Cities in Vermont
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.
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.
- In addition, there are 143 special districts and 291 independent school districts.
Initiative process availability
- 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.
10 most populated cities
|List of Most Populated Cities in Vermont|
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Full list of cities
- See also: List of Vermont cities
|A guide to local ballot initiatives|
- Local Government Types and Numbers Research Spreadsheet
- Handbook for Vermont Selectboards_10-20.pdf
- Types and Numbers of Local Government Research Spread Sheet
- The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments
- US Census Bureau "City and Town Totals: Vintage 2011 (Population figures as of 2011 Census estimates)