Addison County Community Info
ADDISON COUNTY is located in the mid-western portion of the state and encompasses a wide variety of topographic features. Starting from the shores of Lake Champlain, one moves eastward through the open, fertile farmland of the Champlain Valley, on to the foothills and eventually the peaks of the Green Mountains, where crystal clear streams wind through predominantly wooded settings. This unique landscape provides an opportunity for a variety of lifestyles.
Addison County is comprised of three moderate sized towns and a number of smaller rural communities. Middlebury is located halfway between Vermont’s two major cities, Burlington to the north and Rutland to the south. With a population of 8,500, Middlebury is the largest town and the hub of the county. It is also the home of prestigious Middlebury College, one of the nation’s first coed colleges (enrollment 2,500), the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, founded in 1926, and the world-acclaimed Middlebury Language School, thus rendering a strong influence on the area. CAMPUS MAP
As with other college towns, cultural opportunities abound and are equal to those in many larger cities. Middlebury, with more than 300 buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is the typical, quaint New England town offering such interesting landmarks as the University of Vermont’s Morgan Horse Farm, a national historic site.
Middlebury offers Porter Hospital, an excellent 45 bed hospital with more doctors than beds, together with a new extended care facility. Burlington, with more urban amenities and a well served airport, lies 35 miles to the north. An international flavor can be obtained in Montreal, an easy 135 mile drive from Middlebury.
The entire area is a nicely balanced blend of light industry, farming and the influence of the college community. Included in the industrial sector are such recognized national companies as UTC Aero Space and Cabot Cheese. Farming pursuits are primarily dairy and orchards, with other activities being horses, sheep and crops, including maple and cheese production. There is also a growing segment of organic crop farming.
Middlebury has a wide variety of housing situations, from the elegant, older Colonials to the newer suburban developments. There are also a number of condominium developments in various parts of town.
Vergennes is located on Otter Creek, the historic gateway to Lake Champlain, which was the earliest avenue of commerce in the State of Vermont. Vergennes also offers a wide variety of housing, from the unique architectural styles dating back to the early 1800’s to the newer suburban developments. Vergennes also offers some condominium projects located in or near the center of town. With a population of 2,700, Vergennes is home to one of the largest employers in Addison County, UTC Aerospace. Originally the home of Vermont’s largest shipyards, Vergennes has traditionally been oriented toward Lake Champlain, first as a source of commerce and, more recently, for recreational facilities. Vergennes and the surrounding towns of northern Addison County offer easy access to the greater Burlington area and its more metropolitan influences.
Bristol is a small, quaint New England village of 3,700 people at the base of the Green Mountains with its picturesque village green accentuated by a traditional bandstand. The area has historically been dependent on the lumbering industry as its main economic base. With the abundant acreage of the Green Mountain National Forest and the pristine waters of the New Haven River, this area offers some of the most refreshing scenic beauty in the State of Vermont. Bristol offers a mix of older period homes which are mostly in town and a wide variety of more rural opportunities. Currently there are no condominium units available in Bristol.
Surrounding these larger towns are many rural villages with populations ranging from 400 to 2,700. Housing opportunities will vary greatly from older homes built in the early 1800’s to the newer energy efficient techniques of the 21st century. Acreage amounts will also vary greatly. There are also a variety of bare land parcels of various sizes for those who wish to build.
For more information take a look at the following link to,
"An Addison County Comunity Profile"