Cities in Vermont

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This page contains a list of cities in Vermont, and other information about local governments.

Vermont allows municipal charter cities. There are 14 total counties in Vermont. All 14 of them are subject to general law.[1]

There are 282 total municipalities in Vermont. Of those 282, 214 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 68 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Vermont consists of:

  • Counties. Vermont is divided up into counties, which are not allowed a Charter by state law but are run according to General law.
  • Towns. Towns are local governments under Counties. Some Towns are allowed Charters but most are governed according to general law.
  • Villages. Villages are local governments under towns. They provide some services such as sewer, water, police and fire.
  • Cities. Cities are local units of government that are independent of towns. Currently all cities in Vermont are charter cities.[2]

In Vermont, there are 14 counties, 9 cities, 237 towns and 36 villages. All nine cities are chartered, as well as 34 towns and 25 villages.[3]

  • In addition, there are 143 special districts and 291 independent school districts.[4]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Vermont
  • State laws do not mention Initiative petitions for ordinances.
  • The voters of all municipalities have the right to petition a referendum in order to repeal any enacted or amended ordinance.
  • The voters of all municipalities have the right to petition the adoption of a charter. The voters of all chartered municipalities have the right to petition for the amendment of their charter.
  • Citizens in chartered cities, villages, and towns may be granted an Initiative process for ordinances in the individual municipal charter.[3]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Vermont
City[5] Population City Type Next election
Burlington 42,645 Charter N/A
South Burlington 18,017 Charter N/A
Rutland 16,399 Charter N/A
Essex Junction 9,331 (village)Charter N/A
Barre 9,066 Charter N/A
Montpelier 7,868 Charter N/A
Winooski 7,312 Charter N/A
St. Albans 6,971 Charter N/A
Newport 4,579 Charter N/A
Bellows Falls 3,131 (village)Charter N/A

Full list of cities

See also: List of Vermont cities
A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there were 282 incorporated cities, villages and towns in Vermont. A full list of cities in Vermont is available here.

See also