The state flag of Vermont.
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|Population:||625,741 (July 2016)|
|Size:||9,614 square miles|
|Nickname(s):||Green Mountain State|
|Motto:||“Freedom and Unity”|
The Republic of New Connecticut, Vermont’ original name, was a sovereign state. The constitution established by the new government banned slavery, freed male slaves at the age of 21 and female slaves at the age of 18 and called for the support of public schools. The state’s stance of slavery made and its border with Canada made Vermont an important player in the Underground Railroad, which helped slaves gain their freedom.
The 14th state in the Union, Vermont, was originally claimed by New York. Vermont could not join the Union until their differences were sorted out. New York wanted a defined boundary and Vermont wanted to buyout New Yorkers who claimed to own land in the Vermont. The two settled their differences and the state of Vermont was admitted to the Union in 1971.
Colleges in Vermont are very expensive for both in-state and out-of-state tuition. The Vermont State College system has five colleges in the University of Vermont, and there are 14 other private colleges in the state. The population, on average, have more education than the rest of the nation.
Doing business in Vermont is expensive; however, GlobalFoundries produces semiconductors in the state. The factory employees about 3,000 people.
Vermont has struggled to maintain its rural roots, as developers have sought to purchase farm and dairy lands for housing developments. The number of dairy farms continues to diminish even though the legislature stepped in with new laws to control development.
Dairy farms have declined dramatically over the years; yet, the industry still remains the number one source of income in the agriculture industry. Lumber and maple syrup round out some of the other top products produced in Vermont.
Marble, granite and slate are mined in Vermont. The state is home to one of the earliest marble quarries in United States. Vermont is also one of the top producers of dimension stone and slate.
Vermont is a state with seasons. Not all states have a defined spring, summer, winter, and fall. Fall is the time to visit, as the hills are alive with changing of the leaves. Red, orange, and gold foliage beacon winter, which can bring as much as 100 inches of snow.
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