallest union in the US, the Stonecutters Association, of about 500 members.

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27. Vermont is the largest producer of slate in the country.

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28. Vermont was named the nation's smartest state in 2005 and 2006.

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29. In 2007, Vermont was ranked the third safest state for highway fatalities.

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30. In 1968, Vermont outlawed the use of billboards for advertisement along its roads.

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31. In 2010, Vermont was the sixth highest ranked state for Well-Being in a study by Gallup and Healthways.

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32. In 2008, Vermont was ranked number one in the nation as the healthiest place to live for the seventh time in eight years.

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33. In 2011, Vermont led the nation in the rate of young people who had consumed alcohol in the past month; one-third of people aged 11 through 20.

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34. In 2009, Vermont was ranked second in the nation for safety.

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35. Vermont is federally represented in the United States Congress by two senators and one representative.

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36. Vermont is one of four states that were once independent nations.

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37. Notably, Vermont is the only state to have voted for a presidential candidate from the Anti-Masonic Party, and Vermont was one of only two states to vote against Franklin D Roosevelt in all four of his presidential campaigns.

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38. Vermont was for many years a stronghold of the Republican Party.

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39. In September 2009, Vermont became the fourth state in which same-sex couples could marry.

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40. In 2014, Vermont became the first state to call for a constitutional convention to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v FEC.

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41. From 1856 to 1988, Vermont voted Democratic only once, in Lyndon B Johnson's landslide victory of 1964 against Barry M Goldwater.

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42. In 1988, a number of Vermont-based composers including Gwyneth Walker formed the Vermont Composers Consortium, which was recognized by the governor proclaiming 2011 as The Year of the Composer.

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43. Vermont was ranked as the 12th happiest state in the country.

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44. Currently the highest-ranked teams in basketball representing Vermont are the NCAA's Vermont Catamounts—male and female.

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45. Vermont is home to the University of Vermont Men's and Women's hockey teams.

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46. Kevin Lepage from Shelburne, Vermont is one of a few professional drivers from Vermont.

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47. Racing series in Vermont include NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, American Canadian Tour, and Vermont's own Tiger Sportsman Series.

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