The picturesque New England state of Vermont is home to over 620,000 residents and has a large senior community that accounts for one-fifth of its population, providing plenty of social and recreational opportunities for retirees. Among the state’s most well-known attractions is Stowe Mountain Resort, which has dining and shopping amenities and gondolas that carry sightseers to the summit for scenic summer and autumn views of the region. The state also has a large park system with fishing lakes, trails, bird-watching and boating. Its overall cost of living is about 5% below the national average, making it a budget-friendly option for retirees. Year-round temperatures are relatively pleasant, and while winters are very cold and snowy, the rest of the year is comfortable.
Independent living communities, also known as 55+ communities, are ideal for older adults seeking a low-maintenance lifestyle. These communities offer services, such as meals, housekeeping and grounds services, social and recreational activities and transportation services. On average, seniors in Vermont pay $3,452 per month for independent living services, which is several hundred dollars higher than the national median.
This guide highlights options for covering local services and lists some statewide organizations that serve older adults.